Joint Distress

We have previously discussed how bones in a joint might be damaged by forcefully pressing a joint into . But other methods for causing joint distress can actually be much more effective for controlling and manipulating someone. These are commonly called joint locks, but they are really control or injury inflicting methodologies. Let’s look at Read More …

Nunchaku Uke and Atemi

Nunchaku Uke There are only a few effective blocks that can be performed with the weapon. The weapon is normally considered to be an offensive, not defensive weapon. Nonetheless, there are some blocks with which you will want to become familiar. Perhaps the most obvious block is to hold one stick in each hand using Read More …

Otoko No Atemi Waza

refers to male percussive striking techniques. A male percussive strike typically involves the following elements: Significant rotation or movement of the body to develop momentum for a strike Whole body involvement such that the arms, legs, and torso are all involved in the strike delivery process Contact using a hard surface area of your body 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 …

Yellow Belt Closed Hand Strikes

The closed hand can be used to strike in many different ways. Nearly any portion of a tightly closed hand can be employed as a striking surface. The surface used will depend upon many factors including your intent, your position relative to an opponent, how your opponent is structured or aligned, and your intended target Read More …

Kihonteki Kata

Students who are studying to achieve the Yellow Belt ranking must learn and become proficient at performing two Tensoku Ryu . These Kata (forms) are designed to reinforce knowledge of fundamental blocking and striking methods but also provide training on some stance work, guard positioning, , and angles. These two Kata were created by Richard Read More …

Kihonteki Nidan Kata

is intended to provide a mechanism for the practice and perfection of various . This is sometimes referred to as the Striking Set, but the Kihonteki Nidan name is preferred. Strikes within the Kata should be practiced in each of the following three different ways: Each strike should be delivered very slowly and deliberately with Read More …

Juking

Non-Contact Juking Sadly, juking has little to do with the juke box pictured above. The word “Juke” (an English or Creole, not Japanese term) refers to performing some form of false or temporary movement that places your opponent out of position.  The term is used in football to indicate a movement that causes an opponent to 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 …