Rank Requirements for 8th Kyu / 8th Gup (Yellow Belt)
Theme:  Simple Round Kick Attacks and Defenses;
Introductory Basic Attacks


The student is required to achieve a satisfactory level of competence in performing the following material.


Required Kata for Yellow Belt (8th Kyu / 8th Gup)
Art Kata
Kamishin Ryu Karate Do Kami Shi-rudo
Taekwon-Do Chon-Ji


Additional Material
Proficiency with Basic Attacks 1-7

High White Belt Attacks

Begin with your left foot forward in a Half Forward Leaning Stance (Han Zen) while your opponent has their right foot forward. This is the "Open Stance" position.

  1. Execute a simple Left Lead Jab at your opponent's head, closing distance by simply extending your Han Zen stance into a full Front Stance (Zen Kutsu Tachi). This will probably not land, but it does teach your opponent that they need to raise their lead hand in a block whenever you come forward. Repeat this for a total of 1 to 3 times, doing so carefully so as not to leave yourself open for a counterattack, i.e., do not commit too deeply in an attempt to hit them. It is enough to make them think they are going to get hit and to get them trained to raise their lead hand whenever you approach. Warning: your opponent is extremely likely to try to kick you in the side with their lead foot, so you must watch carefully for this and be prepared to break off your attack if necessary. Another way of getting around this is to step on their lead foot with your lead foot, or moving in closely enough to jam their potential defensive kick with your front leg, thigh, and hip.
  2. Execute a Right Fist Upper Reverse Side Thrust (feint) with your trailing hand + Left Inverted Fist Middle Thrust to floating ribs (or Back Fist to Solar Plexus or Groin) with your lead hand. Step 1. above taught your opponent that they need to watch their head whenever you close distance, and that they need to raise their lead hand in a block whenever you close distance. This attack uses your trailing hand to induce your opponent to raise their lead hand to again protect their head, thereby opening up their floating ribs for your front (left) hand's Inverted Middle Fist Thrust to their floating ribs. Note: The Inverted Middle Fist Thrust can be replaced with a Back Fist Strike to solar plexus, groin, or floating ribs if you prefer, especially for tournament use. For Street Applications, I would probably stick with the Inverted Fist Strike-it has more destructive potential.
  3. Execute an Arm Grab + Rolling Back Knuckle attack. Use your right (trailing) hand to grab your opponent's lead hand, push it down, and execute a Rolling Back Knuckle Strike with your left hand to their head (temple, philtrum, nose, etc.). Step 2. above taught your opponent that when you attack with your trailing hand, your lead hand is going to attack low. This should make your opponent drop their lead hand down to prevent this, but at the expense of opening up their head for the Rolling Back Knuckle Strike.
  4. Execute a Left Fist Outer Forearm Inner Block to your opponent's lead hand and follow with a Right Fist Reverse Side Thrust to your opponent's solar plexus. Since Steps 1., 2., & 3. above all attacked with the lead hand, your opponent may be starting to think that they you are using your back hand only to facilitate a lead hand attack. Wrong! This attack reverses the roles of your hands, thereby complicating your opponent's decision making process and slowing their reaction down. This is further enhanced by the fact that this is a very, very fast attack, which leaves very little time for your opponent to sort things out. It is also a very strong attack, quite applicable to either tournament or street applications. As an option, you can follow the punch with a back leg kick.
  5. Execute a Left Palm Down Pressing Block to Opponent's Lead Hand + Right Fist Reverse Side Upper Thrust. In Hand Attack 4 you move your opponent's lead hand to your left-and-up to expose their midsection. In this step you move their hand in the other direction (right-and-down) to expose their head.
  6. Execute a Right Palm Down Pressing Block to Opponent's Lead Hand + Left Fist Same Side Upper Thrust. This is very similar to Hand Attack 5 above, but by pressing with the rear hand and attacking with the front hand your reach is extended relative to Hand Attack 5.
  7. Switch feet and Keyii! Execute a fake trailing hand Left Fist Upper Jab while moving the trailing foot slightly forward. Simultaneously move your lead (right) foot forward and execute a Right Fist Outer Forearm Outer Block (hooking) + Right Back Fist Strike + Left Fist Middle Reverse Side Thrust (floating ribs) + Right Inverted Fist Reverse Side Middle Thrust (solar plexus). The foot switch moves you to a Closed Stance orientation (you and your opponent each have the same foot forward) so that you can execute the remainder of the technique. The foot switch, Keyii, and trailing hand jab feint all add fog to the war, hopefully confusing your opponent to an extreme and slowing down their reaction so that you can successfully execute the remainder of the technique. The hooking technique pulls your opponent's arm down and toward you, and you should be closing on your opponent as this is going on. Your opponent will resist this pull, and this will accelerate your closing on your opponent and it will accelerate your back fist attack to their head. This will muddle them up long enough that you should be able to land your Left Fist Middle Reverse Side Thrust to their floating ribs, and may even land your Right Inverted Fist Reverse Side Middle Thrust to their Solar Plexus, if their guard is still high. If they drop their guard after your hit to their floating ribs, change your right hand target from solar plexus to a head target (temple, nose, philtrum, jaw, etc.) or to a groin target.