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.
May and November
Level 1 – Earth
Tai-hodoki Front waist-grasp “cowboy tackle”
Principle: Exploit the “gift to you” of his momentum to move him into unbalance
- Aggressor crouches and charges in to tackle you around the waist
- Straighten your arms and flex your knees, jump back with his advance – find and keep your stability!
- Hammer down on his back and head with descending elbow strikes, shouting the order, “Stop it!”
- Strike him in the face with knees and push him away
Te-hodoki 3 Cross-side grab defense (his right to your right)
Principle: Skillfully applied little bones overpower bigger bodies
- Recognize aggressor’s jerking right hand grab at your right wrist
- Flex your knees and shove down and pull up to free your trapped wrist or straighten his grabbing arm
- Hammer down on his forearm or hand to free your wrist, shouting the order, “Stop it!”
- Swing toe or shin kicks or heel stamps to leg or torso
- Attach your arm to your ribs and pull away with defense-ready posture – “Back off!” – Eyes on attacker!
Level 2 – Fire
“Fire” slip & slap hit outside leading-hand
Principle: Vectoring – glancing blows from angle position – redirects straight forward power
- Advance into attacking fighting posture
- Slip outside attacker’s leading left hand jab with right cross outside slap
- Hit and push through with left backhand strike to triceps as you move forward past his arm
- Jam his left arm in place and cross punch with rear right fist to triceps and right knee to hip or thigh.
Shi-ho keri 4-directional kicking; front, side, back, cross
Principle: Intercepting – hit his movements hard as they begin – more easily stops movement
Throw a succession of kicks at assailant targets positioned in front, sides, behind, and across.
Forward takedown – Ganseki-nage
Principle: Fall away with acceleration when pushed
- Assailant reaches or pushes straight toward your chest
- Deflect his left arm inward with a right push on the outside of his left forearm
- Continue your right hand over his left forearm and then up from beneath his left shoulder to lock him up
- Turn and face same direction as aggressor, tripping him with your right leg in front of his legs
- Twist and project forward to send him forward and down on his chest.
Level 3 – Wind
- Rock into evasive fighting posture, flexed knees and light on your feet (hira no kamae),
- Left smack and slip outside the attacker’s right punch and hit with right palm heel to chin
- Your right knee strikes his right knee to knock the attacker to the ground
- Pull back with right arm hook inside his right shoulder to pull him to the ground.
- Resume guarded evasive fighting posture in preparation to flee or continue to defend.
- Aggressor grabs you by the arms or sleeves of your jacket
- Pull your right side back, straightening his left arm and disrupting his balance
- When he pulls you back into position, if your hand is on the inside of his arm…
- Step forward with your right foot and press your right palm against the inside of his left elbow
- Push down, inward, and up to scoop his arm into a bent elbow lock
Outward swinging spinning backlist strike (or heel hook kick)
Front shoulder drops back and then flies forward with a spinning backhand strike.
OR… Rear foot shifts in back of front foot; front foot swings around and in with back of heel
Back-hooking strike or kick defense
- Attacker throws front kick or “heel hook” kick …or big back-swing hammer-fist strike
- Slip or drop inside the radius of his swing with elbow to chest or drop down to punch knee …
or try from hands and knees on ground against aggressor
DAN-SHI – “Blink-of-an-eye finger-snap” or “Bullet finger”
Defense against lapel grab and punch attack by going angularly off-line and capturing the adversary’s arm for a strike, kick, and wrist lock take-down. Surprise the aggressor by forcing him to reposition and create his weakness.
- Aggressor grabs your right lapel with his left hand and punches with his right.
- Cushion his left fist with your right palm and back up angularly into left ichimonji no kamae with a left strike inside his right arm.
- Drive a left boshiken thumb strike to his right upper ribs or shoulder.
- Kick down to his left knee or up to his left ribs with your right foot.
- Twist clockwise (right) with left omote-gyaku wrist lock, forcing him to his back.
- Finish with a left stamp kick to the ribs.
DAN-SHU – “Blink-of-an-eye hand move” or “Bullet Hand”
Defense against sleeve grab and punch attack by going angularly off-line and capturing the adversary’s arm for a strike, kick, and wrist-lock take-down. Surprise the aggressor by moving with him to make his positioning his weakness.
- The aggressor grabs your right sleeve cuff with his left hand.
Back up angularly into left ichimonji no kamae, locking your right hand over his left with a counterclockwise wrap
- He punches at your face with his right fist.
- Strike defensively with your left fist to the inside of his right arm.
- Immediately rock forward on your left knee with a left shuto strike to his left temple or neck. Make the defensive counter-strike and shuto one continuous flowing circle while locking his arm with your right hand.
- Maintain a wrist lock or arm bar on his left with your right, follow with a right heel stamp kick to his left knee, forcing him to his seat.
- Kick his left side with a right kick.