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Avoiding Hawk

Avoiding: Moving back to left rear quadrant

Hawk: One-handed body grab from the front


The Ideal attack requires that the attack is from the front. Your opponent starts from a right Fighting Stance, and proceeds to step forward with his left leg while delivering a left grab to your right shoulder.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Back toward 7:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance as you execute a Right Extended Outward Block to your opponent’s left inner forearm. Your other hand should be in a Left Positional Check covering your solar plexus.

2. Immediately slide your right foot back into a Right Cat Stance.

3. Deliver a Right Front Snap Ball Kick to your opponent’s groin.

4. Plant your right foot forward inside of your opponent’s left leg into a Right Neutral Bow Stance while executing a Right Inward Knife Hand to the left side of your opponent’s neck.

5. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 6:00.

Alternate Names

Though there are similarities between techniques named here the techniques taught in the different branches of the Kenpo family also have notable differences.

We know that each school presents information with a different style and signature that is uniquely associated with their staff and students. Always defer to the instructing staff at your school for guidance should there be any differences in the information being presented.

The American Institute of Kenpo (AIK):

Avoiding Hawk

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Sword of Destruction

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Outward Defense

*The EPAKS system is copyrighted and all rights are reserved by the Parker Family.

Training Disclaimer

The American Institute of Kenpo (AIK) strongly recommends that all training be overseen by experienced and qualified instructors. Individuals choosing to train without the recommended oversight assume full liability for any and all injuries. In addition, those individuals engaging in training without the oversight of the American Institute of Kenpo’s (AIK’s) certified instructors will be doing so with the understanding and acknowledgment that they are waving subrogation and holding harmless the American Institute of Kenpo (AIK), it's members, and affiliates.

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