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 Soto Chudan Uke in some circumstances, 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 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 …