Shunketsu
(Hero)
Author:  Sensei Rockenbach

Kamishin Shunketsu's primary purpose is to present some advanced block-and-counter combinations for upper and middle punches. It also presents a defense against round kicks, and a very effective counter for a front kick/upper punch attack combination. It also presents a very basic hand attack combination that students may find useful. As a kata, Kamishin Shunketsu serves as a mnemonic device for remembering these combinations.



Shunketsu

  1. Right Fist-to-Left Knifehand Bow from Musubi Tachi. Move left foot to Yoi Tachi.
  2. Stepping left into a west facing Left Front Stance, execute a Left Outer Cover + Right Middle Reverse Side Palm Heel Strike. This is a defense against an attacker coming from the west with a Right Upper or Middle Strike.
  3. Moving right foot to south, pivot into an east facing Right Front Stance and execute a Right Outer Cover + Left Middle Reverse Side Palm Heel Strike. This is a defense against an attacker coming from the east with a Left Upper or Middle Strike.
  4. Shifting weight onto right foot, execute a Left Thigh Block and Leg Grab to north west. This is a defense against an attacker coming from the west with a Right Roundhouse Middle Kick.
  5. Step with left foot to northwest into a 3rd Fighting Stance while raising Leg Grab and upending opponent. It is important to teach students to raise the leg and push forward when they catch a leg. Pulling the leg is generally ineffective. Raising and pushing will generally upend your opponent.
  6. Shifting weight onto left foot, execute a Right Thigh Block and Leg Grab to north east. This is a defense against an attacker coming from the west with a Left Roundhouse Middle Kick.
  7. Step with right foot to northeast into a 3rd Fighting Stance while raising Leg Grab and upending opponent. It is important to teach students to raise the leg and push forward when they catch a leg. Pulling the leg is generally ineffective. Raising and pushing will generally upend your opponent.
  8. Turning counterclockwise, step with right foot to north into a Sumo Stance and execute a Left Inner Cover with a Half-Clenched Fist + a Left Upper Upset Half-Clenched Fist Strike to an attacker coming from the south. Trailing hand is in a vertical Palm Heel guard position in front of solar plexus. This is a defense against an attacker from the south coming in with a Right Upper Fist Strike.
  9. Turning counterclockwise, step with left foot to north into a Sumo Stance and execute a Right Inner Cover with a Half-Clenched Fist + a Right Upper Upset Half-Clenched Fist Strike. Trailing hand is in a vertical Palm Heel guard position in front of solar plexus. This is a defense against an attacker from the south coming in with a Left Upper Fist Strike.
  10. Turning clockwise, step with right foot to north into a Sumo Stance and execute a Left Inner Cover with a Half-Clenched Fist + a Left Upper Upset Half-Clenched Fist Strike. Trailing hand is in a vertical Palm Heel guard position in front of solar plexus. This is a defense against an attacker from the south coming in with a Right Upper Fist Strike.
  11. Pivot 1/4 turn counterclockwise into an east facing Right Back Stance. Execute a Left Outer Forearm Inner Block + Left Outer Forearm Outer Block and Right Fist Reverse Side Middle Strike + Left Elbow Inner Strike + Left Upper Back Fist Strike, followed by a Right Reverse Side Middle Thrust while extending into an east facing Left Front Stance. This is a defense against an opponent from the east attacking with a Right Upper or Middle Fist Punch followed immediately by a Left Upper or Middle Fist Punch. If the opponent is close after our Outer Forearm Block, we will land the elbow strike. If not, the elbow strike will simply be the beginning of the backfist strike. While the elbow strike and backfist strike are practiced as horizontal strikes, in the real world they can also be executed as descending strikes. You may wish to train both ways.
  12. Pivot 1/2 turn clockwise into a west facing Left Back Stance. Execute a Right Outer Forearm Inner Block + Right Outer Forearm Outer Block and Left Fist Reverse Side Middle Strike + Right Elbow Inner Strike + Right Upper Back Fist Strike, followed by a Left Reverse Side Middle Thrust while extending into a west facing Right Front Stance. This is a defense against an opponent from the west attacking with a Left Upper or Middle Fist Punch followed immediately by a Right Upper or Middle Fist Punch. If the opponent is close after our Outer Forearm Block, we will land the elbow strike. If not, the elbow strike will simply be the beginning of the backfist strike. While the elbow strike and backfist strike are practiced as horizontal strikes, in the real world they can also be executed as descending strikes. You may wish to train both ways.
