Common Levels

In martial arts, it is customary to define a strike, block, or kick as targeting a specific general area of the body. At times these references may include a particular body part, for example might indicate a roundhouse kick to the head. At other times these motions might simply target a more general area of Read More …

Yellow Belt Outside Blocks

The following blocks generally begin with the blocking hand located near your and then move toward the outside of your as the block progresses. These are often fast blocks, but in some cases, they will feel less powerful than other blocks you might employ. Remember that a block need not be powerful, it must simply Read More …

Yellow Belt Inside Blocks

These are blocks that generally travel from the outside edge of your toward your on an inward trajectory. This is often referred to as a or outside-initiated movement. So, the Chudan Uke described below could also accurately be described (and often is by other martial arts systems) as Chudan Soto Uke in some circumstances, for Read More …

Yellow Belt Open Hand Strikes

In this post, we will discuss the open hand strikes that students working toward achieving the Yellow Belt ranking must learn. There are quite a few of these strikes, but most are fairly simple to appreciate and perform. Shuto Uchi A Shuto is (at least at this point in your training) what most people would 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 …

Yellow Belt Atemi

Atemi represents the hand strikes that you must know to advance to the Yellow Belt ranking. In general, Atemi should be delivered quickly and with a very rapid return to a guard position (unless noted otherwise). Additionally, strikes should be delivered using the concept of . When applied to strikes (and kicks) this concept provides that 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 …

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 …

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 kicks per category in the requirements for achieving the rank of Yellow Belt (). These kicks are not taught in the order presented here but are rather established as requirements Read More …