Needle to the Sea Bottom

Needle to the Sea Bottom

    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...
Ferguson vs Gaethje

Ferguson vs Gaethje

    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...
3 Palms of Saifa

3 Palms of Saifa

    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...
Kata Rokkishu

Kata Rokkishu

      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"....
Juji-Uke

Juji-Uke

    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...
Taikyoku Hand Pattern

Taikyoku Hand Pattern

    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...
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