Yellow Belt

The yellow belt curriculum includes:

1. Delayed Sword | 2. Alternating Maces | 3. Sword of Destruction | 4. Deflecting Hammer | 5. Captured Twigs | 6. Grasp of Death | 7. Checking the Storm | 8. Mace of Aggression | 9. Attacking Mace | 10. Sword and Hammer | Short Form #1 | Blocking Set


 

Techniques

1. Delayed Sword [Watch video]

(Front-right hand lapel grab)

1. Standing naturally, step back with your left foot toward 6:00 into a right neutral bow stance facing 12:00, while simultaneously executing a right inward block to the right inner wrist of your opponent. At the same time, position your left hand at solar plexus level as a precautionary check, against further action. (Your block should clear youropponent’s right arm, and expose the width of his body.)

2. Immediately slide your right foot back into a cat stance.

3. Without hesitation, deliver a right front snap ball kick to your opponent’s groin. (Your opponent’s reaction should cause him to bend forward at the waist.)

4. Plant your right foot forward into a right neutral bow (facing 12:00) to check your opponent’s right knee, as you deliver a right outward handsword strike to the right side of youropponent‘s neck. Remember to maintain the position of your left hand as a precautionary check. Immediately slide your right hand (after the strike), to the right wrist of your opponent as a precautionary check. (Your opponent’s response should cause him to fall to the ground.)
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2. Alternating Maces [Watch video]

(Front-two-hand push)

1. Standing naturally, and as your opponent attempts to push you. step back with your left foot toward 6:00 into a right neutral bow stance (facing 12:00). Simultaneously execute a right inward block to the outside of your opponent’s left arm, while your left hand checks at your solar plexus. (This action should turn the width of your opponent’s body and redirect his forward momentum off center.)

2. Immediately collapse your right arm across the top of both of your opponent’s arms (to act as a check), as you deliver a left vertical thrust punch (tracking over your right arm) to your opponent’s sternum or solar plexus. This is done while pivoting into a right forward bow stance. Remember both the stance change and punch must work in synchronization with each other in order to maximize the force of your left vertical thrust punch. ( your opponent’s reaction should cause his body to bend forward at the waist.)

3. Immediately convert your left punch into a check by having it shift, palm open and down, on the top of both of your opponent’s arms. Simultaneously have your right hand rapidly travel inside and over your left arm as you deliver a right outward back knuckle strike to your opponent’s right temple. This transition is done while pivoting back into a right neutral bow stance. (The torque stemming from your stance change helps to increase the whipping action of your right hand.) Properly executed, this should cause your opponent’s head to be driven up and back, with perhaps his arms flailing upward.

4. Immediately have your right hand snap back, as it then acts as a
positional check.

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3. Sword of Destruction [Watch video]

(Front-left hook punch)

1. Standing naturally, step back with your left foot toward 6:00 into a right neutral bow stance (facing 12:00) as you simultaneously execute a right extended outward block to the inner forearm of your opponent’s left punch. Your left hand should be in a positional check. covering your solar plexus.

2. Immediately slide your right foot back into a cat stance.

3. Without hesitation. deliver a right front snap ball kick to your opponent’s groin. (Your kick should cause your opponent to bend forward at the waist.)

4. Plant your right foot forward inside of your opponent’s left leg into a right neutral bow (facing 12:00) and while employing Marriage of Gravity. Execute a right inward handsword strike to the let side of your opponent’s neck. (This action should cause your opponent to fall to the ground.)

5. Immediately snap your right hand back to the left shoulder of your
opponent to act as a check.

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4. Deflecting Hammer [Watch video]

(Front-right front thrust kick)

1. Standing naturally, step back with your left foot toward 7:30 into a right neutral bow stance (to move out of your opponent’s Line of Attack), as you simultaneously execute a right downward diagonal block against the outside of your opponent’s right kicking leg. Be sure to have your left hand check at your solar plexus during your block. (Your opponent’s body should turn slightly to his left when your block is properly executed. Your block should additionally turn your opponent’s width and cause injury to his leg.)

2. Without hesitation and while still in your right neutral bow, shuffle forward as your left hand checks inward, toward and between your opponent’s right shoulder and biceps. Your right hand continues to circle and it will re-orbit into an inward elbow strike. (Make sure your left hand checks your opponent’s forward momentum as well as the width of his upper body.)

3. Just as you conclude your forward shuffle, execute a right inward horizontal elbow strike to your opponent’s face. This is done simultaneously “with’ a left sliding check down and onto your opponent’s right elbow. (Your action should cause your opponent’s head to snap back and cause your opponent to drop to the ground.)

