Green Belt Sparring Strategies and Tricks

In this article we will cover some common strategies, tricks, and maneuvers you might employ while sparring. By adopting a large number of such skills you will quickly become a more versatile sparring participant. Below are some skills you might wish to develop. You may also find it beneficial to review the sparring skills and Read More …

Training

We will discuss ways in which you might enhance your training in this section. As you will discover, your skills and knowledge will grow substantially as you observe, consider, and experience new ideas, patterns of movements, and skills. Watch, listen, experiment and learn through every possible venue. Tournaments Martial arts tournaments are a fantastic way Read More …

Full Contact Sparring Matches

This article provides an overview of the management of a Tensoku Ryu full contact 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 Read More …

Things to Avoid When Sparring

In Tensoku Ryu we teach that self-preservation is paramount. Self-defense and offensive actions are secondary. A similar model is useful when you are sparring. If you are not protecting yourself adequately or avoiding actions that place you at increased risk then you will likely not fare well. Presented below are a number of things you Read More …

Sparring Strategies

Sparring strategies is another topic that lends itself to a full book discussion, but we will cover a few basic strategies you might initially employ to get you started. Learn from your opponents by adopting some of their winning strategies and by finding ways to exploit their inherent weaknesses. Each paragraph below explores a unique Read More …

Sparring Skills

It takes some significant time to amass enough skills to be good at sparring. Mastery of fundamental punching and striking skills, stepping patterns, stance transitions, angles, and guard positioning are essential, but they are not sufficient. It takes three essential things initially to become good at sparring. The first is working with someone who is 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 …

Fundamental Kicking Skills

Within Tensoku Ryu we recognize that there are innumerable uses for kicks. One of the primary purposes is to deliver a punishing strike to an opponent. This is one of the more difficult methods of kick delivery and it is an area where we place great emphasis. We are quite demanding about kicking effectively and Read More …