PURPLE BELT Drills

ALL BASICS FOR STABILITY PRINCIPLES

  • Description: In a run of All Basics the student focuses all of their mental attention on the deeper programming of the Stability Principles. 

  • Purpose: To gain an even deeper understanding, and programming of the Stability Principles. 

  • Reminders: Keep your attention on being bottom heavy. Visualize your connection to the ground. Locate your soul in the center of the body and run it from there. 

ALL BASICS FOR GROUND POWER

  • Description: In a run of All Basics the student focuses all of their mental attention on the deeper programming of Ground Power. 

  • Purpose: To gain an even deeper understanding, and programming of Ground Power. 

  • Reminders: Keep your Stability Principles happening. Pull the energy of your base up and out through your striking limb and out towards the opponent. 

 

ALL BASICS FOR STRIKING PRINCIPLES 

Description: In a run of All Basics the student focuses all of their mental attention on achieving in full the specific elements of the Striking Principles. 

Purpose: To better understand and program the basic enhancement to the student’s form, from each element of the Striking Principles thus ensuring proper striking ability with further practice. 

  • Rooting 
    Reminders: Root in your stance at the same time that you make contact with your strike. 

  • Retraction 
    Reminders: Pull the weapon back before the rest of your body rotates. 

  • Momentum 
    Reminders: Feel your body move in the momentum step. Add a momentum step in occasionally. 

  • Penetration 
    Reminders: Drive the weapon in deep. Let your energy continue to penetrate well past the physical strike. 

  • Explosions 
    Reminders: Make your kiai loud. Let your energy peak outside of your opponent’s expectations. Peak with your energy and with your muscles. 

  • Compensation 
    Reminders: Lean your center into the direction of the force feedback. 

 

ALL BASICS FOR BREATHING 

  • Description: In a run of All Basics the students do two runs for breathing, one run for practicing full breath, and one run for geared breath. 

  • Purpose: To practice and program the proper breathing techniques of Kenpo Karate. 

  • Reminders: On the full breath, breathe all the way in, and all the way out. On the geared breath, breathe according to the amount of energy you are physically kicking out. 

 

ALL BASICS FOR PHYSICAL FIGHTING POTENTIAL 

  • Description: In a run of all basics, the student gradiently brings to bear their full fighting potential physically. 

  • Purpose: To program the student with an ability to move at full physical potential in any fighting situation. To program the student with a physical ability appropriate to combat. 

  • Reminders: Gradiently bring your speed up. Hit your potentials. Make sure you feel that your physical would be overwhelming in a real fight. Don’t stop discovering new, and greater potentials. 

ALL BASICS FOR PROJECTION 

  • Description: In a run of all basics the student practices both full breathing and geared breathing. 

  • Purpose: To begin identifying and developing the primary spiritual ability to project ones energy and attention outward toward the being. 

  • Reminders: Put your attention out and on the opponent to stop him from flowing back. Keep movement in you attention. Be extroverted with your own energy. 

ALL BASICS FOR FIGHT ENERGY 

  • Description: In a run of all basics the student creates the energy of willing to fight. 

  • Purpose: To train program and practice the ability to create, maintain, and project fighting energy at the opponent. 

  • Reminders: Be willing to hit and be hit. Be willing to fight in a causative manner with your opponent. Be willing to accept the consequences that come with that action. 

 

TECHNIQUE LINE 

  • Description: Coach walks up and immediately throws an attack. Student steps back and blocks and then immediately uses their application footwork to attack their coaches. The coach reacts as if being hit. There should be a speed increase over the last level. 

  • Purpose: To train the student to move around in fighting manner while using the basic purple belt package. 

  • Reminders: Step back and block. Keep it slow. Use your Application footwork to attack and transition against your coach. Don’t make contact. Be close enough in range to make contact if you wish. Use your Purple Belt package. Speed up slowly and maintain your application steps. 

 

SPARRING LEVEL THREE DRILLING 

  • Description: Students face each other down in their fighting stances. On the command of begin, they start sparring level three. Level 3 is more uncooperative than Level 2 sparring. 

  • Purpose: To program the ability to spar with your Kenpo while utilizing the techniques of Sparring Levels 1 - 3. 

