Kama Techniques

This section covers:

  • Basic handling: grips, basic moves, striking applications, blocking
  • Strikes
  • Attacking combinations

Basic Handling

Kama vs Jo guard position

Grips

  • Normal grip – hold near handle
  • Short grip – hold midway up towards blade, enables quick short movements
  • Reverse grip – head of kama is down

Basic moves

  • Wide outside circle (forehand)
  • Wide inside circle (Cross strike)
  • Outside wrist flip (forehand but just using the wrist)
  • Inside wrist flip (back hand but just using the wrist)
  • Inside reverse wrist flip (backhand just using the wrist
  • Outside reverse wrist flip (round house just using the wrist)

Striking applications and targets
Single Kama (left and right)

Normal grip

  1. Strike with point directly into target (face)
  2. Using circular motion strike point into target (carotid neck) (forehand)
  3. Inside horizontal circular motion point into other side of target (carotid, neck) (backhand)
  4. inside horizontal circular motion point into lower level target (chest) (backhand)
  5. Upper cut swing hit target with blade (neck under the chin with blade)
  6. Circular outside motion from above striking down into the target cutting with the blade of the kama (back of neck with blade) and pull down
  7. Hooking motion from inside lower level (hook behind knee)
  8. Outside hooking motion lower level (hook behind knee)
  9. Strike with the back of the kama (mine) using thrusting motion under chin

Reverse grip

  1. Reverse grip uppercut under the chin, point into chin
  2. Reverse grip, circular motion from outside (roundhouse) strike neck/ head with point
  3. Reverse grip, circular motion from inside (backhand) strike neck/ head with point
  4. Reverse grip, butt strike to chin
  5. Reverse grip butt strike to temple from outside
  6. Reverse grip butt strike to temples from inside
  7. Reverse grip butt strike to solar plexus

Striking applications and targets Double Kama

Double Kama

  1. Strike downwards with both kama (carotids)
  2. Strike with the points and slice from the sides (double roundhouse) at the neck
  3. Strike and slice the neck with both kama (double cross strike)
  4. Strike with the points from the sides into the mid-section (ribs)
  5. Mountain storm – kama in reverse grip, strike with butt
  6. Double butt strike to temples

Blocking

  1. Inside block (forehand) (with spine of Kama)
  2. Outside block (back hand) (with spine of Kama)
  3. Reverse grip block (with spine of Kama)
  4. Double wedge block (with spine of Kama)
  5. Outside handle block and cut into wooden weapon
  6. Block with back of blade (mine) , rotate and cut
  7. Cross block high
  8. Cross block side
  9. Cross block low

Strikes

Double kama downwards strike

Jodan and chudan

Single Kama

  1. Overhead single strike – step forward into zen, strike downwards, then step and strike with other side stepping into zen
  2. Overhead alternating double strike – shuffle forward on same foot left and right strikes with the same leg leading, one to jodan and one to chudan
  3. Butt strike (kama in reverse grip) – step forward into zen and strike with butt, step forward with other foot and strike.
  4. Roundhouse- step forward into zen wide outside (roundhouse/ forehand) strike, step forward with other foot and wide outside (roundhouse/ forehand) with other hand
  5. Cross strike – step forward into zen cross strike, step forward with other foot and cross strike with other hand
  6. Circular wrist flip and snap downwards – rotate wrist circular motion and snap downwards strike as step into zen, repeat other side
  7. Reverse grip rising uppercut – forward into zen, reverse grip, shaft along elbow, rising uppercut with elbow to jaw
  8. Reverse grip forehand strike – forward into zen, reverse grip forehand strike, repeat other side
  9. Reverse grip elbow strike – forward into zen, reverse grip elbow strike, repeat other side
  10. Reverse grip back hand strike – forward into zen, reverse grip backhand strike, repeat other side
  11. Strike with mine – forward into zen, strike with back of blade, repeat other side
  12. Butt strike, reverse grip forehand strike (same hand) – into zen, repeat both sides
  13. Butt strike, reverse grip backhand strike (same hand)- into zen repeat both sides

Double Kama

  1. Double circular, wrist flip and snap downwards – Cat’s paw, supinate both wrists, as raise arms, snap down into double strike with point, switch legs and repeat
  2. Double cross cut neck – cats paw, switch legs and repeat
  3. Double roundhouse neck – cats paw, switch legs and repeat
  4. Double roundhouse ribs – cats paw, switch legs and repeat
  5. Mountain storm – zen, repeat other side
  6. Double strike temples – zen, repeat other side
  7. Reverse grip jabbing butt strike, reverse grip forehand strike other hand – zen, repeat other side

Attacking combinations

Kama attacking combination- rising strike groin, downwards neck
  1. Ankle kick, downward neck, same hand cross strike, spinning cross strike with other hand
  2. Front kick, jab with mine to throat, downward to face, spinning back kick, opposite hand cross strike
  3. Reverse Grip Jabbing Butt strike to face, reverse grip elbow strike to face, change grip cross strike
  4. Rising strike groin, downwards neck
  5. Cross, circular combination
  6. Spiral cut
  7. Kick to knee, cross strike, spinning cross hand strike with other hand
  8. Front Kick, double wrist flick down
  9. Front Kick, double roundhouse
  10. Front Kick, double cross strike
  11. Front kick, double butt strike temples (reverse grip), reverse grip elbow strike to head
  12. Front kick, double hook behind head, drive knee into face
  13. (Reverse grip) Jabbing Butt strike to face, reverse grip elbow strike to face, other hand round house (normal grip)
  14. (Reverse grip) Jabbing Butt strike to face, reverse grip elbow strike to face, same hand change grip cross strike(normal grip)
  15. (Reverse grip) jabbing butt strike, reverse grip rising elbow strike under chin, change grip downwards to carotid (all same hand)
  16. (Reverse grip) jabbing butt strike, reverse grip rising elbow strike under chin, other hand downwards to carotid
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