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About sifukyle

I am a 4th Degree black belt in multiple styles of martial arts. These include: Chuan Fa/Kenpo, Jun Bao Wushu Kung Fu, Kuoshu San Shou, and Shotokan. I am a previously owned a martial arts school in the Bentonville/Bella Vista area. My primary goal is to teach self defense and martial arts to all of those who are willing to learn.

Step by Step Shotokan Form reference complete!

We have been working hard on the website here at Arkansas Wushu, and are happy to announce that we are now a step closer to completing our online Shotokan manual! Each form has been broken down into step by step movements for quick reference.

The most important part of grading for a belt in Shotokan Karate, is to know and be able to perform the forms. In the beginning ranks, there are the Heian Katas. These Katas may also be known in The Pinan Katas or the I Katas. All of them have two Kiya spots throughout the form.

After the 5 Heian Forms, there is Tekki Shodan, Bassa Dai, Enpi, and Kanku Dai. Tekki Shodan is part of a series of forms that are performed almost entirely in Horse Stance, helping build a strong foundation. This form is aimed at helping someone fight with their back against a wall. The other 3 are advanced forms that are required curriculum to obtain a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.

The steps have been typed out but we are still trying to improve! We are slowly adding video links for each step to avoid any confusion about how each movement should be performed. This will make it easier to learn things that might get over looked, such as which direction you should spin.

We at Arkansas Wushu hope this helps you with your Martial Arts journey and makes it easier for to master your Shotokan forms!

Kung Fu vs Karate

I find that people often ask me, what is the difference in Karate and Kung Fu? Today, I would like to explain some of those differences.

Let’s start with Karate. Karate generally refers to a form of martial art that originated in Japan. There are several people who assume that Karate refers to one style of martial art. It would be more accurate to say that Karate refers to the striking techniques found in Japanese martial art. Judo would be the throwing arts and Jujitsu the ground work. The main styles of Karate taught by Arkansas Wushu are Shotokan Karate, and Kenpo Karate. You may hear someone who has practices Karate called a Karateka

Wushu, refers to the martial arts that have originated from China. There are many styles of Wushu, though most people in America refer to this as Kung Fu. Kung Fu is not actually specific to martial arts, but translates to mean a skill that has been acquired through years of practice. Today, Wushu generally refers to the styles Chan Quan, Nan Quan, and Shaolin. Jeet Kune Do and Wing Chun were also made into very famous styles thanks to the help of Bruce Lee.

Kung Fu and Karate often have similar techniques and may even teach the same basic movements. Techniques like the Back Fist and The Front Snap Kick are almost Universal to most Martial Arts throughout the world. Though the movements may be similar, they are often combined or used in different ways. To prove a point lets use forms to compare the styles.

A Karate form is called a Kata, and it almost always begins with a bow. In contrast, a Kung Fu form is called a Taolu. Rather than bowing, Chinese forms tend to begin with a greeting known as a Salutation. These can very from a simple gesture to an almost dance like introduction. Sometimes self defense techniques are incorporated into the salutation itself.

After the introduction, there is always a particular stance every movement is performed in. The stances for Kung Fu can be found in Karate as well. In performance, Karate tends to use somewhat higher stances. This makes it easier to transition from one movement to another but does not have a very appealing look. Kung Fu often tends to use deeper stances both for flare, and to help build flexibility and leg muscle. You will see many more flashy techniques such as spin kicks and performing the splitz in Modern Kung Fu forms than you will in your traditional Karate, however that is not always as practical.

Outside of the stances, you have the actual movements. This is where things get very confusing. There are soft style and hard style techniques in both of these martial arts. Karate usually teaches hard style techniques in the beginning, meaning almost all closed fist techniques. The soft techniques are incorporated in the advanced ranks. Kung fu does the opposite, teaching soft skills first like parrying a punch rather than trying to stop it with your fist. As Kung Fu advances, it adds in more hard style techniques. There are many styles of martial arts within both of these general styles however, meaning there are many exceptions to the rule.

