Kakato Geri

Also called an Ax Kick, this kick drives the heel of a raised and straightened leg down into a target. Targets might include the shoulder of a standing individual or the rear torso of someone bent forward.

Sanchin Dachi

Sanchin Dachi is a strong and stable stance often used when in close contact with an opponent. The stance offers strength and great resistance to movement. It also allows for greater power to be conveyed into short-range strikes that are delivered from this position.

Juke

One or more quick motions intended to deceive or briefly disorient an opponent. A juke may or may not involve contact with the opponent. If contact is involved then the purpose of the Juke is normally to disrupt the opponent’s structural integrity for a brief moment. If contact is not involved, then the Juke is Read More …

Center Plane

An imaginary plane that originates along the length of your Mother Line and extends outward above and below your Center Line.

Rokkyu

Sixth Mudansha level before Sandan. Purple Belt rank.

Hizagashira

The Japanese anatomical name for the knee cap.

Front Leg

The leg that is forward and closest to your direction of focus. For example, if you are standing in Heiko Dachi facing an opponent at angle 1, then stepping back with the right leg will move it further away from your opponent and make your left leg the Front Leg. There is neither a Front Read More …

Back Leg

The leg that is back and furthest from your direction of focus. For example, if you are standing in Heiko Dachi facing an opponent at angle 1, then stepping back with the right leg will move it further away from your opponent and make your right leg the Back Leg. There is neither a Front Read More …

Front Hand

This is the hand of the arm that is on the same side of the body as your Front Leg. For example, if your right leg is back then your left leg is the Front Leg and your left hand is the Front Hand. It remains the Front Hand as long as the left leg Read More …

Back Hand

This is the hand of the arm that is on the same side of the body as your Back Leg. For example, if your right leg is back, then your right hand is the Back Hand. It remains the Back Hand as long as the right leg remains the Back Leg. It does not matter Read More …

Pinan Godan

The fifth and final Kata in the Pinan Kata Series

Knee Positioning Rule

This rule stipulates that when using a stance in which the front leg is bent and weight is pressing forward and over this leg, the front knee should not move forward (appreciably) of the ankle of the same leg. Pushing the knee forward in such a circumstance can put great pressure on the knee joint Read More …

Katana

A Japanese sword with a curved blade having one sharpened edge. The blade-not including the handle (Tsuka)-ranges from 60 cm to 73 cm (23.6″ to 28.75″), though the length may exceed this range on occasion. A sharpened Katana is generally referred to as a Shinken. An unsharpened practice Katana is commonly called an Iaido.