Tatsumaki
(Tornado)
Author:  Sensei Rockenbach

Tatsumaki is an intermediate level kata. Its primary purpose is to present a collection of Roundhouse Kick defenses, as well as some kicking attacks and kicking drills. As a kata, Kamishin Tatsumaki serves as a mnemonic device for remembering the Roundhouse Kick counter combinations. Because of the Tornado Kicks, this form is somewhat athletically challenging. Students unable to execute the Tornado Kicks may substitute an Outer Crescent Kick + Fake Inner Crescent Kick + Roundhouse Kick for the Tornado Kicks. This replacement combination is not an aerial combination.



Tatsumaki

  1. Right Fist-to-Left Knifehand Bow from Musubi Tachi. Move left foot to Yoi Tachi.
  2. Drop to Shiko Tachi with Keyii and look left while executing a Left Knife Hand Block to west. This is dropping into a guarding position in anticipation of an attack from the west.
  3. Execute a Left Knifehand Upper Outer Block + Right Spinning Back Kick + Right Spinning Knife Hand Strike + Left Reverse Side Middle Thrust + Left Low Front Kick, ending in a Shiko Tachi with Left Knife Hand Block to west. This is a defense against an attacker from the west's Left Roundhouse Kick to your head, ending in a guarding position.
  4. Remaining in Shiko Tachi, execute a Right Knife Hand Block to east. This is a guarding position against an attack from the east.
  5. Execute an Right Knifehand Upper Outer Block + Left Spinning Back + Left Spinning Knife Hand Strike + Right Reverse Side Middle Thrust + Right Low Front Kick, ending in a Shiko Tachi with Right Knife Hand Block to east. This is a defense against an attacker from the east's Right Roundhouse Kick to your head, ending in a guarding position.
  6. Look north. Execute a Right Front Kick/Roundhouse Neck Kick double kick combination + Left Spinning Back Kick + Right High Side Kick + Left Spinning Back Kick + Left Spinning Back Fist + Right Fist Middle Reverse Side Thrust + Right Front Low Kick, moving into a Right Cross-Legged Stance with Reinforced Right Upper Fist Strike with Keyii to north. This attack usually works well against unskilled opponents. Do not try it on upper belts! Even so, it makes a nice kicking drill to help teach speed and balance. Note that no blow lands in the same place as the last blow. This helps to confuse the opponent.
  7. Turn counterclockwise to east and execute a Right Tornado Kick followed by Left Spinning Side Kick to east, finishing in a Right Foot west/Left Foot East Shiko Tachi with a Right Knife Hand Block to west. This is an attack to the east that finishes with a guard to the west.
  8. Execute a Left Tornado Kick followed by Right Spinning Side Kick to east, finishing in a Left Foot east/Right Foot west Shiko Tachi with a Left Knife Hand Block to east. This is an attack to the west that finishes with a guard to the east.
  9. Execute a Left Front Kick/Roundhouse Kick double kick combination + Right Spinning Back Kick + Left Side Kick + Right Spinning Back Kick + Right Spinning Back Fist + Left Reverse Side Thrust + Left Front Kick, moving into a Left Cross-Legged Stance with Reinforced Left Upper Fist Strike with Keyii to south. This is an attack to the south.
  10. Turn clockwise to face east in a Right Iron Wall Block + Right Low Front Kick/Right Back Fist Upper Strike combination + Right Head Grab + Left Outer Elbow Strike to jaw, ending in a Right Front Stance facing east. This is a defense and counterattack against an eastern attacker's Right Roundhouse Kick.
  11. Turn counterclockwise to face west in a Left Iron Wall Block + Left Low Front Kick + Left Back Fist Upper Strike + Left Head Grab + Right Outer Elbow Strike to jaw, ending in a Left Front Stance facing west. This is a defense and counterattack against a western attacker's Left Roundhouse Kick.
  12. Step forward to Yoi Tachi.
  13. Move left foot to Musubi Tachi with a Right Fist to Left Knifehand bow.