Yama Arashi
(Mountain Storm)
Author:  Sensei Rockenbach

Yama Arashi is an intermediate level kata. Its primary purpose is to present various block-and-counter combinations and some for front kick attacks. As a kata, Yama Arashi serves as a mnemonic device for remembering these combinations. While not athletically challenging, it has many sophisticated movements, including some escapes.



Yama Arashi

  1. Yoi Tachi is Left Open Palm in front of Right Pull-Back Fist at Right Side.
  2. Right left palm down over right palm down bow from Musubi Tachi. Keeping feet in Musubi Tachi, move hands slowly into an overhead moon position.
  3. With a loud Keyii, move both feet suddenly into Yoi Tachi and execute a twin outer forearm wedging block (high). This is a defense against twin upper attacks, e.g., a double outer knifehand strike to the head or neck area.
  4. Continuing with the Keyii, execute two lower fist blocks, one to each side. This would be a defense against simultaneous low attacks from the left and right.
  5. Finishing the Keyii, drop into a Shiko Tachi, execute a Mountain Block (this is two high inner forearm inner blocks). This is a defense against two high thrusting attacks (e.g., head punches) from the left and right).
  6. Keeping your arms in the Mountain Block configuration, twist your upper body as far clockwise as you can and move your right foot forward into a west-facing Shiko Tachi while executing a high left inner forearm inner block and simultaneously executing a right hammerfist to the west with Keyii. Immediately return your hands to a Mountain Block configuration. This is a block-and-counter against a high-section thrust from the north.
  7. Twist your upper body as far counter-clockwise as you can and move your left foot forward into an east-facing Shiko Tachi while executing a high right inner forearm inner block and simultaneously executing a left hammerfist to the east with Keyii. Immediately return your hands to a Mountain Block configuration. This is a block-and-counter against a high-section thrust from the north.
  8. Rotating on your left foot, quickly turn clockwise and move your right foot to the west into a south-facing Shiko Tachi and execute an arm bar and elbow break with Keyii. This is a defense against a right-handed high section thrust from the east.
  9. Execute a left shovel kick to the west and return your left foot to its original position. This is an attack to your opponent's groin.
  10. Reach with the right hand and grab your opponent's hair and pull their head back while jumping high into the air and executing a left descending elbow strike with Keyii. You should land in a south-facing Shiko Tachi with your right hand closed fisted palm down and your forearm horizontal across your body, and your body should be slightly bent forward. Depending upon the position of your opponent, this strike could be to the back (spine, ribs, kidneys), upper shoulder, neck, face, or head.
  11. Turn clockwise, moving your right foot slightly to the northwest into a right foot forward (west) front stance and execute a twin knifehand inner block. This is a defense against a twin upper attack, e.g., twin knifehand outer strike or twin upper hook punch.
  12. Without moving your feet, execute a twin cupped hand ear strike.
  13. Grabbing your opponent's head, execute a front head butt to the opponent's face with Keyii.
  14. With thumbs extended (eye gouge), push your opponent's head away from you (to the west).
  15. Execute a Left Front Kick + Instep Stomp to North.
  16. Using tension movements turn clockwise into a right foot forward back stance facing east while executing a right knifehand block loaded from the bottom. The left hand is open palm up and across the solar plexus.
  17. To the east, execute a Left Fake Back Leg Front Kick + Right Front Leg Front Middle Kick followed by a twin inner Tensho Cover that rotates into twin forefinger eye strikes with Keyii, ending in a right front stance facing east.
  18. Using tension movements, slowly turn counter-clockwise and move the left foot slightly to the south into a west-facing left foot forward back stance and also execute a left knifehand block loaded from the bottom. The right hand is open palm up and across the solar plexus.
  19. To the west, execute a Right Fake Back Leg Front Kick + Left Front Leg Middle Kick followed by a twin inner Tensho Cover that rotates into twin forefinger eye strikes with Keyii, ending in a left front stance facing west.
  20. Using tension movements, slowly turn clockwise into a right foot forward back stance facing south while executing a right knifehand block loaded from the bottom. Execute the left hand is open palm up and across the solar plexus.
  21. To the south, execute a Left Front Kick and immediately return to your original position.
  22. To the south, execute a Left Fake Back Leg Front Kick + Right Fake Front Leg Front Kick + Right 1st Finger Spearhand Eye Strike with Keyii and ending in a Right Front Stance facing south. The left hand is a vertical open hand guarding the solar plexus.
  23. Using tension movements, step back with the right foot into a south-facing left foot forward Back Stance and execute a Knifehand Circular Block. The right hand should end palm up and across the solar plexus.
  24. To the south, execute a Right Front Kick and immediately return to your original position.
  25. To the south, execute a Right Fake Back Leg Front Kick + Left Fake Front Leg Front Kick + Left 1st Finger Spearhand Eye Strike with Keyii and ending in a Left Front Stance facing south. The right hand is a vertical open hand guarding the solar plexus.
  26. Execute a Right Front Snap Kick to south + a Right Side Snap Kick to west combination, putting your right foot down to the west in an east-facing Left Front Stance with Twin 1st Finger Spearhand Eye Strikes with Keyii.
  27. To the east, execute a Right Front Kick + Arm Hold Down with your left hand + Right Same Side Upper Thrust, ending in a Right Front Stance facing south with your left hand palm down underneath your right elbow.
  28. To the east, execute a Left Front Kick + Arm Hold Down with your right hand + Left Same Side Upper Thrust, ending in a Left Front Stance facing east with your right hand palm down underneath your left elbow.

