Here is the current curriculum for students at Defensive Arts Plus, revised as of March 2015. This is a result of combining elements of Simon Sensei and Smith Sensei’s old curricula. Emphasis is placed on reducing memorization, focusing more on principle based exercises, and a new system of electives to permit students to customize their training more.
This is Smith Sensei’s student manual from 2005. This will re re-written at some point, but there is still a lot of good info in it.
Movements of the Yang Style Tai Chi Short Form
Lin Sensei wrote up this summary of the names of the 40 movements in the Yang-Style Tai Chi short (or competition) form.
The Ten Essential Principles of Tai Chi
Lin Sensei assembled and edited this document on the ten essential principles of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi 13 Basic forms
This is an explanation of the 13 basic forms of Tai Chi, compiled, translated and annotated by Lin Sensei. Notice the similarities to Kosho: there are 8 directions, and then a grouping of 5 movements
Tai Chi Forms Illustrated
Lin Sensei assembled these illustrations showing some of the basic Tai Chi movements.
Karate and Beyond Terminology
This is a set of notes, by Lin Sensei on various terms we use in class, what their kanji are, and literal translations.
What is Self Defense? By James M. Mitose
This Mitose Sensei’s first book, which I took off of the Tracy Kenpo web site, and turned it into a Word document, and then into a .pdf included here. Difficult book to get ahold of, and so many thanks to the Tracy Kenpo guys for “liberating” it.
True and Pure Karate and Kenpo, By James M. Mitose
This is Mitose Sensei’s second book. Even more difficult to get ahold of than his first, as it contains many references to religion and such. It should be noted that we explicitly don’t teach the religion part, but this is still a very interesting read, as a piece of history if nothing else. This was a poor copy, and is missing some pages, so if anyone has a better copy, I would love to hear from you.
Links for further study
- Sensei Josh Simon’s Integral Way Web site: http://integral-martial-arts.blogspot.com
- Kevin Meisner’s web site: http://yajindojo.net
- Lin Sensei found this video of the Yang Style short form for us to practice by: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6WyGxWBdc8