Kihon Fukazatsu

Kihon Fukazatsu

Complexes

Fukazatsu is a word that means complex. Complexes are patterns, always done with a partner, that are extremely flexible and adaptable. They do not stem from a specific kata, but rather combine many concepts into realistic practice. There are a handful of complexes that I teach in my classes. These have been learned from various instructors and others have been created (mostly on the spot) to illustrate a point. This particular complex is called Basic Complex (Kihon Fukazatsu). It consists of only a few moves, but is a fundamental part of the circular fighting style I teach.

Instructions

I have attached a short clip (click the image above) above of me and a new student doing the complex at progressively faster speeds. It was his first time doing the complex and second time doing Karate (He does Wing Chun and a little Tae Kwon Do), but it is a solid example of the complex. Below is the instructions on how to perform the complex.

  • Both partners start in a natural stance with the left foot forward.
  • Partner 1: Middle punch with the right hand
  • Partner 2: Push block with the left hand. Circular guiding block with the right hand. Circular low punch with the left hand. Backfist with the right hand.
  • Partner 1: Block with the left hand. Middle punch with the right hand.
  • Partner 2: Hook block with the left hand.
  • Partner 1: Middle punch with the left hand.
  • Partner2: Push block with the left hand. Circular guiding block with the right hand. Circular low punch with the left hand. Backfist with the right hand.
  • Partner 1: Step forward with right foot and punch with the right hand.
  • Partner 2: Step back with the left foot into horse stance. Arm block with the right hand.
  • Partner 1: Step forward with the left foot and punch low with the left hand.
  • Partner 2: Step back with the right foot and block low with the right hand. Reverse Punch.
  • (Optional): Partner 2 punches with the right hand and the roles reverse.

Note on Technique

As you get faster and faster you will notice the moves become less organized. This is natural and to be expected. Rarely in a real fight does everything work out like a movie. Ensure your moves are effective, they will look better with practice.

As you become more comfortable with the techniques, you can begin using open hand blocks to increase your speed. This can lead to injured fingers, so progress slowly.

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Theodore Kruczek is the founder and head writer of the Okinawan Karate-do Institute. He is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Shorin-ryu with more than 14 years of experience. This site was created as his way of both teaching his own Karate and learning about others.

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