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 Open and Closed Hand Strikes

The combinations in this section include all of the striking sequences where one hand is closed and the other is open. Shuto Uchi – Gyaku Tsuki This combination is again very similar to the – combination except that a horizontal is used as the first strike. The same circular benefits, return speed, and guard position Read More …

Orange Belt Open Hand Strikes

In this section we discuss strikes where both hands are open upon contact. Try practicing these strikes when the hands are a) open the entire time, and b) opened just before the moment of impact. Using both techniques will ensure you can use these strikes regardless of how your hand was originally structured or positioned. Read More …

Orange Belt Closed Hand Strikes

In this section we will discuss those combinations that are predominantly delivered with closed fists. These will include both and striking combinations. Many of the striking combinations involve strike with the front hand and then subsequently striking with . The front hand may strike with a Tsuki motion (such as a jab) or with a Read More …

Yellow Belt Inside Blocks

These are blocks that generally travel from the outside edge of your toward your on an inward trajectory. This is often referred to as a or outside initiated movement. So, the Chudan Uke described below could also accurately be described (and often is by other martial arts systems) as Soto Chudan Uke in some circumstances, Read More …

Yellow Belt Closed Hand Strikes

The closed hand can be used to strike in many different ways. Nearly any portion of a tightly closed hand can be employed as a striking surface. The surface used will depend upon many factors including your intent, your position relative to an opponent, how your opponent is structured or aligned, and your intended target Read More …

Yellow Belt Rear and Hooking Kicks

In this post we will cover several different categories of kicks. These include rear kicks, crescent kicks and hook kicks. There are two or three of each type of kick in the requirements for achieving the rank of Yellow Belt (). These kicks are not taught in the order presented here, but are rather established Read More …

Yellow Belt Rotating Kicks

In this article we will discuss kicks delivered by using body rotation as a method of generating power or confusing an opponent. Kicks that employ rotational delivery are often quite powerful, but are also often easily detected during the earliest stages of delivery. Common Elements There are several delivery methods and processes these kicks have in Read More …

Yellow Belt Side Kicks

Tensoku Ryu students studying to achieve their Yellow Belt () ranking study numerous stationary kicks. In this post we will discuss those kicks that are delivered off to the side, or more specifically in the direction of local angle three or four. The kicks presented in this post are not provided in any particular order. Read More …