  • Reminders: Use your primary mental attitudes when you are sparring. Disengage by covering out if things are shaky. Get the right trajectories when you defend and attack. Lead with the hands by using your Forward Travel Step. Penetrate on your attacks and blocks. Gear your breath and rejuvenate when you can. When you fall into hand range, use your travel steps. Realign if you have to when blocking. 

ALL BASICS WHILE BUILDING A VERSATILE ATTITUDE 

  • Description: In a run of slow all basics, the student mentally programs a Versatile Attitude. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Versatile. 

  • Reminders: Say to yourself, “I am Versatile. I have a wide range of weapons and movements that will give me a greater chance to succeed. I can figure out a solution for any problem. I am Versatile.” 

 

VERSATILITY DRILL 

  • Description: Student and coach perform a slow segmented Technique Line. The student chooses weapons hardly ever done and experiments with new applications for their programmed Kenpo movements while staying within the range of proper form. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Versatile, and to get physical practice with variations of the previously programmed movements. 

  • Reminders: Program the Versatile attitude. Mix up your weapons. Keep practicing your basic application steps. Try new things. Stay segmented. Give yourself time to think. 

 

ALL BASICS WHILE BUILDING A FLEXIBLE ATTITUDE 

  • Description: In a run of slow all basics, the student mentally programs a Flexible Attitude. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Flexible. 

  • Reminders: Say to yourself, “I am Flexible. I can change from one thing to the next without getting thrown off. I can change from one strategy to the next, or from one situation to another immediately without shaking.” 

 

FLEXIBILITY DRILL 

  • Description: In an Attack Back Technique Line format the student practices moving while adapting to the changing situations presented by the coach. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Flexible, and to get physical practice changing from one situation to the next without getting thrown off. 

  • Reminders: Program the Flexible attitude. Keep extroverted when the situation changes. Keep the drill slow. Coach should keep the attack slow. 

ALL BASICS WHILE BUILDING A MOBILE ATTITUDE 

  • Description: In a run of slow all basics, the student mentally programs a Mobile Attitude. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Mobile. 

  • Reminders: Say to yourself, “I am Mobile. I can move fast to get in on the offense, and to get out on the defense. I am agile. I am fast. I am quick. I can get in there at great speed, and bail out just as fast.” 

 

MOBILITY DRILL 

  • Description: Student faces the front, and on the command of the instructor, begins moving only using their footwork and upper body, in a rapid agile shadow sparring session. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Mobile, and to get physical practice moving fast and quick with their Kenpo. 

  • Reminders: Move with your footwork using rapid, agile movements. Move quickly, and stop quickly. Use your application steps as well. Keep control of your center, while you move your upper body to simulate dodging blows. 

 

ALL BASICS WHILE BUILDING A SPONTANEOUS ATTITUDE 

  • Description: In a run of slow all basics, the student mentally programs a Spontaneous attitude. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Spontaneous. 

  • Reminders: Say to yourself, “I am Spontaneous. I can physically move without conscious thought. I can act physically without thought. I can move instantly and effectively. 

SPONTANEITY DRILL 

  • Description: Coaches stand around the student and on the command of the instructor deliver one spontaneous attack. The student immediately steps back, blocks and then throws a fast effective combination without thinking. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Spontaneous, and to get physical practice moving the body without any real conscious thought. 

  • Reminders: Coaches throw the attack spontaneously. Student step back and let loose with your attack. Be spontaneous. Don’t think about what your body is doing. Just move. 

ALL BASICS WHILE BUILDING A STABLE ATTITUDE 

  • Description: In a run of slow all basics, the student mentally programs a Stable attitude. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Stable. 

  • Reminders: Say to yourself, “I am Stable. I am connected to the ground. I am in balance. I am rooted to the earth. I am in control because I am stable. I have power because of my stability.” 

 

STABILITY DRILL 

  • Description: In application drill hands and feet, the student moves around the coach keeping their attention on their stability principles. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Stable, and to get physical and spiritual practice maintaining that Stability while moving in Application Drill. 

  • Reminders: Keep your attention on the Stability Principles and its feeling. Control your Application Drill. Connect to the ground underneath you. 

