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brown belt combination 1

This is the first combination of five stepping combinations for 2nd Kyu.

A full understanding of Kime is needed when testing from 3rd Kyu brown belt to 2nd Kyu brown and white belt. Kime is not just muscle tension, you must release the tension in a fraction of a second at the completion of the techniques, or this combination will become very robotic.

Kizami zuki (lead arm punch), Oi zuki (stepping punch), Gyaku zuki (reverse punch)

1. Make distance on the first technique, drive off the back leg and make kizami zuki jodan.
2. Then step with the back leg oi zuki jodan
3. Finish with gyaku zuki chudan

Working on shomen and hanmi, hikite and the snap back of gyakuzuki.
Try and stay relaxed throughout the movement, with kime only for a split second at the end of each technique.

kizami zuki

For your exam, we would like to see 2 combinations lightly, forward and backward and 2 combinations fast, forward and backward

Kizami Zuki, Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki

brown belt combination 2

This is the second combination of five stepping combinations for 2nd Kyu. 

A full understanding of Kime is needed when testing from 3rd Kyu brown belt to 2nd Kyu brown and white belt. Kime is not just muscle tension, you must release the tension in a fraction of a second at the completion of the techniques, or this combination will become very robotic.

Mae geri (front kick), Oi zuki (stepping punch), Gyaku zuki (reverse punch)

1. Keep kamae as you kick mae geri, do not let the arms move.
2. Then step forward oi zuki jodan after the front kick
3. Finish with gyaku zuki chudan

Working on shomen and hanmi, hikite and the snap back of gyakuzuki.
Try and stay relaxed throughout the movement, with kime only for a split second at the end of each technique.

mae geri

For your exam, we would like to see 2 combinations lightly, forward and backward and 2 combinations fast, forward and backward

Mae Geri, Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki

 

brown belt combination 3

This is the third combination of five stepping combinations for 2nd Kyu. 

A full understanding of Kime is needed when testing from 3rd Kyu brown belt to 2nd Kyu brown and white belt. Kime is not just muscle tension, you must release the tension in a fraction of a second at the completion of the techniques, or this combination will become very robotic.

Yoko geri kekomi (side thrust kick), Uraken uchi (backfist strike), Gyaku zuki (reverse punch)

1. Keep kamae as you lift the kicking knee, then switch the arms at the same time you kick.
2. Drive off the supporting leg after the side thrust kick and execute uraken uchi.
3. Finish with gyaku zuki chudan.

Working on shomen and hanmi, hikite and the snap back of gyakuzuki.
Try and stay relaxed throughout the movement, with kime only for a split second at the end of each technique.

 

yoko geri kekomi

Yoko Geri Kekomi, Uraken Uchi, Gyaku Zuki Video

brown belt combination 4

This is the fourth combination of five stepping combinations for 2nd Kyu. 

A full understanding of Kime is needed when testing from 3rd Kyu brown belt to 2nd Kyu brown and white belt. Kime is not just muscle tension, you must release the tension in a fraction of a second at the completion of the techniques, or this combination will become very robotic.
The height of the kick is not important, we would rather see a strong low kick than a weak high kick.

Mawashi geri (round house kick), Uraken uchi (backfist strike), Gyaku zuki (reverse punch)

1. Keep kamae as you lift the kicking knee, then switch the arms at the same time you kick.
2. Drive off the supporting leg after the round house kick and execute uraken uchi.
3. Finish with gyaku zuki chudan.

Working on shomen and hanmi, hikite and the snap back of gyakuzuki.
Try and stay relaxed throughout the movement, with kime only for a split second at the end of each technique.

mawashi geri

Mawashi Geri, Uraken Uchi, Gyaku Zuki Video

brown belt combination 5

This is the fifth combination of five stepping combinations for 2nd Kyu. 

A full understanding of Kime is needed when testing from 3rd Kyu brown belt to 2nd Kyu brown and white belt. Kime is not just muscle tension, you must release the tension in a fraction of a second at the completion of the techniques, or this combination will become very robotic.

