Demo Guidelines for Dan Candidates
1. Nidan & Sandan - Multiple attackers (2 at the same time)
2. Yondan & up - Multiple attackers (3 at the same time)
3. Execute clean technique with 3-D movement (footwork)
4. No more than 3 sequences per kata:
Nidan a) Double Tambo 1- 1 sequence (2 attackers at same time)
b) Tambo 2- 1 sequence (2 attackers…)
c) Centerline 1- 1 sequence (2 attackers…)
d) Kata of choice- 1 sequence (2 attackers…)
A sequence has two rounds per attacker. Incapacitate on the first round, then kill each attacker on the second round (little longer now due to super sequence)
Aspects of Self-Defense to Incorporate:
Candidate Tips - Be the hero of your demo!
- Start the demo at least 4-6 months before testing, 2 months out no more re-writes.
- Send video of demo to your local master (or master of your choice) to review 4 months in advance. Take their feedback and produce another revision for review 3 months in advance.
- Position yourself for the masters to see, keep 360 degrees in mind (audience).
- Initial attack is simultaneous, move offline immediately (avoid getting hit
while striking the 2nd attacker).
- Separate attackers and confront fewer at one time.
- Use one attacker as shield; use attacker’s leverage against themselves to
confuse and entangle them; recycle attackers.
- Use your skill/rank level attack or counter attack (ukes need to be
advanced, if not, start training even sooner).
- Stay mobile: be on the move, look for targets, destroy targets; keep your
stances short and natural to move more freely, every step should have a purpose.
- Do not take your eyes off the opponent in front of you, use your peripheral
vision to see 2nd and 3rd attacker.
- Practice the demo like a kata; first fast (reps), then slow it down to 1/3 or
1/2 the speed for the audience to appreciate it.
- Include hard & soft style techniques for take downs.
- Use action & reaction (i.e. beat the attacker to the punch; don’t allow full
range completion of the technique; be the hunter NOT the hunted).
- Use attacker’s energy from their attack to throw or unbalance them.
- Use both sides of your body in all techniques (i.e. be mindful of left & right
side techniques, not just your favorite side).
- Disarm and attack (block & strike) at the same time if possible; recycle
attacker’s weapon to incapacitate.
- Use all parts of your weapon in all blocks & strikes (i.e. Tambo/Bo - both
ends as well as the middle section; Tonfa - handle, short end and long end
of the weapon).
- Ukes weapon must be stronger than katas weapon (ie. double tambo (uke) vs single).
- Both you and your uke must over exaggerate your attacks and strikes; you should appear to be in constant danger.
- Use multiple follow-up techniques as finishing strikes, throws as well.
- Use all angles and all levels for 3-D self-defense.
- Empty hand vs empty hand/ empty hand vs weapon.
- Demonstrate: 1) control of the area (awareness)
2) control of yourself (move offline)
3) control of the attackers (strategy)
4) control of the situation
- Allow ukes to perform to their strength (if falling is specialty then throw them).
- Allow your uke to show you a weakness in your idea (once everyone is
familiar with the demo, ask how many hits/ breaks (~5), if not enough add fillers).
- “If the attack is sloppy, the application will be sloppy”.
- The higher the testing level, the higher the uke level.
- Give lesser moves to the lower level uke.
- Uke must commit to time outside of class, weekends.
- Uke is responsible for weapon placement.
- As test nears the ukes should be able to perform the demo without the tester (it should look like an invisible person is throwing people around).
- Write a script for your ukes to learn; later video your sequences and share with ukes.
- Presentation: sequence the order of katas in demo.
- Don’t be too close to one another, the audience will miss your apps.
- Distancing: don’t let your practice space dictate your executions; practice outdoors and without
mats at times.
- Slashing is allowed.
- Head up, shoulders back, facial expressions.
- Use moves for inspiration but do not try to follow an entire sequence of techniques out of a kata.
Revised January 2018