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5. Captured Twigs [Watch video]

(Rear-bear hug with arms pinned)

1. Standing naturally with your opponent’s arms around your arms, step off and to your left toward 9 o’clock with your left foot into a horse stance (while looking over your right shoulder), as you simultaneously pin your opponent’s hands to your body with your left hand. Just as your weight settles into your horse stance, execute a right back hammerfist strike to your opponent’s groin. (This action should cause your opponent to bend forward at the waist and possibly release his grasp.)

2. Immediately slide your right foot into a right cat stance (turning 90 degrees while facing 3 o’clock) as your left hand releases the pin. clears your opponent’s right arm, and covers in front of your face as a positional check. Simultaneous with the action of your left arm, have your right hand cover your groin and proceed to clear your opponent’s left arm.

3. Execute a right heel stomp to your opponent’s left instep, causing your opponent to bend forward even further.

4. Slide your right foot back toward 3:00 into a horse stance.  Immediately have your right forearm CONTOUR up the middle of your opponent’s body as you execute a right vertical obscure elbow strike to the underside of your opponent’s chin. Have your right arm snap back after the strike and cover your groin. (Your opponent’s head should have been popped up and back and his body may also spiral away from you if done properly.)

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6. Grasp of Death [Watch video]

(Left flank-right arm headlock)

1. With your head forced to bend forward and your opponent to your left flank (applying a headlock with his right arm). initiate your action by tucking your chin to the left and against your chest, as you grab your opponent’s right wrist with your right hand. All of this is done as your right foot steps forward toward 12 o’clock into a right close kneel stance while simultaneously grabbing your opponent’s right inner thigh with your left hand and pinching the flesh of that leg with as much strength as possible. Your opponent will experience a horse-bite effect if it is done correctly. Be sure you continue checking the outside of your opponent’s right leg with your left knee. (Your opponent’s right knee may bend and double up or his leg may pop forward and up off the ground. ln addition, your efforts should cause your opponent to loosen his grip.)

2. As your opponent reacts to your pinch and partially or totally releases his grip, have your right hand bring his right arm overyour head and down to your chest, making sure that your right elbow is anchored to aid you in controlling your opponent’s height.

3. Immediately release the grip of your left hand and have your left foot step forward toward l0:30 into a left neutral bow stance as you simultaneously strike the back of your opponent’s right elbow with your left forearm while pulling in and toward you with your right hand.  This action should cause your opponent to step forward with his left foot prior to bending over at the waist.)

4. ROLL your left forearm on the back of your opponent’s right elbow until your left forearm is parallel to the ground. Now slide your left hand to your opponent’s right elbow. While controlling your opponent’s right elbow with your left hand, pivot into a left forward bow, facing 10:30. Immediately execute a right snapping vertical punch to the base of your opponent’s skull, behind his right mastoid bone. (This action should cause your opponent’s head to move away, and possibly be followed by his body falling to the ground.)

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7. Checking the Storm [Watch video]

(Front-right step through overhead club)

1. Standing naturally, as your opponent swings his club in an overhead fashion, quickly step off to your right with your right foot toward 3 o’clock. Simultaneously drag your left foot toward your right foot as your form a left 45 degree cat stance facing 10:30. Without a break in the flow of your action, execute a left upward block to the inner wrist of your opponent’s right arm. During the natural flow of your motion, have your right hand precede your left hand as a right parry (executed in the manner of a right inward block) that stops, hand open, to act as a check in front of your solar plexus.

2. Immediately execute a left front snap ball kick to your opponent’s groin. (This should cause your opponent to bend forward at the waist.)

3. Plant your left foot (toward 10:00). Be sure to properly gauge the distance between you and your opponent, as you deliver a right snapping knife-edge kick to the inside of your opponent’s right knee. (Your action should cause your opponent’s right knee to bend out and away from you, but cause his head to move closer to you.)

4. Plant your right foot toward 10:00 into a right neutral bow, and while employing MARRIAGE OF GRAVITY, execute a right outward back knuckle strike to your opponent’s left temple, as your left hand remains checking at your solar plexus. (This action should drive your opponent’s head away from you and possibly cause his body to drop to the ground.)

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8. Mace of Aggression [Watch video]

(Front-two hand lapel grab-pulling in)

1. Standing naturally with your opponent grabbing your lapel with both of his hands, while pulling you in and toward him, execute a right stomp on the arch of your opponent’s right foot. Simultaneously, strike diagonally through the bridge of your opponent’s nose (toward 10:30) with a right inward downward raking back knuckle strike. Have your left hand pin and check both of your opponent’s hands to your chest at the same time the stomp and stike are taking place. (Your opponent’s knees should buckle from the stomp as your back knuckle strike breaks his nose and momentarily drives his head away.)

2. Continue the motion of your right arm so that it travels horizontally and down, striking both of your opponent’s forearms which in turn will force your opponent to bend forward.

