Category: Styles

Needle to the Sea Bottom

Needle to the Sea Bottom

June 19, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

    The Hidden Meaning The move in Tai Chi Chuan with the fingers sinking downward, has long been an enigma for many Tai Chi Practitioners. Conventional self protection ideas popularized have been to use this action as a throw, or joint locking method. this is great as a beginner level understanding and practice method […]

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Ferguson vs Gaethje

Ferguson vs Gaethje

June 12, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

    Where’s the KO? This question was posed by one subscriber onYouTube: Greg’s Best Best This question relates to Kyusho in general. In the recent UFC fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, it looked like Justin nailed Tony a few times with punches to the head and neck that were in the right […]

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3 Palms of Saifa

3 Palms of Saifa

June 5, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

    Literal vs. Conceptual When studying Kyusho you can derive both literal and conceptual bunkai from any action in any style. In the literal version you would use the exacting action and or posture. One example would be the three Palm and Backfists of Saifa (translated as “smash and tear”) pictured to the right […]

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Kata Rokkishu

Kata Rokkishu

May 22, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

      The 6 Ji Hands of Gokenki 六つの風手 (六気手) Rokkishu translates into 6 hands (as seen in the ancient Bubishi as the 6 Ji Hands) and originated in Chinese Martial Arts.  It is widely thought to be the precursor of the Goju Ryu form called “Tensho”.  (Image:  Gokenki performing at left, Kenwa Mabuni […]

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Juji-Uke

Juji-Uke

May 8, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

    4 Directional Blood Chokes The hand posture pictured is a common action in most Karate Styles. It appears in many an advanced Kata with a few variations depending on the style. The hands are placed in an X shape and holds many possibilities. But many are also too complex for actual combative use, […]

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Taikyoku Hand Pattern

Taikyoku Hand Pattern

May 1, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

    Kyusho Applications Taikyoku has a predominant hand action sequence, which seems simplistic, but is almost profound in it’s depth of possibility. Let’s start by looking at the benefits to the practitioner in their Mind, Body and Spirit as the pattern exercises the body, yet also accomplishes many stimulus to the Brain and Central […]

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Kyusho Hangetsu

Kyusho Hangetsu

April 3, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

  Tegumi & Tuite A new film with bonus seminar film included Hangetsu (半月 Japanese translation “Half Moon”) is an advanced level kata practiced in Shotokan karate. It originated from the Naha-te school. The first part is executed slowly with strong breathing, stressing the development of the hara, or energy field. This sequence shares a […]

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Gangaku

Gangaku

March 27, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

    Empi Applications This question came in from YouTube: Ahsan Reza:  Sensei, please explain gankaku Evan Pantazi: That could take a life time… maybe one move from it… which one? Ahsan Reza: @Evan Pantazi thanks for your kind reply. Movement 24-25 empi uke   So as we can see the extended hand does not […]

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Facial Nerve Root

Facial Nerve Root

March 13, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

    The Ramifications Many people in Kyusho (especially the beginners), believe that Kyusho or “Pressure Points” rely on pain compliance. But this is not the real use case, nor the way to employ Kyusho. Many also call this target TW-17, but again they are mistaken as you cannot use the facial nerve root as […]

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Rokkishu Kyusho Knockout Bunkais

Rokkishu Kyusho Knockout Bunkais

March 6, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

    Six Hands of Shaolin For the full 3 hour film – Click Here – Free for Platinum Subscribers Rokkishu translates into “6 hands” (seen in the ancient Bubishi as the 6 Ji Hands or 6 Wind Hands of Shaolin), originated in Chinese Martial Arts. It is widely thought to be the precursor of […]

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