  13. Pivot 1/4 turn counterclockwise into a south facing Left Front Stance and execute a Forefist Lower X-Block to south, followed by a Knifehand Upper X-Block to south. Grabbing opponent's arm with both hands, execute a Right Knee Middle Kick to ribs followed by a Right Sword Peak Hand strike to throat + Right Leg Sweep (Hammer & Sickle maneuver) with Keyii. You should end in a south-east facing Left Front Stance. This is a defense against an opponent attacking from the west with a Right Front Kick (low or middle) followed by a Right Fist Upper Thrust.
  14. Step forward into a south-facing Right Front Stance and execute a Forefist Lower X-Block to south, followed by a Knifehand Upper X-Block to south. Grabbing opponent's arm with both hands, execute a Left Knee Middle Kick to ribs followed by a Left Sword Peak Hand strike to throat + Left Leg Sweep (Hammer & Sickle maneuver) with Keyii. You should end in a south-west facing Right Front Stance. This is a defense against an opponent attacking from the west with a Left Front Kick (low or middle) followed by a Left Fist Upper Thrust.
  15. Step south with right foot into a Shiko Tachi with right side to south. Execute a Right Outer Forearm Outer Block + Right Backfist to philtrum or temple. This is an attack against a right-side-forward opponent to the west whose guarding right arm is perhaps a little too far out from their body. The Outer Forearm Block is designed to hook the opponent's lead guard and drag it down. As the opponent resists this motion, you slide towards your opponent to deliver the backfist.
  16. After the previous backfist strike, shift right foot into a south facing Right Front Stance and execute a Left Fist Middle Reverse Side Punch + Right Fist Middle Same Side Inverted Fist Strike. This simply continues the attack of the previous step.
  17. Step south with left foot into a Shiko Tachi with left side to south. Execute a Left Outer Forearm Outer Block + Left Backfist to philtrum. This is an attack against a left-side-forward opponent to the west whose guarding left arm is perhaps a little too far out from their body. The Outer Forearm Block is designed to hook the opponent's lead guard and drag it down. As the opponent resists this motion, you slide towards your opponent to deliver the backfist.
  18. After the previous backfist strike, shift left foot into a south facing Left Front Stance and execute a Right Fist Middle Reverse Side Punch + Left Fist Middle Same Side Inverted Fist Strike. This simply continues the attack of the previous step.
  19. Moving left foot, turn 1/4 turn clockwise into a west facing Right Cat Leg Stance while executing a Tension Left Knifehand Inner Block. This block and stance is intended to be a guarding ready position rather than a counter to a specific attack. For this reason, execute the block as a tension technique.
  20. Step left foot to west into a Left Front Stance while executing a Left Palm Heel Outer Block + a simultaneous Right Middle Reverse Side Palm Heel Strike. This is a block and distracting softening up counter for an attacker from the west who attacks with a Right Middle or Upper Thrust.
  21. Pivot 1/4 turn clockwise into a north facing Right Front Stance while simultaneously executing a Left Knifehand/Right Inner Knifehand elbow dislocation or takedown with Keyii. This technique is used after the attacker (who attacked with a Right Middle or Upper Thrust) has been suitably distracted with a Right Palm Heel Strike to the floating ribs. If you are strong enough, perform this against your attacker as an elbow break. If the opponent's arm is too strong, modify this to become a take down.
  22. Turning 1/4 turn clockwise, step back with right foot into an east facing Left Cat Leg Stance while executing a Tension Right Knifehand Inner Block. This block and stance is intended to be a guarding ready position rather than a counter to a specific attack. For this reason, execute the block as a tension technique.
  23. Step right foot to east into a Right Front Stance while executing a Right Palm Heel Outer Block + a simultaneous Left Middle Reverse Side Palm Heel Strike. This is a block and distracting softening up counter for an attacker from the west who attacks with a Right Middle or Upper Thrust.
  24. Pivot 1/4 turn counterclockwise into a north facing Left Front Stance while simultaneously executing a Right Knifehand/Left Inner Knifehand elbow dislocation or takedown with Keyii. This technique is used after the attacker (who attacked with a Left Middle or Upper Thrust) has been suitably distracted with a Left Palm Heel Strike to the floating ribs. If you are strong enough, perform this against your attacker as an elbow break. If the opponent's arm is too strong, modify this to become a take down.
  25. Step forward to Yoi Tachi.
  26. Move left foot to Musubi Tachi with a Right Fist to Left Knifehand bow.