Tora Otoshiana
(Tiger Trap)
Author:  Sensei Rockenbach

Tora Otoshiana is a beginner level kata.

The name Tora Otoshiana (Tiger Trap) was chosen to symbolize that this kata contains excellent defensive techniques that can be used to trap an overly aggressive opponent (i.e., a tiger).



Tora Otoshiana

  1. Right Fist-to-Left Knifehand Bow from Musubi Tachi. Move left foot to Yoi Tachi.
  2. Using tension movements and breathing, turn to the left by moving your left foot forward into a Cat Leg Stance facing west and execute a Left Knife Hand Block with the right hand palm up across the solar plexus. This is simply a guarding position.
  3. With your left foot, execute a Front Leg Front Thrust Kick with Keyii waist high to the west and replace your foot. This is a defense against someone trying to do a back leg (front, side, or round) kick against you. Your opponent can be attacking from either an open or closed stance. Your own kick can be anywhere to the opponent's centerline, i.e., groin to face, or offset from their centerline towards their kicking side.
  4. Using tension movements and breathing, pivot 1/2 turn to your right, ending in a Right Foot Forward Cat Leg Stance facing east with a Right Knife Hand Block, with the left hand palm up across the solar plexus. This is a guarding position.
  5. With your right foot, execute a Front Leg Front Thrust Kick with Keyii waist high to the east and replace your foot. This is a defense against someone trying to do a back leg kick (front, side, or round) against you. Your opponent can be attacking from either an open or closed stance. Your own kick can be anywhere to the opponent's centerline, i.e., groin to face, or offset from their centerline towards their kicking side.
  6. Move your left foot north into a Left Foot Forward Han Zen facing north and execute a Left Knife Hand Block to the north with the right hand palm up across the solar plexus. This is a guarding position.
  7. Execute a Right Foot Front Kick Fake + Right Roundhouse Instep High Kick to north, putting your right foot down into a Right Foot Forward Han-Zen without covering too much distance. As you take your stance, execute a Right Knife Hand Block with your left hand palm up across your solar plexus. This is an attack or set-up.
  8. Execute a Left Foot Front Kick Fake + Left Roundhouse Instep High Kick to north, putting your left foot down into a Left Foot Forward Han-Zen without covering too much distance. As you take your stance, execute a Left Knife Hand Block with your left hand palm up across your solar plexus. This is an attack or set-up.
  9. Execute a Right Foot Front Kick Fake + slight skip for distance + Right Roundhouse Instep High Kick with Keyii to north, putting your right foot down into a Right Foot Forward Han-Zen. There is no block on this movement, simply flow into the next movement. This is the primary attack.
  10. Pivoting counter-clockwise on your right foot and moving your left foot to the east into a Left Foot Forward Hanzen facing east, execute a Left Knife Hand Block with your right hand palm up across your solar plexus in a guarding position. This is simply a guarding position facing east.
  11. Extending forward (east) and slightly to your left into a Left Foot Forward Front Stance, execute a Lead Hand Palm Heel Down Pressing Block + Reverse Side Punch with Keyii. This is a defense against an opponent who was in an open stance configuration and who executed a back leg kick (front kick, side kick, round kick).
  12. Pivoting clockwise on your left foot and moving your right slightly to form a Right Foot Forward Hanzen facing west, execute a Right Knife Hand Block with your left hand palm up across your solar plexus in a guarding position. This is simply a guarding position facing east.
  13. Extending forward (west) and slightly to your right into a Right Foot Forward Front Stance, execute a Lead Hand Palm Heel Down Pressing Block + Reverse Side Punch with Keyii. This is a defense against an opponent who was in an open stance configuration and who executed a back leg kick (front kick, side kick, round kick).
  14. Move your left foot south into a Left Foot Forward Hanzen facing south and execute a Left Knife Hand Block with your right hand palm up across your solar plexus. This is a guarding position.
  15. Execute a Right Roundhouse Instep Kick to the head and put your right foot down into a south facing Han-Zen and execute a Right Knife Hand Block with your left hand palm up across your solar plexus. This is a setup ending in a guarding position.
  16. Execute a Left Roundhouse Instep Kick to the head and put your left foot down into a south facing Han-Zen and execute a Left Knife Hand Block with your right hand palm up across your solar plexus. This is a setup ending in a guarding position.
  17. Execute a Right Side Snap Kick to the head with Keyii and put your right foot down into a south facing Han-Zen. There is no block with this movement, simply flow on into the next movement. This is the primary attack.
  18. Pivoting on your right foot, turn 3/4 turn counterclockwise into a west facing Left Foot Forward Han-Zen with Left Knife Hand Block with the right hand palm up across your solar plexus.
  19. From your Left Foot Forward Hanzen facing west, extend forward and to your left into a Left Foot Forward Front Stance while executing an Open Hand Side X-Block with Left Hand High and Right Hand Low. Note that the right hand moves in a parrying fashion from the inside. After the successful block, the right hand curls under the leg in a clockwise fashion (down, right, and up) and catches the lower leg. Place the left hand across the top and inner part of the thigh and pull to your left. This is the beginning of the Kamishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Leg Kick Dance technique. It is used against an attacker that was positioned in a closed stance configuration (left foot forward, right foot back) and who attacked you with a Right Front Kick. The Side X-Block parry neutralized the kick, and the remainder of our hand positioning and the pull to our left toppled our attacker to the ground.
  20. Keeping hold of our opponent's leg, lift his foot high to straighten his leg. As you do this, move foward (west) and execute a stamping side kick to the opponent's groin with your right foot + Keyii. This pretty much finishes this opponent.
  21. Moving your right foot to the right, turn clockwise into an east facing Right Foot Forward Hanzen and execute a Right Knife Hand Block with the left hand palm up across the solar plexus. This is just a guarding position.
  22. From your Right Foot Forward Hanzen facing east, extend forward and to your right into a Right Foot Forward Front Stance while executing an Open Hand Side X-Block with Right Hand High and Left Hand Low. Note that the left hand moves in a parrying fashion from the inside. After the successful block, the left hand curls under the leg in a counter clockwise fashion (down, left, and up) and catches the lower leg. Place the right hand across the top and inner part of the thigh and pull to your right. This is the beginning of the Kamishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Leg Kick Dance technique. It is used against an attacker that was positioned in a closed stance configuration (right foot forward, left foot back) and who attacked you with a Left Front Kick. The Side X-Block neutralized the kick, and the remainder of our hand positioning and the pull to our right toppled our attacker to the ground.
  23. Keeping hold of our opponent's leg, lift his foot high to straighten his leg. As you do this, move foward (east) and execute a stamping side kick to the opponent's groin with your left foot + Keyii. This pretty much finishes this opponent.
  24. Step back with your left foot to Yoi Tachi.
  25. Move left foot to Musubi Tachi with a Right Fist to Left Knifehand bow.