 

ALL BASICS WHILE BUILDING A FLUID ATTITUDE 

  • Description: In a run of slow all basics, the student mentally programs a Fluid attitude. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to Fluid by using the mental technique of the Aesthetic Visualization. 

  • Reminders: Say to yourself, “I am Fluid. I have smooth flowing motions that hit with my environmental powers. My power comes from gravity and centrifugal force.” 

 

FLUIDITY DRILL 

  • Description: In a Shadow Sparring Mass Attack format, the student moves from one move to the next while maintaining their ability to utilize the Aesthetic Visualization. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Fluid by constant use of the Aesthetic Visualization, and to get physical practice getting the aesthetic into the body. 

  • Reminders: Keep the picture you choose in your mind. Strike and kick in all directions while keeping the picture. Maintain the fluid feeling throughout the entirety of the drill. 

ALL BASICS WHILE BUILDING A CONTINUOUS ATTITUDE 

  • Description: In a run of slow all basics, the student mentally programs a Continuous attitude. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to be Continuous. 

  • Reminders: Say to yourself, “I am Continuous. I have relentless ongoing attacks that overwhelm my opponent. There are no breaks in my attack. They are constant and overwhelming. 

 

CONTINUITY DRILL 

  • Description: In an Attack Back Technique Line format, the coach attacks and the student immediately goes into a Technique Line. Once the coach is done, the next coach immediately steps in with an attack, and the student maintains their continuity by immediately going into the next Technique Line. 

  • Purpose: To program the attitude of Continuity into the students mind, and to get physical practice maintaining continuity while being attacked. 

  • Reminders: Don’t drop down in energy. There are no lags in energy. Keep your movements continuous and constant. Don’t let your coaches relax. 

 

ALL BASICS WHILE BUILDING A PRECISE ATTITUDE 

  • Description: In a run of slow all basics, the student mentally programs an attitude of Precision. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to have an attitude of Precision. 

  • Reminders: Say to yourself, “I am Precise. I land my weapons right on their targets. I hit with the proper weapons. My form is solid and clean. I am in total control.” 

 

PRECISION DRILL 

  • Description: In a Technique Line, the student makes gentle contact with the coach’s target with the appropriate hand or foot weapons. 

  • Purpose: To program an attitude of Precision, and to get physical practice landing the appropriate weapon onto the appropriate target. 

  • Reminders: Do your regular movements for technique line. Stay slow. Touch the target with the right hand or foot weapon slowly. 

ALL BASICS WHILE BUILDING AN ATTITUDE OF ENDURANCE

  • Description: In a run of slow all basics, the student mentally programs an attitude of Endurance. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to have an attitude of Endurance. 

  • Reminders: Say to yourself, “I can endure. Physical, mental, or spiritual stress will not break me. I can keep going without faltering. I can keep going when I am exhausted. I do not get smaller with pain and fatigue. I can endure.” 

 

ENDURANCE DRILL

  • Description: Instructor chooses any drill or exercise, and pushes the physical gradient to the point of exhaustion. The student maintains their attitude of endurance throughout said drill. 

  • Purpose: To program the students mind to have an attitude of endurance.

  • Reminders: Don’t introvert. Keep your mind clear that you can keep going. Keep your mental fortitude even if you’re tired. A human being can endure anything. 

 

CONTACT ANALYZATION DRILL (MENTAL) 

  • Description: Student is stationary while coach applies common grabs with an increasing level of force. Student taps when the coach exceeds their threshold with a particular move. 

  • Purpose: To begin to physically and mentally familiarize the student with the forces involved in a real fight. 

  • Reminders: Watch each other’s gradient. Tap when you’re at your threshold. Bring up the force slowly. Regard where the student is at. 

 

CYCLING THOUGHTS DRILLING 

  • Description: Student moves in any Drill, while mentally cycling through the thoughts set by the Instructor. 

  • Purpose: To program the mental ability to cycle through your thoughts, while programming those abilities into your mind. 

  • Reminders: Get a picture of the overall goal. Focus on your first thought. As you go the second thought, leave some attention on the first thought. Keep cycling on through until all of your thoughts program into one thought. 

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