Lesson Plan 6 - Deai

Kicking an attacker as soon as he twitches

What is the KDCombat System?

Hello and welcome, I am Simon Staples, creator of the KDCombat System. With the benefit of 35 years' Shotokan Karate experience, I have devised a way in which I believe Shotokan Karate should be trained, taught and practised in order to adapt to any environment or real life situation.

KD stands for Kihaku Dojo. Kihaku means "Spirit and Soul", a word which inspired me to name my first karate dojo. Eventually, Kihaku Dojo evolved to become KDCombat because I wanted to put the soul, spirit and fight back into Shotokan.

I decided to share my knowledge of the art in order to

  • Highlight the relevance and effectiveness of Shotokan techniques
  • Show practical applications and moves
  • Demonstrate that we can adapt and apply Shotokan to any environment, real-life situation or, maybe, against a different art.

The Strength of the KDCombat System is that it is not ruled by the belt-grading syllabus, neither is it a shortcut system. It is not governed by moves to learn or by ability - it is all about practicality and effectiveness.

Anyone who is thinking about starting, who is already training or teaching Shotokan, would be interested in the KDCombat System. Whether a beginner, club member, instructor or association head, my lessons will apply to all.

A lot of thought and preparation is put into every video in the KDCombat System and we will continue to plan, film and upload new content. I always knew I wanted to teach Shotokan in a certain way for the benefit and enhancement of my students.

The Lesson Plans are a source of information - both practical and technical as include some drills - which can be used whether you are training on your own or with a partner. They can be a source of inspiration for instructors to incorporate into their classes.

Lesson Plan 5 - Mae Geri Escape

Mae Geri is one of the most basic and effective kicks in Shotokan. In this Lesson Plan, with the aid of some drills, Simon concentrates on the preparation of the kick and shows these movements can aid your escape from a leg grab.

  • Build Confidence: From the first lesson you will acquire the skills to deal with threats outside the dojo.
  • See Full Instruction and Demonstration: Each lesson has a feel of a one-to-one session.
  • Have a Choice: Learn and train at your own pace and in your own time.
  • See the Results: With each lesson you will see your martial arts skills change from form to function.

Are you ready?

Renew your passion and enthusiasm for Shotokan Karate. Develop skills that deal with reality. Your attitude to shotokan training will change.

The Progressive Way to Train!

Your Instructor

Simon Staples
Simon Staples

Simon Staples, the creator of the KDCombat System, has been practising Shotokan Karate since 1981 and holds the rank of 6th Dan. He had the privilege of training at the Hoitsugan and Honbu dojos in Japan with the elite of the Shotokan world.

Simon had a successful competitive career, winning kumite and kata events which earned him the title of Grand Champion for several years in succession. After retiring from competition, he concentrated on his own training and refined his teaching methods.

Simon’s martial arts qualifications and experience range from successful national and international competitions, tournament refereeing and the co-founding and organising of one of the largest European tournaments – the Shobu Ippon Competition – between 2006 and 2010. He also helped produce English and world champions.

Simon continues to self-train, develop his own martial arts and teach in his KDCombat dojo.

“I’ve been training with Simon since I was 12 years old. He has been my trainer, mentor and friend for a long time now. He has taught me 99% of what I know about the karate world.

“I train with Simon every week. We do as much as we can - Karate, stand-up striking, BJJ and wrestling – to make us well-rounded martial artists.

“I feel very privileged to be asked to help with the KDCombat System to show Simon’s skill, his decades of training and dedication to Shotokan. I hope we can show everyone what we can do.”

- Josh Driver


Course Curriculum

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