Yellow Belt - 5th Rokkyu

Objective

The Yellow belt student begins the long road of learning forms in the Shaolin Kempo System. This enables individuals to challenge their self discipline as well as providing a structured way to practice basic stances and strikes. One Pinan is the foundation for every form that will be learned at the higher ranks. Those who master one Pinan through repetition of correct form will most likely continue to master future pinans and katas as well. The yellow belt student is also required to begin refining the basic information learned at white belt.

Material & Techniques
(Required before next rank)

Movements


- Shoulder Rolls
- Slapping out backwards

Blocks


- Eight point blocking system with natural strikes

Stances


- Cat
- L-Step
- Figure 4

Strikes


- Reverse hammer fist
- Round house elbow
- Back elbow
- Tiger claw
- Chicken wrist
- Knife hand (shuto)

Kicks


- Crescent kick

Self-Defense Techniques


- Side club defense
- Single lapel grab
- Single wrist grab

Combinations


- Three
- Eight
- Nine

Forms


- 1 Pinan

Additional Information


- 1 basic Kempo punch technique
   (1)    L-Step (left foot to right, right foot out to side horse stance) right hammer fist block,
           right back punch face, RT reverse hammer groin, RT back punch face, RT side thrust
           kick stomach, cross over and on guard.

History


Shaolin Kempo can be traced back to India. In the 6th century A.D, a Buddhist monk named Bodhiharma (BO-dih-DAR-muh) traveled to the Shaolin Temple in China. Bodhiharma introduced a series if Tai Chi like movements to the monks. These exercises ( called the 18 Hands of Lo Han) were designed to improve the mental, physical, and spiritual condition of the monks. The exercises eventually evolved into self-defense movements that the monks used to defend the temple from attackers. Over the next 1500 years, these techniques developed into full-scale martial arts, and spread to Korea, Okinawa, and eventually Japan. From Japan, a man named James Mitose (My-toe-see) brought Kempo to Hawaii in the 1930?s. Students of Mitose brought Kempo to the West coast of the United States around 1950. The development of Kempo in the United States since 1950 will be examined much closer during future studies.