Grappling With Purpose

It is all a matter of context. Two equally skilled grapplers, competing for submissions, can roll for long periods of time, ten, fifteen, even thirty plus minutes before one gets tired and makes a mistake, resulting in him or her getting submitted. Add to this equation some MMA gloves and punches, and a clear winner…

Dominant, Mobile, & Reversible

Freedom is the ability to maintain a diverse set of options in spite of chaos and discomfort. In this image, we see Reyadh and his partner rolling (sparring in a ground grappling context) for submissions. Reyadh is in top mount, a clearly dominant position, but he is trying to attain a higher mounted position to…

Outsourcing A Single Leg Takedown

If you do not know something, ask someone who does. The open source nature of the Taikyoku Budo framework allows us to draw information from various experts or journeymen from other martial arts. The information is then filtered through our core principles and integrated or pared away as appropriate, always looking to see what is…

Osoto Gari as Iriminage

Iriminage (entering body throw) is the quintessential Taikyoku Budo technique because every technique in Taikyoku Budo begins with irimi. Irimi is the principle of taking space, displacing one’s opponent’s body with one’s own. As Ellis Amdur explains, “As the enemy cuts, so, too, do I cut. Not ‘along’ the same path. ON THE SAME PATH….

Yonkyoku or Spiraling Downward

Yonkyoku or Spiraling Downward At the heart of Taikyoku Budo (太曲武道) is the belief that all martial movements can be subdivided into five themes or kyoku (曲). These themes create the basis for our solo practice, but also act as a sort of filter through which to analyze and incorporate techniques from other martial studies…