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History of Yin Yang Kumite

Yin Yang Kumite is the brainchild of Larry L. Flournoy, who in 1962 began his martial arts training with the study of American Combat Judo. In 1964 he joined the Shuto Karate Club , which he now heads, to learn Shotokan style karate. In the years since, he has also studied Ki-Aikido, Ju jutsu, and Tae Kwon Do.

While teaching ju jutsu throwing techniques to his younger karate students, Flournoy, Sensei began to employ training methodologies which eventually grew into Yin Yang Kumite. He wanted to develop a competitive format for his students that was not based upon point sparring which he feels is much too prone to judging bias and errors. He also wanted something that moved faster and was less complex than judo and not as violent as MMA.

Yin Yang Kumite fills the bill. Usually in less than four minutes two opponents have pushed, pulled and flipped each other around the octagon. In the end, the winner knows that he or she has won through his or her own skill and effort, and not because some judge has awarded questionable points.

The sport is so simple to understand and so exciting to watch that spectators expend almost as much energy as participants in each match.

More than just a sport, the practice of Yin Yang Kumite provides a valuable addition to typical martial arts training programs. It teaches the student lessons about balance, leverage and the use of strength; how they interplay and relate to actual self defense. In this sport it is not unusual to see a 90 lb girl, who knows what she's doing, defeat a 140 lb boy who thinks she's going to be a push-over. And every time that happens, the look of pride on that girl's face and the roar of the audience tells everyone that you can do anything you put your mind to. The boys also learn that lesson.

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