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Ketsugo Goshin-jutsu

Ketsugo- To Mix or Blended.

Goshin- Self-Protection/Defense.

Jutsu- Art or Technique.

A blend of Atemi-Waza (Striking Techniques), Nage-Waza (Throwing Techniques), Kansetsu-Waza (Joint Locking Techniques) and Shime-Waza (Choking Techniques).


Dachi (Stance).

1. Musubi Dachi (Attention Stance. Feet Parallel. Toes Pointed Out On 45 Degree Angle).

2. Heiko Dachi (Parallel Stance. Toes Pointed Forward, Feet Shoulder Width Apart. All Basic Strikes Start from This Stance).

3. Zenkutsu Dachi (Front Stance. Feet Positioned Heel to Toe, Shoulder Width Apart. Toes Pointed Forward).

4. Sanchin Dachi (Hour Glass Stance. Feet Are Positioned Heel to Toe, Shoulder Width Apart. Toes Pointed Inward On 45 Degree Angle. From Sanchin Kata).

5. Shiko Dachi (Sumo Stance. Feet Parallel, Shoulder Width Apart. Toes Pointed Out On 45 Degree Angle).

6. Neko Ashi Dachi (Cat Leg Stance).

Geri-Waza (kicking Techniques).

1. Mae Geri (Front kick with ball of foot).

2. Yoko Geri (Side Kick with heel of foot).

3. Ushiro Geri (Back Kick with heel of foot).

4. Hiza Geri (Knee Strike).

5. Mawashi Geri (Round Kick with instep of foot).

6. Otoshi Geri (Squat Kick step out on 45 degree angle kick with ball of foot).

7. Mae Konate (Thrust Kick with heel of foot).

8. Fumikomi Geri (Cross Over Kick with heel of foot).

Te-Waza (Hand Techniques).

1. Seiken Oi Tsuki (Lunge Punch).

2. Jodan Oi Tsuki (Uppercut).

3. Seiken Gyaku Tsuki (Reverse Punch).

4. Jodan Gyaku Tsuki (Reverse Uppercut).

5. Gedan Barai Seiken Gyaku Tsuki (Low Block Reverse Punch).

6. Chudan Uke Seiken Gyaku Tsuki (Middle Block/Reverse Punch).

7. Jodan Uke Seiken Gyaku Tsuki (Upper Block/Reverse Punch).

8. Shuto Uchi Seiken Gyaku Tsuki (Knife Hand Strike/Reverse Punch).

9. Tettsui Uchi Seiken Gyaku Tsuki (Hammer Fist/Reverse Punch).

10. Uraken Uchi Seiken Gyaku Tsuki (Back Fist/Reverse Punch).

11. Shotei Uke O-Uchi; O-Uchi (Palm Heel Block/2 Hook Punches).

12. Mae Hiji Uchi (Front Elbow Strike).

13. Hiji No Ato Tsuki (Backward Elbow Strike. From Neko Ashi Dachi).

Requirements for 3rd Kyu Green Belt.

Sanchin Kata

Origin- Goju Ryu

Meaning- 3 Conflicts: Mind, Body and Spirit.

Principle- Focus

Requirements for 2nd Kyu Brown Belt.

Ukemi Waza (Break fall Techniques)

Front, Back and side.


O'goshi (Major Hip Throw).

O'sotogari (Major Outer Reap).

Hiza Garuma (Knee Wheel).

Ippon Seaoi Nage (Shoulder Throw).

Requirements for 1st Kyu Brown Belt.


Guillotine Choke.

Rear Naked Choke.

Triangle Choke.

Front Forearm Choke.

Scissor Choke.

Arm bar.

1. Traditional.

2. From Side Position Using Arms. (Chest To Chest).

Ude Garami (Underneath Arm Entanglement).

Gyaku Ude Garami (Reverse Underneath Arm Entanglement, AKA Kimura).

Kote Gaeshi (Wrist Turn Out).

Kote Hineri (Reverse Wrist Lock).

Requirements for Sho Dan.

Ketsugo Goshin-Jutsu No Kata

Origin- Created by founder Christopher J. Lowery

Meaning- The form or pattern of mixed self-defense techniques/ art.


