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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.

July

Level 1

  • “Ko-yoku” Earth grounded hand-edge inside hook punch, knock-back strike

    Principle: Structure can overcome power. Use bone alignment – not joint and muscle tension

    1. Defense Against Off-The-Shoulder Punch by An-shu Stephen K. Hayes

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

    1. Backward Roll by James Kentoshi Norris

  • “Ryo-te Gake” Escape from 2-hand throat choke “Pull apart, go up the center!”

    Principle: Vectoring – glancing blows from angle position – redirects straight forward power

    1. Two-Hand Choke Defense by An-shu Stephen K. Hayes

  • 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

  • “Water” outward rolling defensive strike to incoming punch

    Principle: Move inside to match his centerline to dissipate his power

    1. Water Strategic Cross-Punch Defense by An-shu Stephen K. Hayes

  • “Water” punch-deflecting defense on ground –shadowboxing and with partner

    Principle: Move inside to match his centerline to dissipate his power

    1. Grounded Punch Barrage Details by Shane Raitoshi Stevens

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

    1. Backward Roll by James Kentoshi Norris

  • Defense against headlock attack wrestling you alongside aggressor’s body

    Principle: Move your center of gravity towards his to negate his power over you

    1. How to Escape Sideways Headlock by Shane Raitoshi Stevens

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

    1. Sideways Roll by James Kentoshi Norris

Level 3

  • Wind evasive strike defense inside heavy hook punch

    1. Wind Inside a Cross by An-shu Rumiko Hayes

  • Reach under elbow and flatten arm for rear shoulder lock (mu-so dori)

    1. Mu-so Dori Kata by An-shu Stephen K. Hayes

  • Elbow-lock defense against downward-swing club attack (oni kudaki)

    1. Oni-Kudaki Dori Kata by An-shu Stephen K. Hayes