Kumite Sparring Matches

This article provides an overview of the management of a Tensoku Ryu Kumite sparring match. It does not cover all aspects of the management process. It does not, for example, define the requirements for the physical area in which the matches will be held, nor does it discuss the need for appropriate medical personnel who Read More …

Sparring Equipment

The armor above was used in a different context, but its purpose was the same – to protect the person wearing the equipment, to the extent possible, from injury. Failure to wear appropriate equipment would have been a terrible mistake during feudal Japanese battles, just as failure to wear appropriate sparring equipment is a terrible Read More …

Being Hit

Few people enjoy being hit. Nearly everyone has an innate fear of being struck. Students may dislike the idea of receiving a painful injury, worry that they may lose consciousness, or be concerned about long-term health risks. These are of course all legitimate concerns. But, believe it or not, being hit has benefits. The first Read More …

Moto Dachi

Moto Dachi is a general fighting stance in which the feet are set comfortably wide (a little longer than the length of your shin) and the knees are slightly bent.  In most martial arts styles the front foot faces directly forward and the back foot is rotated toward angles 5 or 7 (depending on which leg Read More …