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

Basic Principles of the Month:

Position of hand and foot - While doing forms, pay attention to the position of your hands and feet. You need to insure that the focus of your movements is in the correct direction in order to achieve the most benefit. Part of this basic principle applies to the delivery of power. For example, in a climbing stance, if your feet are parallel you will drive energy forward. But, turn your rear foot outward and some of that energy will vector (or leak) out to the side. The other part of the principle applies to the practical application of the movement(s). If you are skipping forward, for example, and your feet are more in a kimasae stance, you will likely find yourself having difficulty moving into a different direction. A back-stance is more appropriate for those movements. Your hands are important too. If you execute a high X-block and then plan to “trap” your opponent’s hand, they need to be in the right position for that to happen easily.

Use unexpected techniques - This principle is really more applicable to sparring. Everyone in karate knows how to kick and punch. To counter those techniques it is also fairly easy to dodge or deflect. Rarely, however, will you see axe kicks, or turning – jumping roundhouse kicks, feinting an attack, or a double punch high and low. These techniques are a little unusual and, because of that, will be unexpected and more likely to strike a target. When we spar the same partners, it is difficult to do something they have not already seen. Examine your forms and look for techniques that may be buried within. Try to incorporate those ideas into your sparring and see if you are not able to take more advantage of your opponents.


Class Schedule:

Classes are held every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 7 to 8 PM.  We have recently moved the advance course study (for blue belts and above) to Mondays from 6:30 to 7 PM.  Saturday classes run from 10:30 to noon.  Come check out a class and see if our family is right for you and yours!

Some important links:

Bakersfield Chayon-Ryu has partnered with the great folks at FITNESS X in order to bring you the best facility in Bakersfield for martial arts training.

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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