  29. Pivot counterclockwise on your right foot into a north-facing Shiko Tachi with your left foot to the west. As you do this, execute a twin lower spearhand strike using tension movements. Then bring your forearms together as though your were executing a twin upward spear hand strike with your fingertips stopping just above your head and with your elbows and wrists touching, palms facing you. Then close your fists and execute twin down blocks, one to the left and one to the right. All of this is done with tension movements. This is actually an escape from someone who has grabbed both of your arms from your front.
  30. Using tension movements, look to your right and perform a Reverse Hand Flower Dance. This is an escape from someone who has grabbed your right hand with their left hand with their thumb on top of their grip.
  31. Execute a twin lower spearhand strike. Then bring your forearms together as though your were executing a twin upward spear hand strike with your fingertips stopping just above your head and with your elbows and wrists touching, palms facing you. Then close your fists and execute twin down blocks, one to the left and one to the right. All of this is done with tension movements.
  32. Using tension movements, look to your left and perform a Reverse Hand Flower Dance. This is an escape from someone who has grabbed your left hand with their right hand with their thumb on top of their grip.

  33. Execute a twin lower spearhand strike. Then bring your forearms together as though your were executing a twin upward spear hand strike with your fingertips stopping just above your head and with your elbows and wrists touching, palms facing you. Then close your fists and execute twin down blocks, one to the left and one to the right. All of this is done with tension movements.
  34. Using tension movements, look to your right and place your left hand on your opponent's gripping hand to prevent them from letting go. Then pull your right hand toward you and push down on their arm with your right elbow, keeping their palm in the vertical plane. This is an escape from someone who has grabbed your right hand with their left hand with their thumb on the bottom of their grip.
  35. Execute a twin lower spearhand strike. Then bring your forearms together as though your were executing a twin upward spear hand strike with your fingertips stopping just above your head and with your elbows and wrists touching, palms facing you. Then close your fists and execute twin down blocks, one to the left and one to the right. All of this is done with tension movements.
  36. Using tension movements, look to your left and place your right hand on your opponent's gripping hand to prevent them from letting go. Then pull your left hand toward you and push down on their arm with your left elbow, keeping their palm in the vertical plane. This is an escape from someone who has grabbed your left hand with their right hand with their thumb on the bottom of their grip.

  37. Still from Shiko Tachi, rapidly execute a high Sword Catch with Keyii. This is like an upper X-Block, but the heels of the palms face each other with the heels touching and with the fingers curving outwards. This is THEORETICALLY used to catch a sword coming downward at your head. I would prefer not to put this one to the test, however.
  38. With your right foot, execute a step-behind movement into a new north-facing Shiko Tachi that is further west. As you do this, execute the 'Golden Crane' double wrist inner upper blocks followed by twin outward palm heel middle strikes using tension movements. This is a defense against simultaneous upper thrust attacks from the left and right.
  39. Slowly move your right foot to your left foot. As you do this, use a slow, relaxed movement to bring the hands overhead with the left palm facing out (thumb side down) and place the right palm against the back of the left wrist and execute a side-pressure Arm Drop Dance as you slowly move your left foot south into a north-facing Left Front Stance. This is a defense against someone who has grabbed your left wrist with their right hand with their hand configured thumb up.
  40. Execute an extremely rapid Right Front Kick + Right Side Kick, putting the right foot down to the east in a north-facing Shiko Tachi. As you move into the Shiko Tachi, execute a right handed '9' block to the North with Keyii. This is an attack to the front (north) and right (east) against simultaneous targets, followed by a defense against a low front kick or groin kick from the north.
  41. Continuing with the Keyii, immediately look to the right and step behind with the left foot into a cross-legged stance and execute a right back hand strike to the east. The right back hand should be vertical, and the left hand should be open palm down with the forearm horizontal across across your chest and your left fingertips under your right elbow.
  42. Move left foot to left into hands-in-front Yoi Tachi.
  43. Move left foot to the right into Musubi Tachi while moving hands slowly into an overhead moon position. Then move hands into a Left Palm over Right Fist position and execute a formal bow.
  44. Move hands to right side in a Left Palm over Right Fist position while moving the left foot to the left into Yoi Tachi.