A new way to teach classic styles of forms and self defense is now in Bakersfield!

Basic Principles of the Month:

Understand the movements – ever hear a song and not know the words? This happens to me all the time. I might love a song, but sometimes, I cannot understand the words. So, when I am alone and singing in the car, I just make something fit that sounds like what the real artist is singing. Forms can be like that. When we start out in our training, we often learn by parroting or copying from the person/student in front of us. As we progress, we begin to understand that there are actual, intended movements being carried out in forms. It is always important to understand what you are doing. Is it a down-block or a hammer fist? A side kick or a step into a horse-riding stance or both? There is a reason for the movement, and you have to know what it is in order to perform the technique correctly.

Use a flexible stance – When sparring you need to utilize a stance that allows to you both attack and defend. By defend, I mostly mean avoid. A stance that will allow you to quickly change from an open to a closed stance is useful as well. Most of the time we spar in a “sparring” stance that is very similar to a back stance. That position allows the greatest variety of both attacks and defensive techniques. Be careful about staying in other stances for too long. They may expose you to balance issues that your opponent may try to take advantage of. For example: a climbing stance as well as a horse-riding stance may make you more vulnerable to a sweep because of your positioning and additional weight placed on the forward leg.


Class Schedule:

Classes are held every Wednesday and Thursday evening. Saturday classes run from 10:30 to noon.  And while it is not on an official schedule, we frequently hold class on Sunday mornings as well. Come check out a class and see if our family is right for you and yours!

Some important links:

May 2018 - We have temporarily lost our training space. Bakersfield Chayon Ryu is looking for a replacement. Training will take place in various outdoor locations until this issue can be resolved. Follow our training plan more closely on our Facebook page or call Mr. Moore directly at 661-342-9758.

A couple of videos from Mr. Moore’s Yi Dan (2nd Dan) rank exam in Houston.


We are interested in accepting new students at this time. If you would like to make Chayon-Ryu a valuable resource for your life, please contact us.  Mr. Moore is also available to provide free women's self-defense seminars to any group of 10 or more individuals.  If you run a business or are a member of a church or organization and you would like information on this special class please call.  You can reach Mr. Moore or obtain information about Chayon-Ryu at: or by phone (661) 342-9758.

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