Chikama, Ittoma, Toma Ma Ai

refers to the engagement distance between yourself and an opponent. How you might elect to move can be determined by the magnitude of this distance. There are three primary distances that we consider when deciding how to move. Chikama Chikama (or Chika Ma) refers to a short distance. This usually means that the opponent is Read More …

Bunkai

In Japanese Bunkai means disassembly, dismantling, or analysis. In mathematical terms it refers to factorization. When used in a martial arts context it usually refers to analysis, explanation, or justification for a movement or series of movements. In essence it means knowing why and ultimately the purpose for performing a sequence of actions. But the term Read More …

Kihonteki Shodan Kata

Kihonteki Shodan is an introductory Kata intended to focus attention on angles, two basic stances, and fundamental blocks that every student should master. The Kata is also used to drill home the importance of having the hands in proper guard position. This Kata is sometimes referred to as the Blocking Set, but the Kihonteki Shodan Read More …

Inducement

Within the Tensoku Ryu system it is considered to be inappropriate and a violation of our basic principles to goad or otherwise chide a person into a physical confrontation. We do not wish to engage in name calling, challenges, or other practices that may cause someone to unnecessarily attack us. If someone is harassing us 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 …

Angular and Tangential Velocities

Angular Velocity is a measure of how quickly something moves about a fixed point. In other words, how quickly something moves about the circumference of a circle. The speed of this movement is normally measured in radians or degrees per unit of time, most commonly seconds (though if you were measuring the movement of stars Read More …

Disproportionality

Disproportionality refers to doing something and then doing something related with a different degree of commitment. This is often applied to both speed and , but it can apply to and a great many other aspects of your training as well. When applied to speed you might move at one speed (say 75% of full Read More …