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Spar Like a Shotokan Champion as Kyle Funakoshi Shows You Lightning-Fast Karate Fakes, Kicks and Sweeps!

Shotokan karate expert Kyle Funakoshi in action at Black Belt magazine.If you want to be a good karate fighter, it’s best to go to the source. In the case of shotokan karate, the source would be its founder, Gichin Funakoshi.

Enter his fifth cousin, Kyle Funakoshi, who has more than 30 years of traditional training under his belt and has been active in national and international competitions.

Today, he is a seventh-degree black belt who carries on the tradition of his family for deep study of, and high-quality instruction in, this Japanese martial art.

In an interview for Black Belt, Kyle Funakoshi explained several principles and advanced fighting strategies of shotokan: “Some of the factors involved are rhythm and timing, not only of your techniques but also your opponent’s so he doesn’t know when you’ll attack. When he’s unsure of when you’ll strike, that opens up his body to you.”

And thus he laid down the groundwork for a series of instructional videos dealing with the fake. This particular video demonstrates two techniques: fake to a high kick, and fake to a leg sweep and face punch.

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Kyle Funakoshi Shows You How to Use Fakes to Defeat an Opponent



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In the fake-to-a-high-kick technique, Kyle Funakoshi and his opponent assume the kamae (fighting stance). Kyle Funakoshi times his initial act, a low feint. Both men recover to the fighting stance. Kyle Funakoshi then starts what appears to be a front kick to the body, and the opponent tries to intercept it with a low block. Without altering his forward motion, Kyle Funakoshi transitions to a high roundhouse kick aimed at the opponent’s exposed head.

The second technique demonstrated involves a fake to a leg sweep and face punch. Kyle Funakoshi first throws a fake to throw his opponent off-balance, using rhythm as a pre-emptive strike to set up his real attack.

As he explained in his Black Belt interview, “There are all sorts of rhythm. There’s natural rhythm when you’re not moving. There’s a rhythm in which you’re pressing your opponent. … Whenever you have an opponent in front of you, that changes rhythm again because both of you are moving — especially when he throws a fake or when you do and he reacts to it.”


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The opponent’s reaction to Kyle Funakoshi’s fake opens the door for the shotokan expert to speed forward and catch the unsuspecting karateka with a leg sweep. As that knocks the opponent off-balance and sends him on a trajectory toward the ground, Kyle Funakoshi follows up in a near-simultaneous fashion with a high-speed punch to the face for total low-body/high-body domination. His opponent never had a chance!

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How Tai Sabaki Works in Karate Moves (Part 1)

Karate expert Joe Mirza demonstrates tai sabaki for Black Belt magazine.The renowned skills of champion martial artists such as Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis and Bill Wallace all sprang from a common source: classical kata. Each of their foundations as experts in karate moves included classical kata.

In this exclusive karate-moves video, shotokan karate instructor Joe Mirza delves into a concept found in the heian shodan — the concept of tai sabaki.

“Tai sabaki literally means body movement,” karate-moves expert Joe Mirza explains. “What we have in tai sabaki is the understanding that when someone attacks you, they’re attacking your centerline.”


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“If you draw a line from the top of your head, going through your nose to your groin and from one shoulder to the hip and from the other shoulder to the hip, within 2 inches of that are all your vital organs,” Joe Mirza continues. “That’s where people attack you.”


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Using Tai Sabaki to Enhance Karate Moves Against Attacks

“When someone attacks you,” Joe Mirza explains, “they’re not going to punch you in the biceps. They’re going to punch you in the heart. When they punch you, they don’t want to punch you in the hip; they want to punch you in the kidney.

“[Understanding] the concept of tai sabaki is very simple. [The] attack is coming to you; there’s two ways to avoid it. The first way is if the attack comes, you move the attack out of your way.”


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Developing Your Karate Moves: The Role of Ayumi Waza in Tai Sabaki

Ayumi waza means stepping,” Joe Mirza says. “It’s pretty simple. It’s a step. If you practice karate or taekwondo, the first form that you have is called heian shodan.”

According to Joe Mirza, the heian shodan contains the tai sabaki element of ayumi waza, or stepping. When translated into karate moves to fend off a jab, for example (as demonstrated in the video), the application of the tai sabaki concept in the form of ayumi waza becomes quite clear.


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Kyokushin Techniques: Kenji Yamaki Demonstrates Karate Moves From His 2-DVD Full-Contact Karate Techniques Set

Now available from Black Belt Magazine Video is the two-DVD karate set from kyokushintechniques master Kenji Yamaki! Titled Full-Contact Karate: Advanced Sparring Techniques and Hard-Core Physical Conditioning, this exciting collection demonstrates karate moves that Kenji Yamaki often teaches his advanced students.

Kenji Yamaki was one of the top kyokushin karate competitors in Japan. Upon immigrating to the United States and setting up shop at Yamaki Karate in Torrance, California, Kenji Yamaki began teaching his own style of hard-core karate, which he dubbed yamaki-ryu.

Having trained extensively in a system made famous by Masutatsu Oyama’s intense striking techniques, Kenji Yamaki’s style favors kyokushin techniques laced with kicks that are frighteningly powerful and lightning fast.


