Empi (Elbow Strike) Drill

PLEASE NOTE: The empi drill sequence does not form part of the current grading syllabus. It is a training drill only!


The empi drill sequence that we practice within CFTS consist of eight empi strikes.


The strikes are named as follows:


Mae empi (front elbow strike)


Mawashi empi (roundhouse elbow strike)


Ushiro empi (rear elbow strike)


Ushiro-mawashi empi (rear roundhouse elbow strike)


Yoko empi (side elbow strike)


Yoko-age empi (upper side elbow strike)


Age empi (upper elbow strike)


Otoshi empi (downward elbow strike)


These are done in pairs, two to the front (N) , two to the rear (S), two to the right side (E) and the final two at a 45 degree angle forwards (NE).


View the empi strikes in a drill sequence:


View the bunkai application of the drill sequence: