Doragon Tsumi
(Dragon Claw)
Author:  Sensei Rockenbach

Doragon Tsumi is an intermediate level kata. Its primary purpose is to present some block-and-counter combinations and attacks for spinning back kick techniques. As a kata, Doragon Tsumi serves as a mnemonic device for remembering these combinations. Doragon Tsumi has a moderate degree of athletic difficulty.



Doragon Tsumi

  1. Begin with Left Palm over Right Fist at Right Side Yoi Tachi.
  2. Move Left Foot into Musubi Tachi with Right Fist-to-Left Knifehand Bow from Musubi Tachi.
  3. Move hands overhead into the moon configuration.
  4. With Keyii, execute a Twin Outer Forearm Block to North while moving left foot into Yoi Tachi.
  5. Continuing with Keyii, drop into a north facing Shiko Tachi and execute a Knife Hand Block to the east.
  6. In a step-behind motion, execute a left spinning back kick feint to the east immediately followed by a jumping Right Hook Kick to east with Keyii, landing in a left Han Zen facing west while executing a Left Knife Hand block to west.
  7. Against an opponent from the west who is executing a Right Spinning Back Kick, extend your Han Zen to the south west into a Left Front Stance to evade the kick. Simultaneously, with your left arm, execute a Palm Heel Block and grab of their right upper arm while with your right arm execute a rising Ridgehand to Groin and then grab under their right thigh with your left hand.
  8. Move your right foot forward into a normal stance while lifting your opponent and rotating them head down (spin them counterclockwise). Dropping to your left knee, execute a "pile driver", slamming their head into the floor. Continuing to control them with your left hand, execute two right punches with Keyii, one to their ribs and one to their head.
  9. Move your right foot south into a Dragon's Tail Stance (tail north), and, with very slow tension movements and deep breathing, execute a Left Dragon's Claw down pressing block and Right Dragon's Claw Upper Guarding Block.
  10. Keeping your hands in Dragon's Claws, slowly load and then rapidly execute a Right Upper Hidden Hand Dragon's Claw attack to the north.
  11. Immediately continue on with a Left Spinning Back Kick, putting the left foot down into a Left Front Stance and executing a Left Spinning Knife Hand + Right Reverse Side Middle Thrust.
  12. Immediately continue with a Right High Side Kick, putting the right foot down to the north.
  13. Turning counterclockwise, put the left foot down to the east into a south-facing Shiko Tachi while using tension movements to execute a Circular Block with Twin Dragon's Claws towards the east.
  14. To the east, execute a right Spinning Back Kick fake and, using a step-behind motion, continue to the east and execute a Left Backfist Strike while moving into a Right-Foot-Behind Cross-Legged Stance east.
  15. As a continuation of the previous technique, move your left foot east into a Left Front Stance and execute a Left outer Forearm Block + Right Palm Heel Groin Strike and Right Groin Cup plus a Left Knife Hand Strike to Right Hand Cupped Groin with Keyii while pivoting into a Dragon's Tail Stance with the left foot (tail) east. The right fist should end up high as though having executed a Right High Backfist strike to the north (this is not an actual strike-it is simply part of the previous groin strike technique). The left hand should end as a low palm down knife hand above your right leg.
  16. Keeping your feet in place and using tension movements, pivot your stance into a Dragon's Tail Stance with the tail (right foot) pointing west. The right hand Dragon's Claw goes low over your right leg, the left hand Dragon's Claw is moved high across your head.
  17. Turning counter-clockwise and moving the left foot west into a north-facing Shiko Tachi, execute a Right Spinning Side X-Block and Left Reinforced Inner Elbow Strike to the south, with Keyii.
  18. Turning clockwise, move the left foot to the east into a south-facing Shiko Tachi and using tension movements execute a Circular Block with Twin Dragon's Claws towards the west.
  19. To the west, execute a Left Spinning Back Kick fake and, using a step-behind motion, continue to the north and execute a Right Backfist Strike while moving into a Left-Foot-Behind Cross-Legged Stance.
  20. As a continuation of the previous technique, move your right foot west into a west-facing Right Front Stance and execute a Right Outer Forearm Block + Left Palm Heel Groin Strike and Left Groin Cup plus a Right Knife Hand Strike to Left Hand Cupped Groin with Keyii while pivoting into a Dragon's Tail Stance with the right foot or tail facing west. The Left fist should end up high as though having executed a Left High Backfist strike to the east (this is not an actual strike-it is simply part of the previous groin strike technique). The right hand should end as a low palm down knife hand above your right leg.
  21. Keeping your feet in place and using tension movements, pivot your stance into a Dragon's Tail Stance with the left foot (tail) east. The left hand Dragon's Claw goes low over your left leg, the right hand Dragon's Claw is moved high across your head.
  22. Turning clockwise and moving the right foot east into a north-facing Shiko Tachi, execute a Left Spinning Side X-Block and Right Reinforced Inner Elbow Strike to the south, with Keyii.
  23. Using tension movements, turn clockwise and move your left foot to the north into a tail-south (right leg) Dragon's Tail stance with Dragon's Claw blocks (left high, right low over the tail).
  24. Keeping your hands in Dragon's Claws, execute a Left Upper Hidden Hand Dragon's Claw attack to the south. Immediately continue on with a Right Spinning Back Kick, putting the right foot down into a Right Front Stance facing south and executing a Right Spinning Knife Hand + Left Reverse Side Middle Thrust.
  25. Immediately continue with a Left High Side Kick to the south.
  26. Continue with a Right Spinning Back Kick to East, putting your right foot down to the east. As you land in a north-facing Shiko Tachi, using tension movements execute a Circular Block with Twin Dragon's Claws toward the west.
  27. Shifting to west by extending the left foot westward into a narrow Left Front Stance, execute a Right Reverse Side Dragon's Claw Upper Strike (a feint) followed by a Left High Backfist Strike (another feint) followed immediately by a Right Spinning Back Kick to west with a High Right Spinning Back Fist as you land in a right foot west Shiko Tachi with a left palm vertical (fingertips up) at your solar plexus.
  28. Immediately execute a Right Bottom Fist Groin Strike, Right High Backfist Strike, bring the right fist to your left palm (right fist oriented palm down) and execute a Right Backfist Upper Strike. Without hesitation, continue with a Left Reverse Side Middle Thrust as you extend your right foot to the west into a Right Front Stance with Keyii.
  29. Continuing with your Keyii, execute a Left Upper Roundhouse Kick to west, landing in a left foot west, right foot east Shiko Tachi, and then using tension movements execute a Circular Block to the east with Twin Dragon's Claws.
  30. Shifting to east by extending the right foot eastward into a narrow Right Front Stance, execute a Left Reverse Side Dragon's Claw Upper Strike (a feint) followed by a Right High Backfist Strike (another feint) followed immediately by a Left Spinning Back Kick to east with a High Left Spinning Back Fist as you land in a left foot east Shiko Tachi with the right palm vertical (fingertips up) at your solar plexus.
  31. Immediately execute a Left Bottom Fist Groin Strike, Left High Backfist Strike, bring the left fist to your right palm (left fist oriented palm down) and execute a Left Backfist Upper Strike. Without hesitation, continue with a Right Reverse Side Middle Thrust as you extend your left foot to the east into a Left Front Stance with Keyii.
  32. Continuing with your Keyii, execute a Right Upper Roundhouse Kick to east, landing in a west facing Left Han Zen stance, and then using tension movements execute a Circular Block to the west with Twin Dragon's Claws.
  33. Against an opponent from the west who is executing a Right Spinning Back Kick, extend your Han Zen to the south west to evade the kick. Simultaneously, with your right arm grab under their right thigh and with your left hand grab their right upper arm or the back of their shoulder.
  34. Move your right foot forward into a normal stance and shift your weight onto your right foot.
  35. With Keyii, execute a sickle leg sweeping kick with your left leg against the front of their supporting left knee while simultaneously using your left hand grip to face-plant your opponent into the floor. You should end up in a right front stance facing north.
  36. Step forward with the left foot into a Left Front Stance with the right leg bent such that the right knee rests on the ground. Simultaneously execute a Right Bottom Fist Descending Strike with Keyii to the back of your opponent's head as he lies on the floor face down. Your left hand should be in an open palm facing down position under your right elbow.
  37. Move Left Foot into Musubi Tachi and move hands into a moon position.
  38. Move hands into a Right Fist-to-Left Knifehand Bow from Musubi Tachi.
  39. Move Left foot to left into Yoi Tachi with Left Palm over Right Fist at Right Side Yoi Tachi.