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This Month

Here’s what the Hombu is teaching this month.

It’s important to remember that the lessons linked to below are only a starting point, and that there is so much more great learning content to explore from all of our instructors.

June and December

Level 1

  • “Yubi-kudaki” Rear collar grab “Pivot, peer, pull-away, pound away”

    Principle: 3 steps – Recognize-and-respond immediately, break through the “freeze”, win fight tactically

    1. Rear Collar Grab Defense by An-shu Stephen K. Hayes

  • “Ho-soku” Forward facing single lapel grab defense “Knee, neck, knock-away!”

    Principle: “He who moves first lands first” – take the initiative when there is no escape

    1. Mirror Side Arm Grab Defense by An-shu Stephen K. Hayes

  • “Backward Boulder Roller” Backward rocking or rolling escape on ground

    1. Backward Roll by James Kentoshi Norris

  • Sideways rolling escape (soku-ho kai-ten ukemi)

    1. Sideways Roll by James Kentoshi Norris

  • “Forward Boulder Roller” Forward shoulder roll-over escape on ground

    1. Forward Roll by James Kentoshi Norris

Level 2

  • Defense from the ground against kneeling attacker

    Principle: Use the weight of gravity instead of muscle power to generate strength

    1. Concept Review by James Kentoshi Norris
    2. Drills by James Kentoshi Norris

  • Osoto-Gake

    Principle: Move forward with acceleration when pulled

    1. Osoto-Gake Review by An-shu Stephen K. Hayes
    2. Essential Training by Mark Sentoshi Russo
    3. Footwork by Mark Sentoshi Russo

  • “Fire” interception of 2-handed lapel grab

    1. The Kata by Mark Sentoshi Russo
    2. Drills by Mark Sentoshi Russo
    3. Advanced Concepts by Mark Sentoshi Russo

Level 3

  • Kick avoidance, counter kick, palm-down hand edge to neck

    1. Kata Review by Dennis Fuutoshi Mahoney

  • Defense against waist-tackle grab; knee head, second knee, arm lever

    1. Kata Review by Dennis Fuutoshi Mahoney

  • “Police come-along” wrist fold from cross-grab

    1. Kata Review by Dennis Fuutoshi Mahoney