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BunkaiBasics

Bunkai Basics

Learning the Basics When we start training in traditional karate, we typically start learning kihon (basics). A stance, a punch, a kick, and a block to start things off are very common, and they are all practiced for hundreds of…
Oblique Kick

The Oblique Kick

Oblique Kick An effective, but relatively obscure technique of traditional Okinawan karate and Chinese martial arts, the oblique kick (also called the shovel kick) is slowly beginning to gain popularity. One would expect this popularity to be in the dojo,…
Simple Rotation Toss

Simple Rotation Toss

Fluid Movements Today’s technique is a simple rotation toss (there may be a better name out there for this) that can be used as a defense against a single leg takedown, double leg takedown, or a football style tackle. The…
HipToss

Hip Toss

Putting Your Opponent Down While fighting an opponent who is also standing up and throwing punches back can be a great way to relax, it is far from the ideal way to fight a serious attacker. If the attacker is…
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Different Types of Sparring – Part I

Traditional Types of Sparring For most of us who practice a traditional martial art, there are two main types of sparring. The first is type is prearranged sparring (Yakosoku Kumite), but I have heard it referred to as Gohan Kumite.…
Neck Wrench Takedown

Neck Wrench Takedown

Karate as a Combative Art As I have talked about in the past, I frequently train people here for their mandatory combatives classes. Few weeks ago a few of us went down and practiced a mix of striking techniques and…
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Using the Hips

Introduction to Koshi The word koshi is simply the Japanese word for the area from your navel to your hip sockets, but when discussing martial arts it specifically refers to how to generate power with your hips, and it is…
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…
Deep Stances

Deep Stances

You Don’t Do Deep Stances? Recently I got a lot of comments on my YouTube channel because I have higher stances than many karate schools. These were called “bad” and “incorrect”, so I would like to talk about it. I do…
Takedowns in Karate

Takedowns in Karate

Karate contains sweeps, throws and other types of takedown techniques within the movements of kata. Many of these are obvious to those who practice grappling arts, but some techniques are disguised within kata due to changes in how they have…
Blocking

Blocking

A look into the theory that, "There are no blocks in karate, only attacks." The attacks are divided into passive and active attacks. In both cases, the end goal is to strike the opponent and make them not want to…
Shuto-Uchi/Uke (Knife Hand)

Shuto-Uchi/Uke (Knife Hand)

Shuto (Sword Hand or Knife Hand) is a staple of karate technique and form.  This technique can be applied in a number of scenarios and in a number of ways–you will not see it often in sparring beyond its use…
Kuzushi

Kuzushi

Kuzushi The term “Kuzushi” tends to confuse a few students at our club. I hear a few people talk about how you have to “break your opponents kuzushi before you can complete the technique.”. Let’s get the definition of kuzushi…
Empty Hands - Part III

Empty Hands – Part III

Less Common Strikes While striking with fists and open hands is the most commonly seen aspect of empty handed striking it is also important to train the less commonly seen strikes with the arms.  The back of the wrist, the…
Empty Hands - Part II

Empty Hands – Part II

In my “Empty Hands – Part 1″ post we discussed striking methods using a closed fist.  In this post, however, I would like to discuss striking methods using an open hand.  There are a great many of these methods and…
Yoko Geri

Yoko Geri

Side Kick The Yoko Geri (Side Kick) is one of the strongest kicks in the karateka’s arsenal. Unlike the mae geri and the mawashi geri, the yoko geri (as taught here) is a thrusting kick that generates a great amount of power…
Empty Hands - Part I

Empty Hands – Part I

Karate is literally translated as “empty hand” (unless you go by the original wording which translates to “China hand”) and striking with the hands is a large part of it, but have you stopped to think about the diversity of…
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Mawashi Geri

Mawashi Geri (Roundhouse Kick) is one of the more common kicks used in all martial arts. It is similar to a volley kick in football (soccer) and can cause a significant amount of damage if done correctly. While in many…
Mae Geri

Mae Geri

The topic of how to do a good Mae Geri (front kick) came up in my class the other week, so I thought I would share my instruction with everyone on the topic. Every good front kick has four parts…
Tactical Fighting

Tactical Fighting

Martial artists often like to discuss (and sometimes argue) about whether it is more important to develop control or power.  This argument usually stems from discussing the merits of full-contact sparring versus point sparring, where people will usually claim that…
Yakusoku Kumite - Part III

Yakusoku Kumite – Part III

This article is the third in the series on Yakusoku Kumite (Prearranged Sparring). I will continue elaborating on my personal sets of Kihon Kumite Waza (Basic Fighting Techniques). I have talked about the first two sets, Kihon Kumite Waza Dai…
Yakusoku Kumite - Part II

Yakusoku Kumite – Part II

In my first article on Yakusoku Kumite (Prearranged Sparring), I talked about my personal set of Kihon Kumite Waza (Basic Fighting Techniques). I covered the first set, Kihon Kumite Waza Dai Ichi. In this article I will be covering the…
Yakusoku Kumite - Part I

Yakusoku Kumite – Part I

This post was done as a thank you to Noah Legel for being my first active reader and always offering commentary on my posts. If you would like to request a topic contact me. Tonight’s topic is on Yakusoku Kumite,…