Self of the Defense: Striking Asp C

There is one more variation to the series of striking asp attacks. This time, the attacker has not quite gotten a hold of you yet. This attack takes place as the attacker is reaching for you.

Before your opponent can get a hold of you, step in with your foot. At the same time, use your left hand to parry their right arm outward, creating an opening in the center. As all this is happening, you should also be performing a ridge hand strike to the groin area with your right hand.

 

Go ahead and grab their wrist with your left hand to help hold them in place, You will then want to shuffle in and perform an elbow strike underneath the chin.

 

 

You will then want to turn your body away from the opponent as you drop your hammer fist down, at this point you should be facing away from them.

 

At this point, open the hand and bring the heel of the right foot up. This should crush the groin between your palm and the heel of the foot. This completes the technique Striking Asp C.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks self defense technique!

Self Defense Technique of the week: Striking Asp B

Last week we covered “Striking Asp A”. This week, we will cover another variation of that technique. There is no difference in the attack. Your opponent is still grabbing you and pulling you towards them in this scenario.

As before you will still trap the opponents and wrist and let them pull you towards them. The harder they pull, the better it is for you as this will put more force into your strike. At the same time, you want to perform a middle knuckle punch to their solar plexus. Keeping this middle knuckle out a little bit will help you concentrate the force into a small area, hopefully knocking the wind out of your attacker on impact.

 

You hand comes back to your ear just like in “Striking Asp A”, however this time your hand will remain a fist.  With the bottom of your fist, also known as a “hammer fist”, you want to strike your opponents jaw. I recommend hitting right at the hinge of the jaw for maximum damage, with enough force there is a chance of breaking the jaw at that point. Make sure to follow all the way through with your strike as it will help set up your next attack.

Once the hand is across your opponents jaw and you have reached the point that your hand is now in front of your left shoulder, open your hand and get ready to perform a knife hand strike. This strike will go straight to the esophagus.

This is where the technique ends. If everything was done correctly, your opponent should no longer be able to fight. I hope you enjoyed this weeks self defense technique. Thank you for reading!

 

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Self defense of the week: Striking Asp A

This week I will be covering a self defense technique referred to as “Striking Asp A”. Striking Asp A is a defense off of a grab from the front where the attacker is pulling you towards them.

 

 

The first thing you will want to do is bring your left hand over both of their hands and trap the wrist while they are pulling you in. At the same time, you will step in with the right foot and apply a ridge hand strike to the groin region with your right hand.

 

 

Immediately after the ridge hand, you will want to pull your right hand back towards your ear. You will then make a motion similar to a inward block with the hand open and the palm facing the sky, resulting in a chop to the carotid artery. If done properly this should leave your opponent unconscious.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this weeks self defense!

 

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Self Defense of the Week: Sumo

The next technique I would like to go over is called Sumo. Sumo is a technique off of a grab from the front where you are arms are completely free.

 

To start this technique, you will want to make an X block and strike the throat of your opponent. This should loosen their grip a little bit, and buy you a second of time if done correctly.

 

Next you will want to bring the elbows in tightly and drop them down between your opponents arms. Spread your arms outward and then upward and that should clear your opponents arms from your body.

 

You will then immediately put your right hand on top your left, keeping both hands open. With the tips of the fingers from both hands, strike hard into the center of the throat. This should back the opponent up just enough for you to get your next attack off.

 

Next you will want to step in with your right foot and drive your elbow upward under the attacker’s chin. If you can, try to trap his arm with your left hand at the same time, this will give you more control and options if needed.

 

Next you will want to pivot your hips away from your opponent and drop a hammer first to the groin. Open the hand above that area and bring your foot up backwards, smashing the groin area between your open palm and your foot.

 

At this point if everything is done correctly, your opponent should be damaged enough for you to get away. If you feel confident you may go ahead and apply a submission.

Thank you for reading!

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Self defense of the Week: Kimono Grab

 

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Today we are going to be discussing a technique called Kimono Grab. Kimono grab is an effective self defense technique against a push from the front while your attacker is grasping onto your clothing.

The technique can work very well as long as you know how to use it properly. Let’s look at some common mistakes, minor adjustments, and various applications.

