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Justin Ortiz

Justin Ortiz

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Justin Ortiz
  • Chase the Monkey Drill - Justin Ortiz

    This drill will develop your students' ability to use a rapid-fire roundhouse kick. The "monkey" will be one partner's back hand, which the other partner will always be chasing with the roundhouse kick.
    Partner Drill | Kicking | Sparring | Point Sparring | Point Fighting

  • Jump Spinning Back Kick Tips - Justin Ortiz

    This technique is a dynamic technique that can be used in point sparring but is also a very exciting board break for demonstration. Learn the secrets to fast and sharp jump spinning back kicks.
    Sparring | Point Fighting | Point Sparring | Kicking | Bob

  • Fake Ax Side Kick - Justin Ortiz

    Feints and other fakes are great for gaining a sparring edge. Use this drill to fake the ax kick and land a side kick.
    Kicking | Sparring | Point Sparring | Point Fighting

  • Boot to Boot Sweep - Justin Ortiz

    Add this partner training drill to your sparring regimen to help with balance, speed, height, and targeting of your kicks. This sweep is very popular in European tournament circuits.
    Sparring | Point Fighting | Point Sparring | Sweep | Partner Drill

  • Justin Ortiz - High X-Block Switching Palms

    Defending against a straight punch, students will use a sequence of small defense techniques to ultimately grab the attacker by the head for a takedown.
    Self Defense | Advanced | Takedown

  • Justin Ortiz - Round Kick Pyramid Drill

    The instructor will call out numbers to tell the students how many kicks to do, the last kick always being to the head on Bob. This drill works balance and speed in the round kick.
    Speed | Kicking | Sparring | Point Karate | Sport Karate | Point Fighting | Balance

  • Justin Ortiz - Round Kick Warm Ups with Bob

    Use Bob to follow this warm up progression for round kicks. This drill is great to loosen up those hips for more intense drills or sparring rounds.
    Bob | Kicking | Mobility | Warm Up

  • Justin Ortiz - Basic Leg Takedown

    This takedown should be used from the ground to lock the attacker's leg. Keep in mind that sometimes the most basic technique is the most effective self defense technique.
    Self Defense | Takedown

  • Justin Ortiz - Round Kick Warm Up

    Progress through this series of paddle drills to work the round kicks and get your students warmed up for an awesome sparring class.
    Warm Up | Kicking | Sparring

  • Justin Ortiz - Advanced Leg Takedown

    The scissor leg takedown is a complex move that your students should have great control with when practicing with classmates. Although risky, this technique could be used to defend against a straight punch.
    Self Defense | Takedown

  • Justin Ortiz - Defense Against a Two-Handed Grab

    Per usual with self defense, start by making a distraction. Use a traditional Japanese technique to start a sequence of defense techniques to take the attacker down.
    Self Defense | Takedown

  • Justin Ortiz - Spinning Back Kick

    Learn the secrets to making your spinning back kicks faster. This will make the kick much more practical for sparring use.
    Kicking | Sparring | Point Karate | Sport Karate | Point Fighting

  • Justin Ortiz - Defense Against a Rear Naked Choke

    When in a rear naked choke, you don't have much time to react and defend yourself. After distracting with a strike somewhere, pull both arms across the body for a shoulder throw.
    Self Defense | Takedown

  • Justin Ortiz - Defense Against a Hook Punch

    Slide in close to the attacker to counter the hook punch or haymaker, striking the neck at the same time. Follow up that initial step with an elbow strike, a wrist lock, and maybe even a takedown.
    Self Defense | Takedown

  • Justin Ortiz - Intermediate Leg Takedown

    After being knocked to the ground, this technique can be used to stop an attacker from following up by tripping them off balance.
    Self Defense | Takedown

  • Justin Ortiz - Split Pyramids

    This stretching drill provides an active stretch that will prepare your students for fast motions like kicking. Make sure they are already warmed up a bit before using this stretch.
    Stretching | Flexibility | Splits | Kicking | Warm Up

  • Justin Ortiz - The Twist

    This is a teaching technique that helps students learn how to pivot. This pivot is going to be important for so many techniques including fundamentals like round kick, side kick, and reverse punch.
    Teaching | Pivoting | Kicking | Kids

  • Justin Ortiz - Spinning Hook Kick

    Learn how to minimize the amount of circular motion in your spinning hook kick so that you have a faster kick that is more effective for sparring.
    Kicking | Sparring | Point Karate | Sport Karate | Point Fighting

  • Justin Ortiz - Twist Kick

    This advanced and deceptive kick requires a lot of hip mobility. Pumping a round kick is a great way to set up the twist kick.
    Kicking | Sparring | Point Karate | Sport Karate | Point Fighting

  • Justin Ortiz - 2-4-6 Counting Rhythm Warm-Up

    This warm up sets up some of the dynamic motion needed for sparring. It also helps your students stay synchronized during the warm up and will make your class look more professional.
    Warm Up | Sparring | Point Karate | Sport Karate | Point Fighting | Timing | Rhythm

  • Justin Ortiz - Advanced Shift Back Fist - Open Stance

    The back leg is going to lead the way to step out of the line of the kick. The slight turn of the shoulders sets up a strong back fist.
    Hands | Sparring | Point Karate | Sport Karate | Point Fighting

  • Justin Ortiz - Switch, Swoop, and Swipe

    Now in a closed stance, one can defend the side kick by quickly switching their stance before executing the swoop and swipe. The swoop being the scooping of the leg, and the swipe being a follow-up ridge hand.
    Defense | Sparring | Point Karate | Sport Karate | Point Fighting

  • Justin Ortiz - Swoop and Swipe

    Defend against a lead leg side kick in an open stance by scooping the leg with one hand, following up with a strike by the other.
    Defense | Sparring | Point Karate | Sport Karate | Point Fighting

  • Justin Ortiz - Defense Against a Round Kick - Open Stance

    Lead with the back leg on a side step to avoid the round kick. A check with the opposite hand will block the kick and set up a scoring reverse punch.
    Defense | Sparring | Point Karate | Sport Karate | Point Fighting