3. Immediately execute a right inward horizontal elbow strike to the left side of your opponent’s jaw making sure that you follow through with your action. (This will turn your opponent’s head to his right.)

4. Without hesitation, return with a right outward horizontal elbow strike to the right side of your opponent’s jaw. (This will force your opponent away from you.)

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9. Attacking Mace [Watch video]

(Front-right step through straight punch)

1. With your feet together, drop back with your right foot toward 6:00 into a left neutral bow stance (facing 12:00), as you execute a left inward block to the outside of your opponent’s right punch. During this action your right hand cocks forward and slightly to the left of your solar plexus (fist clenched and palm up). (You are turning the width of
your opponent’s body.)

2. Immediately pivot into a left forward bow stance as you execute a right straight thrust punch to the right lower ribcage of your opponent. Make sure that your left hand is open as it checks your opponent’s right elbow. (Your action should cause your opponent to bend forward at the waist and to be forced back slightly.)

3. Circle your right hand down, out, over, and around your opponent’s right arm as you counter-grab the outside of your opponent’s right wrist. Immediately pull your opponent’s arm diagonally down past your right hip while simultaneously delivering a right roundhouse kick to his groin. During this action, cock your left hand slightly above your left ribcage (fist clenched and palm up). (Your kick and pull should cause your opponent to bend forward even further, thus exposing his right kidney.)

4. Drop forward into a right forward bow toward 12:(00, while simultaneously executing a left snapping vertical punch to your opponent’s right kidney, ‘with’ your right leg ON AND OVER THE LlNE OF ENTRY. (Make sure your right knee is inside of your opponent’s right knee and pressing up against it.) (Your punch combined with your buckle will drop your opponent to the ground as well as move him away from
you.)

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10. Sword and Hammer [Watch video]

(Right flank left-hand shoulder grab)

1 . While you are standing naturally, your opponent (standing between 3 and 4 o’clock) grabs your right shoulder with his left hand. Step off and to your right with your right foot toward 3 o’clock into a horse stance (facing your opponent) while striking your opponent’s throat with a right outward handsword. Simultaneous with this action, pin your opponent’s left hand to your right shoulder with your left hand. (This action should cause your opponent’s head to move away from
you.)

2. As your opponent reacts to your handsword strike and bends backward, execute a right back hammerfist strike to your opponent’s groin. (Your opponent should then bend forward at the waist.)

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Forms

Short Form 1 [Watch video]

OPENING: ATTENTION STANCE. BOW. DROP TO A MEDITATING HORSE STANCE.

COME UP TO AN ATTENTION STANCE. SIGNIFY. EXECUTE THE SALUTATION:

RETURN TO A MEDITATING HORSE AND
CONCLUDE WITH THE HEAD UP AND EYES OPEN.

1. Your left foot drops back toward 6:00 into a right neutral bow facing 12:00, while executing a right inward block simultaneous ‘with’ a left back elbow strike.

2. Your right foot drops back toward 6:00 into a left neutral bow facing 12:00. while executing a left inward block simultaneous ‘with’ a right back elbow strike.

3. Cover (by moving your right foot toward 3:00) into a left neutral bow facing 9:00. while executing left vertical outward block simultaneous ‘with’ a right back elbow strike.

4. Your left foot drops book toward 3:00 into a right neutral bow facing 9:00. while executing a right vertical outward block simultaneous ‘with’ a left back elbow strike.

5. Cover (by moving your right foot toward 9:00) into a left neutral bow facing 3:00, while executing a left upward block simultaneous ‘with’ a right back elbow strike.

6. Your left drops back toward 9:00 into a right neutral bow facing 3:00), while executing a right upward block simultaneous ‘with’ a left back elbow strike.

7. Cover (by moving your left foot toward 12:00) into a right neutral bow facing 6:00, while executing a right downward block simultaneous ‘with’ a left back elbow strike.

6. Your right foot drops back toward 12:00 into a left neutral bow facing 6:00. while executing a left downward block simultaneous ‘with’ a right back elbow strike.

CLOSING: Cover (by having your left foot drag to your right foot and out to 9:00) into a MEDITATING HORSE STANCE, facing 12:00.

COME TO ATTENTION.

EXECUTE THE FULL SALUTATION. BOW.

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Sets

Blocking Set 1- Star Block [Watch video]

Sequence of blocks that are as follows: (upward. inward. extended
outward, downward. re—cock. pushdown)

1. Right upward block for a left overhead club attack or chop.

2. Right inward block for a right punch to the body.

3. Right extended outward block for a left punch to the face.

4. Right outside downward block for a left kick to the groin.

5. Right hand re-cocks (a right back elbow block) to your right hip for
a left roundhouse kick to your right kidney.

6. Right push-down block for a right knee kick to the groin.

Repeat with left side

Repeat with both sides

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