Grading Yellow Belt

  Grading tests are a demonstration of a student’s level of proficiency they are not the sum total of what the student has learned to achieve the grade. Classes will include various applications of the techniques demonstrated and also alternative techniques which can be used for self defence and competitions. belt

Yellow Belt 8th KYU

yoi yellow grad for seishin freestyle karate Brendan donnelly
Ready Stance, the Japanese word YOI, which means “ready.” The first ideogram, YO, means “use” or ” utilize,” while the second, I, means “will” or “motivation.” To be prepared is to be motivated.



kiba dachi seishin freestyle karate Brendan Donnelly
In Karate, the horse stance (kiba-dachi) has many minor variations between individual schools, including the distance between the feet, and the height of the stance. One constant feature is that the feet must be parallel to each other. Note that the horse stance differs from the straddle stance (四股立ち shiko-dachi?), widely used in sumo, in which the feet point outward at 45 degrees rather than being parallel.


From ready stance move into Horse riding stance.


make a fist Seishin Freestyle -
Make a fist as shown.


First technique Straight Punch

1. Position your fist at the chest level. The shoulder must be relaxed, not tensed.

2. Your elbows should point straight back, not winging out to the side. It should be at a 45 degree angle to the shoulder.

3. Execute the move so that the fist and forearm travels in a straight line to the solar plexus. Lock your elbow down and keep your shoulders square; do not reach, there should be in a straight line from the fist to the shoulder. For grading exam, perform single punch then double punch with Kai on the second punch. Start with left hand for double punch then start with the right.


Rising block of Seishin Freestyle
Age-uke (上げ受け:あげうけ?), which translates to “rising block”, or “upward block” is the Japanese term for a technique used in Seishin Freestyle karate.
The term age-uke is frequently used interchangeably with “jōdan-uke” (high-level block).
The block differs in Seishin Freestyle in that attention is brought to the mid way point where the elbow can also be used as a block against a punch to the face.

gedan.barai seishin freestyle Gedan Bari – Downward sweeping block. This block starts from the opposite shoulder and sweeps down to block a kick or a punch, you should make sure that you do not over reach when blocking. For yellow belt it is practiced in Kiba- Dachi, the shoulders should be square and relaxed. Note in Seishin freestyle this is also an advanced technique for striking the back of an opponent’s arm  in certain instances while placing an arm lock.




The following techniques are performed from fighting stance,hands up, elbows in, hips between your feet, knees slightly bent, and back heel lifted slightly. Front foot at slight angle generally pointing towards opponent, back foot about 45 degrees diagonal.

You will be rotating your entire arm, the shoulder, the elbow, the fist.
Rotating the shoulder is what allows the rest of the arm to fully rotate. Instead of only rotating the shoulder, try to LIFT your front shoulder. Lifting the front shoulder gives you more reach and also protects your chin from overhand counters. It’s a good habit to develop for new fighters because they often leave the chin exposed when throwing the jab.

Reverse Punch.

From the guard position, the rear hand is thrown from the chin, crossing the body and travelling towards the target in a straight line. The rear shoulder is thrust forward and finishes just touching the outside of the chin. At the same time, the lead hand is retracted and tucked against the face to protect the inside of the chin. For additional power, the torso and hips are rotated counterclockwise (for right-handers) as the cross is thrown. Weight is also transferred from the rear foot to the lead foot, resulting in the rear heel turning outwards as it acts as a fulcrum for the transfer of weight. Body rotation and the sudden weight transfer is what gives the cross its power


From fighting stance.
Lift the knee of your back leg up as high as you want to aim (for yellow Belt solar plexis). This is called a chamber.
Strike your target using the ball of your foot. The ball of your foot is located just underneath your big toe. Curl your toes back as you kick to ensure that you don’t accidentally hit with your toes. The kick is a forward, kick using the hips to thrust forward. Bring the kick back to knee (chamber) position, return the foot to the floor.
Round Kick seishin Freestyle
The instep kick is faster and easier to use. The ball-of-foot variation takes much more flexibility and effort to use because of the shape of the foot combined with the chamber which takes more energy to whip around.