Ushiro geri (back kick), Uraken uchi (backfist strike), Gyaku zuki (reverse punch)

1. Try not to telegraph your technique at the start. Keep kamae as you lift the kicking knees foot behind the supporting legs knee, then switch the arms at the same time you spin and kick.
2. Drive off the supporting leg after the round house kick and execute uraken uchi.
3. Finish with gyaku zuki chudan.

Working on shomen and hanmi, hikite and the snap back of gyakuzuki.
Try and stay relaxed throughout the movement, with kime only for a split second at the end of each technique.

ushiro geri

Ushiro Geri, Uraken Uchi, Gyaku Zuki Video

brown belt kicking combination 1

This is our brown belt kicking combination 1, which involves executing three kicks moving forward. A really good kicking exercise for making distance and firing fast continuous kicks.

Try and flow through the kicking combination, height is not important, we would much rather see strong low kicks groin height and below, than high weak kicks.

Mae geri (front kick), Yoko Geri Kekomi (side thrust kick), Mawashi Geri (round kick)

1. Try not to telegraph your technique at the start. Kick front kick (mae geri) with the right leg .
2. Step and kick Side thrust kick (yoko geri kekomi), with the left leg.
3. Step  and kick round house kick (mawashi geri) with the right leg and step forward.

Drive of the supporting leg when stepping forward, after each kick.

kamae

For your exam, we would like to see 2 combinations lightly both sides and 2 combinations fast on both sides

Mae Geri, Yoko Geri, Mawashi Geri Video

brown belt kicking combination 2

This is our brown belt kicking combination 2, which involves executing four kicks on the spot. A really good kicking exercise for developing a strong supporting leg. 

Try and flow through the kicking combination, height is not important, we would much rather see strong low kicks groin height and below, than high weak kicks.

Mae geri (front kick), Yoko Geri Kekomi (side thrust kick), Mawashi Geri (round kick)
Starting from a left side fighting stance Kamae and kicking with the right leg.

1. Front kick (mae geri).
2. Side thrust kick (yoko geri kekomi).
3. Back kick (ushiro geri)
4. Round house kick (mawashi geri) with the right leg, then step back with the right leg into a left fighting stance Kamae..

Drive off the supporting leg on each kick.

kamae

For your exam, we would like to see 2 combinations lightly both sides and 2 combinations fast on both sides

Mae Geri, Yoko Geri, Ushiro Geri, Mawashi Geri Video

jiyu ippon kumite

This training uses a lot of tai sabaki (body evasion).

When first practiced, the attacks in jiyu ippon kumite are pre arranged, later developing into any attack sparring.

The most common form of Shotokan jiyu ippon kumite is long range, with attacks, oizuki jodan, oizuki chudan, mae geri, yoko geri kekomi, mawashi geri and ushiro geri. Some shotokan groups add other attacks, such as gyaku zuki and kizami zuki.

Jiyu ippon kumite can also be practiced at medium or close range, moving or stationary and with or without hikite on the attacks and counters.

For the first time, moving and feigning can be used while attacking and defending.

The defense and counter is usually free, but many shotokan karate dojo have pre arranged block and counter sequences, which include a large selection of blocks, counters and tai sabaki ( body movement).

The ‘ikken hissatsu’ (to kill or finish with one blow) is still the attitude to have when attacking and defending. Make sure your counters are devastating, or rather, don’t be content with a counter to someone’s shoulder. Once you have delivered your counter strike, imagine what the effect would have been like, if the counter strike had connected fully.

With kihon ippon kumite, the distance between attacker and defender is set, but with ju ippon kumite (if you practice ju ippon moving), the distance between attacker and defender is continually changing. Because of this, timing is imperative, both on attack and defense.

The time between the attackers attack and defenders counter should be small, the same time, or even before the attack completes.

jiyu ippon kumite

Jiyu Ippon Kumite

bassai dai

Bassai Dai translates as “To storm a fortress” and is practiced in many styles of karate. There are many variations of the original Passai, which was the original name for Bassai.

