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 Rear Shoulder Grab Releases

When someone grabs you by the shoulders from behind you will need to react quickly. How you react depends, at least to some degree, on whether they are simply grabbing, grabbing and pushing, grabbing and pulling, or grabbing and then changing their grip (for example, proceeding from a rear grab to a choke hold. It 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 Renraku Atemi No Waza

The hand strikes in this belt almost always involve multiple strikes used in combination (). These strikes may be delivered by a single arm, or more commonly by both arms either concurrently or in rapid succession. Some strikes are delivered at a single level, while other strikes are focused at more than one level (, 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 …

Orange Belt Renraku Uke No Waza

“” means combination, so all of the blocks in the curriculum refer to blocks done in combination. At this level in your training blocking combinations will usually involve two hands. Blocks may involve blocking with one hand and then blocking immediately with another ( Uke), or may involve both hands blocking simultaneously ( Uke). In Read More …