Grading Yellow Belt
Grading tests are a demonstration of a student’s level of proficiency they are not the sum total of what the student has learned to achieve the grade. Classes will include various applications of the techniques demonstrated and also alternative techniques which can be used for self defence and competitions.
Yellow Belt 8th KYU
From ready stance move into Horse riding stance.
First technique Straight Punch
1. Position your fist at the chest level. The shoulder must be relaxed, not tensed.
2. Your elbows should point straight back, not winging out to the side. It should be at a 45 degree angle to the shoulder.
3. Execute the move so that the fist and forearm travels in a straight line to the solar plexus. Lock your elbow down and keep your shoulders square; do not reach, there should be in a straight line from the fist to the shoulder. For grading exam, perform single punch then double punch with Kai on the second punch. Start with left hand for double punch then start with the right.
| Rising block of Seishin Freestyle
Age-uke (上げ受け:あげうけ?), which translates to “rising block”, or “upward block” is the Japanese term for a technique used in Seishin Freestyle karate.
The term age-uke is frequently used interchangeably with “jōdan-uke” (high-level block).
The block differs in Seishin Freestyle in that attention is brought to the mid way point where the elbow can also be used as a block against a punch to the face.
| Gedan Bari – Downward sweeping block. This block starts from the opposite shoulder and sweeps down to block a kick or a punch, you should make sure that you do not over reach when blocking. For yellow belt it is practiced in Kiba- Dachi, the shoulders should be square and relaxed. Note in Seishin freestyle this is also an advanced technique for striking the back of an opponent’s arm in certain instances while placing an arm lock.
|The following techniques are performed from fighting stance,hands up, elbows in, hips between your feet, knees slightly bent, and back heel lifted slightly. Front foot at slight angle generally pointing towards opponent, back foot about 45 degrees diagonal.
From the guard position, the rear hand is thrown from the chin, crossing the body and travelling towards the target in a straight line. The rear shoulder is thrust forward and finishes just touching the outside of the chin. At the same time, the lead hand is retracted and tucked against the face to protect the inside of the chin. For additional power, the torso and hips are rotated counterclockwise (for right-handers) as the cross is thrown. Weight is also transferred from the rear foot to the lead foot, resulting in the rear heel turning outwards as it acts as a fulcrum for the transfer of weight. Body rotation and the sudden weight transfer is what gives the cross its power
From fighting stance.
Lift the knee of your back leg up as high as you want to aim (for yellow Belt solar plexis). This is called a chamber.
Strike your target using the ball of your foot. The ball of your foot is located just underneath your big toe. Curl your toes back as you kick to ensure that you don’t accidentally hit with your toes. The kick is a forward, kick using the hips to thrust forward. Bring the kick back to knee (chamber) position, return the foot to the floor.