Sparring is simply to help develop timing and build confidence and endurance utilizing a mix of locking, striking, throwing and choking techniques. This must be done with focus, power and control.


Kyu - (Grade Below Black Belt).

Dan - (Black Belt).

Sensei - (Teacher).

Dojo - (Training Area).

Karate - (Empty Hand).

Jiu Jitsu- (Gentle Art).

Judo- (Gentle Way).

Gi - (Uniform).

Obi - (Belt).

Kiai - (Shout or yell).

Kime - (Focus).

Ki-o-tsuke - (Attention).

Rei - (Bow).

Hajime - (Begin).

Osh - (Stop).

Kumite - (Fight, Spar).

Kata - (Prescribed pattern of movements).

Dachi - (Stance).

The Importance of kata.

Kata, translated in English simply means form. It is the combination of all basic, advanced, offensive and defensive movements in a set prescribed pattern of movements.

With daily practice of kata, the practitioner will develop coordination, balance, speed, timing, quick reflexes and proper breathing. Kata training will also strengthen the bones, muscles, increase stamina and help maintain good overall health.

Numbers in Japanese.

1. Ichi

2. Ni

3. San

4. Shi

5. Go

6. Roku

7. Shichi

8. Hachi

9. Kyu

10. Ju

How to count beyond 10.

11. Would be Ju Ichi (10 + 1 = 11).

12. Would be Ju Ni (10 + 2 = 12).

13. Would be Ju San (10 + 3 = 13).

20. Would be Ni Ju. (2 x 10 = 20).

21. Would be Ni Ju Ichi. (2 x 10 + 1 = 21).

22. Would be Ni Ju Ni (2 x 10 + 2 = 22).

Keep Learning!

Posted by C.Lowery on June 18, 2013 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Learn from all you can. black belt, white belt, no belt! When you think you know it all because of your age or time in the martial arts, call it quits! Their is ALWAYS room for improvement, and being a student NEVER ends!

Never Give Up!

Posted by C.Lowery on June 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

By Chris Lowery


Have you ever asked yourself why you do the things you do…especially when it comes to teaching the martial arts?

Never believe for one moment that what you do is in vain for you will likely never know the impact that you may have made on another person’s life. Don’t think for a moment that you are not passing on something special. If your heart is in it for the right reasons, you are giving it your all as an Instructor.

Whether you have one student or one hundred students…whether they stay for one month or twenty years, believe it or not, they will remember you. They will remember the smell of the school the first time they sparred and the martial art etiquette that you enforced upon them. They may not remember every punch, kick, block, choke and throw taught but they will remember you and what you tried to instill in them if this was done with the intentions of truly being a positive mentor.

Know this. Everything that you do is being carefully observed by your students. You are the gospel truth to your students…so never lie to them and if there is something you don’t know, don’t be afraid to tell them that you don’t know and that you will research their questions until you get the answer.

Teacher or not, we are all students. A true master is not afraid to ask questions. A true master will always be a master of research and seeking the truth. A true master will admit that another may do things differently but it is not a matter of right or wrong, it is simply a difference of opinion or a matter of preference.

The teacher’s job is to be a positive roll model to students and to help guide them along life’s journey in every way possible. You should always incorporate values such as Respect, Honesty, Integrity and Humility into your Martial Arts program.

Don’t be concerned if you have a student who wishes to visit and train at a different school from time to time. The student should ask for your blessing to do so, but if you know that what you are doing is right then you have done all you can. Allow your student's to experience the rest of the martial arts world, and if you have done your job as a teacher, they will be back!

Getting frustrated because of the difficult financial challenges a teacher must meet is a part of teaching the martial arts! Every martial artist should be aware that teaching will probably never be able to provide you with a steady, stable income. There are very few legitimate people of good character in the world today that can make a living from teaching martial arts full time…an alternate or backup plan is warranted when it comes to making money. You must have a passion for teaching, not for making money. If teaching for a living works in your favor, consider yourself blessed…because most are not able to do so without compromising their ethics and integrity.

To teach is to serve and to serve is to teach!