Rooting

Rooting is the process of forcing an opponent (or yourself) to drop and distribute weight down and through the legs in such a way that the legs cannot readily move from that position. A classic example is when you force someone back slightly so that all of his or her weight is evenly distributed on Read More …

Directional Terminology

Throughout our training materials we refer to various directions, angles, and positions. We will cover the most salient of these terms in this article so that you have one central place to visit when you encounter a term you no longer recall or that is foreign to you. You can sort the various tables by Read More …

The Concept of Center

Within Tensoku Ryu one of the most fundamental, useful, and omnipresent concepts is that of the center, or centering. The “center” refers to where your body is currently focused, while “centering” refers to the process of moving your body so that it will face or establish a new center. Let’s first focus our discussions on Read More …

Fundamental Lines and Planes

There are several fundamental lines that we use to help visualize concepts and communicate movements, directions, and ideas.  Below are the primary lines and planes with which you will want to be familiar. Before we begin let’s review some very basic geometry.  A line is a direct connection between two points.  A line is often Read More …

The Octagon

One of the most fundamental conceptual elements of the Tensoku Ryu system is the Octagon. We use this concept to help define movement directions in multiple ways. The most fundamental use is to imagine the Octagon projected onto the floor. Now we can establish some common movement patterns and points of reference. The Octagon Model Read More …