Reaction Times

Large vs Small Muscle Movement and Reaction Times In the next belt curriculum you will study the muscular system in detail. One of the areas you will study involves fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscles. People who are exposed to long duration exercises (long-distance running, swimming, etc.) will generally have a larger percentage of slow-twitch muscles (perhaps Read More …

Green Belt Manipulation Skills

In this article we will cover many skills that can be utilized to manipulate and control an opponent. You will be introduced to some new concepts and ways of thinking about controlling and opponent. Big Circles vs Small Circles One useful goal in any conflict is to minimize your own energy expenditure while simultaneously maximizing Read More …

Physical Conditioning

Many of the skills you will learn in this belt require excellent physical conditioning. This requirement increases significantly as you progress into future belts. This is the time to become serious about your physical conditioning. Hopefully you have been doing exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, stand-ups, and similar drills to increase strength, improve flexibility, and enhance Read More …

Training

We will discuss ways in which you might enhance your training in this section. As you will discover, your skills and knowledge will grow substantially as you observe, consider, and experience new ideas, patterns of movements, and skills. Watch, listen, experiment and learn through every possible venue. Tournaments Martial arts tournaments are a fantastic way Read More …

Choke Hold Releases

Common choke holds (different from a rear naked choke) are interesting attacks. In most cases the attacker has placed themselves in severe jeopardy and then mistakenly believes they hold the upper hand. The first thing to realize about choke holds is that your opponent has, in most cases, employed both hands in an attack and Read More …

Headlock Releases

One of the most common types of grabs is a headlock. The opponent encircles your neck with one or both arms, trapping your head and limiting or preventing your movement. These can be life-threatening attacks and therefore require an immediate response on your part. We will discuss ways in which you can obtain your freedom Read More …

Orange Belt Kick Defenses

Several of the Uke combinations you study in this belt deal with defending against kicks. While these combinations can be useful at times there are often better ways to defend yourself against a kicking attack. Here are some additional guidelines to consider when defending against a kick. When possible, avoid blocking a kick with an Read More …

Orange Belt Rear Shoulder Grab Releases

When someone grabs you by the shoulders from behind you will need to react quickly. How you react depends, at least to some degree, on whether they are simply grabbing, grabbing and pushing, grabbing and pulling, or grabbing and then changing their grip (for example, proceeding from a rear grab to a choke hold. It Read More …

Rotational Delivery

Within Tensoku Ryu when we issue a block we want to ensure the block makes contact with the opponent using what we refer to as rotational delivery. This method of blocking provides many benefits often not considered or available with typical blocking methodologies. We will cover these basic delivery mechanisms for this blocking style and Read More …