It is believed that there were two versions of Passai practiced on Okinawa.

Karate master Sokon Matsumrua (pictured), brought one Passai kata to Okinawa, from China and the other was taught to Okan Oyadomari on Okinawa, by a Chinese martial artist, who resided there.

The one we are referring to here, is the shotokan Bassai Dai, which many believe came from the Okan Oyadomari lineage.

In many shotokan karate dojo, Bassai dai is the first intermediate brown belt kata that a new brown belt karateka practices. Many shotokan karateka use Bassai dai to test for all their brown belt examinations and indeed, the coveted black belt test.

The first move in the kata, epitomizes the whole kata. A very strong move, driving forward off the left leg, with a knee attack and strike.

This karate kata also has some fast double block combinations. After the first move, there is a pause, then a 180 degree turn, with a double uchi uke. First block is with the lead left arm, so the body ends up in the hanmi (side on) position, the second block is a right uchi uke, finishing in the shomen (square) position.

Bassai dai is great for practicing fast turns and changes in direction. One combination in particular, greatly improves the dynamic hip rotation.

1.From the left tate shuto shizentai (left edge of the hand in natural stance), punch chokuzuki followed by a right arm uchi uke. Keep the body and hips sill and square, as you bend the right punching arm in preparation for the uchi uke.

2. You should be standing in natural stance with the right arm bent across the chest. Now, as you block, pivot strongly, 90 degrees to the left, into a very small front stance. To do this fast, the hips must be rotated strongly, this is a great exercise for working on dynamic hip rotation.

There are also some unusual karate moves in this kata. Yamazuki (U punch), the three consecutive low punches in kibadachi, the two sweeping blocks in a long front stance after the yamazuki. The slow grab and fumikomi (stamping kick), and the slow pull up, with both hands cupped, then rolling into two fists above the head.

Sokon Matsumrua

Bassai Dai Video

online karate examination

Congratulations on getting to the 2nd Kyu examination.  Be sure and practice the lessons within the brown belt course thoroughly.

The basic fundamentals within karate are very important and getting them right now will definitely pay off in the long run. Karateka who neglect the basics, crumble when they come to the more advanced karate.

Examination Requirements

Combination 1
Kizami Zuki, Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki

2 combinations slowly forward, then turn and 2 combinations moving back, then repeat fast.

Combination 2
Mae Geri, Oi Zuki, Gyaku Zuki
2 combinations slowly forward, then turn and 2 combinations moving back, then repeat fast.

Combination 3
Yoko Geri Kekomi, Uraken Uchi, Gyaku Zuki
2 combinations slowly forward, then turn and 2 combinations moving back, then repeat fast.

Combination 4
Mawashi Geri, Uraken Uchi, Gyaku Zuki
2 combinations slowly forward, then turn and 2 combinations moving back, then repeat fast.

Combination 5
Ushiro Geri, Uraken Uchi, Gyaku Zuki
2 combinations slowly forward, then turn and 2 combinations moving back, then repeat fast.

Combination 6
Mae Geri, Yoko Geri Kekomi, Mawashi Geri Stepping Forward
2 sets on each side slowly, then 2 sets on each side fast.

Combination 7
Mae Geri, Yoko Geri Kekomi, Ushiro Geri, Mawashi Geri On The Spot
2 sets on each side slowly, then 2 sets on each side fast.

for Jiyu ippon kumite, we would like to see the defenses to the below attacks, 1 x slow and 1 x fast of each attack (eg 1 slow jodan oi zuki block, counter reverse punch and then fast. This only needs to be done on the left side)

1 x Oi zuki (stepping punch) Jodan (upper level(head))
1 x Oi zuki (stepping punch) Chdan (middle level(body))
1 x Mae Geri (front kick)
1 x Yoko Geri Kekomi (side thrust kick)
1 x Mawashi Geri (round house kick)
1 x Ushiro Geri (back kick)

Kata
Bassai Dai (1st brown belt kata)
1 x slow 1 x fast

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Good Luck

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bassai dai

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