Common Mistakes

One of the most common mistakes is not stepping into a proper stance. When your stance is to narrow it is easy to get knocked off balance. Making your stance wider can keep your attacker from pushing you over.  If your stance is to deep, you will have trouble moving quickly when needed.

For this technique, you will want to step backwards into a bow stance with the left foot back and the right leg forward. At the same time you will want to trap the hands.

Failing to trap the hands is one of the second most common mistakes. Many people simply want to rest their hand on their opponents and fail to grab the wrist. You will want to use your left hand to reach all the way over both of your opponents hands and grasp onto his left wrist. This will give you control over the opponents weaker limb in preparation to break or dislocate the arm at the elbow joint.

If the arm does not break, the most likely mistake being made in this instance is failing to straighten the opponents arm. If you have trapped the arm and stepped back into the stance correctly, your opponents arm should be almost completely straight. This way when you strike up on it with your forearm it breaks easily. If the attackers arms are bent, the strike will not break the arms.

Minor adjustments

There are a few tips that can help make this technique even more effective. One of those would be to lower your center of gravity. Since a push usually comes fairly straight on, lowering your stance can change the angle redirecting the force.

You may also choose to grab the thumb instead of the wrist. This will make it easier to turn the arm if you need too plus adding small joint manipulation will increase your control of the opponent.

After the break, you do a circling inward block to knock the arms off of you. That is followed by a knife hand strike to the throat, and a kick to the groin area. These last two strikes can be adjusted a lot to fit your need. The knife hand can easily become an eye strike and the kick can be replaced by any low kick.

The following video shows about how the technique should look.

Various Applications

Although the technique is meant to be off of a specific attack, there are multiple situations where the technique can be used.  The attack is meant to be off a two handed attack from the front with no adjustments necessary.

If the attacker decided to use only one hand then you may need to adjust a little bit.  If they grab with the right hand you may want to use a different technique, however a grab with the left hand will barely change anything with the exception of maybe the kick at the end.

While it is not ideal, this technique can also be used against someone charging at you with their head down. The trap simply becomes a choke instead. The circling strike can easily be used as a forearm strike to the artery located on the side of the neck. You may also opt to change the knife hand strike into an eye strike pulling the head back in order to land a more effective kick.

Self Defense of the week!

I decided to start a self defense of the week series. There are many great self defense techniques out there, and equally as many terrible ones.

Over the years I have had many self defense techniques presented to me with the question “Would this actually work?” The answer is almost always, maybe depending on the situation. As a result I decided it would be a good idea to do a full review of many of the techniques taught within the systems I have learned.

No self defense technique is ever full proof. Things can change depending on your surroundings, size differences, athletic ability, and just plain luck. My personal definition of a good self defense technique is one that does not need much change to apply to a variety of situations. The more you have to change the technique to fit the situation, the weaker it is as it simply will not work in multiple instances.

This upcoming series will pick a technique and explain how it is supposed to be applied, common mistakes, what could go wrong, and some simple modifications that can make the technique more effective.

Monday Morning Strength Training 12/17/2018

Today I decided to do combination sets in my workout. I was running a bit late this morning so it’s a great way to save time. You can combine workouts that use different muscle groups so that your rest time is spent working on something else. So do these workouts by doing two separate workouts before any rest.

Today’s workout:

Hammer Curls 10x

Oblique Twist 10x

Overhead Press 10x

Side Bends 10x

Lat Pulldowns 10x

Wood Chops 10x

Pull Ups 10x

Hanging leg raises 10x

Do 5 sets.

When I do these workouts, I like to start with light weight to warm up and add a little weight each set. On your last set, you should have enough weight you can not get a full 10 reps out. This way your making sure your muscles get a good overload to help stimulate growth.

Self Defense Class Announcement

For those of you that have been reading, you can see I have been trying to teach online for sometime. I am happy to announce that I will be teaching a self defense class at Harrison Fitness in Harrison, Arkansas. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with them and bring self defense classes to the area.

Classes will begin on April 1st. They will continue to be on Mondays at 5:30 and if things go well we will hopefully be adding Saturdays soon!