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...

Kyusho Hangetsu

  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,...
Gangaku

Gangaku

    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...
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