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Surprisingly, this 6-foot-2-inch heavyweight moves and kicks as rapidly as a bantamweight. After all, his heavily muscled frame looks more like a linebacker’s than a kicker’s. However, watch him begin to demonstrate the karate moves on his two-DVD set, Full-Contact Karate: Advanced Sparring Techniques and Hard-Core Physical Conditioning, and you’ll see how this giant moves nimbly and precisely.

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Kenji Yamaki Demonstrates Two Karate Moves From His Full-Contact Karate Techniques DVD Set


This two-DVD collection, Full-Contact Karate: Advanced Sparring Techniques and Hard-Core Physical Conditioning, covers karate techniques from Kenji Yamaki’s yamaki-ryu system, which are inspired by hard-core kyoksuhin karate moves. This forthcoming collection includes the following:

Karate Techniques: Counters Against …

  • one-two punch
  • body strikes
  • hook punch
  • front kick
  • high kick
  • low kick
  • middle kick
  • back kick

Karate Techniques: Feints With …

Karate Techniques: Attacks

  • double attacks (kicks)
  • double attacks (punches to kicks)
  • attacks beginning with side stepping

Karate Moves: Drills for Strengthening …

  • front kick
  • low kick
  • roundhouse kick
  • back kick
  • ax kick
  • front-kick balance and control
  • kick-combination balance and control
  • … and more!

Conditioning to Improve Karate Techniques

  • toe crawl
  • base-leg rotation exercise
  • spider crawl
  • hammer swing
  • body-shield drills
  • advanced stretching techniques
  • … and more!

BONUS! Kenji Yamaki: The Black Belt Interview

Kenji Yamaki sits down with Black Belt for an exclusive interview in which he talks about the following:

  • the meaning of respect for self and for the art of karate
  • how students should behave in the dojo
  • bullying and how it affected him as a child
  • how meditation can impact karate moves
  • his goals as a martial artist
  • how his school came into being
  • … and more!

Learn more about Kenji Yamaki and his journey from bullied child to master teacher of karate moves in these articles and videos — only at BlackBeltMag.com!

New Full-Contact Karate DVDs by Kenji Yamaki Will Feature Advanced Sparring Techniques and Hard-Core Martial Arts Conditioning

You may have seen karate master Kenji Yamaki in the 1989 Dolph Lundgren film The Punisher, in which he portrayed a Yakuza member. You may have seen him on the cover of the May 2011 issue of Black Belt. You may have seen him teaching students at his Yamaki Karate dojo in Torrance, California. Or maybe you haven’t seen this 6-foot-1-inch, 230-pound, eighth-dan powerhouse ever before in your life. But that’s about to change, as Black Belt wraps production on the new two-disc karate DVD set Full-Contact Karate: Advanced Sparring Techniques and Hard-Core Physical Conditioning. And we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek of these action-packed instructional DVDs!

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It’s been claimed that only 14 people in the world have endured the 100-man kumite, the ultimate test of martial arts mastery devised by Mas Oyama, the legendary founder of kyokushin karate.

Kenji Yamaki is one of them.

A victim of incessant bullying in junior high school in the late 1970s, the young, tall, thin and anemic Kenji Yamaki was an easy target who found retaliation to be physically out of the question. The bullying Yamaki endured led the young student to the precipice of suicide on more than one occasion.

In the early 1980s, Yamaki discovered kyokushin karate and learned it had a reputation as the strongest lineage of karate — so he signed up for lessons and glided up through the ranks. He soon found that kyokushin’s techniques in kumite — the hard-core sparring for which the art is known — came easily to him. This discovery led to a concrete abandonment of suicidal thoughts and a decisive redirection toward the world kyokushin championship.

After one year of training, the bullying that tormented Yamaki for so long came to a halt. By age 20, he earned his first black belt. From 1985 to 1995, Yamaki would go on to place in the top 10 at the All-Japan Karate Tournament and the World Karate Tournament — every year.

In 1995, Yamaki pulled out all the stops and battled his way through the 100-man kumite, a traditional test of combat skill involving empty-hand war against a successive series of opponents. The ordeal took three hours and 27 minutes. Yamaki endures the ultimate test of martial arts mastery and tallies 83 wins, 12 draws and five losses out of 100 matches.

Since then, Yamaki has continued training and teaching the art of kyokushin karate (despite having left Kyokushinkaikan, the governing body for the style, in 2002). And the new 2-DVD set Full-Contact Karate: Advanced Sparring Techniques and Hard-Core Physical Conditioning continues that work, documenting an array of techniques and physical-conditioning drills for victory in karate sparring!

Topics on this new 2-DVD set will include the following:

  • blocks and counters against front kicks, high kicks and back kicks
  • counters against outside low kicks, inside low kicks, middle kicks
  • counters against straight punches, hook punches and body blows
  • double attacks: punches to kicks
  • double kicks
  • drills for improving front-leg kicking techniques
  • drills for increased variation of front-leg kicks
  • drills for kicking and dodging
  • feinting with kicks
  • feinting with punches
  • front-kick combinations
  • jumping kicks
  • roundhouse-kick drills
  • side-step attacks

Colbey Northcutt: Round-Kick Combination

Colbey Northcutt competes in the toughest sport-karate arenas on the planet: five-star and AAA-rated open tournaments. She’s been inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as the 2009 Competitor of the Year, so she obviously knows what she’s doing. In fact, she was featured in the August 2010 issue of the magazine in an article on kicking techniques. In this exclusive in-studio video, Northcutt demonstrates her execution of the round-kick combination.


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