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Circling Horn & Ram

Circling: To maneuver over or on top of

Horn: Left hand punch Ram: Right hand punch


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you in a left fighting stance. He jabs with his left hand toward your face, and follows with a right step through straight punch toward your face.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Back towards 6:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and execute a Right Inward Downward Parry to the outside of your opponent's left arm.

2. Right Step into a Right Cat Stance and execute a Left Inward Downward Parry to the outside of your opponent's right arm.

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

4. Plant Forward towards 12:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and deliver a Right Uppercut Punch to your opponent's face as you execute a Left Positional Forearm Check under your right arm.

5. Left Front Crossover towards 12:00 into a Left Front Twist Stance as you execute a Right Positional Forearm Check down your opponents chest and deliver a Left Vertical Punch to your opponent's sternum.

6. Deliver a Right Knee to the inside of your opponent's right thigh.

7. Plant Forward into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and deliver a Right Lifting Forearm under your opponent's chin. Left Positional Check by your right rib cage.

8. Execute a Right Front Crossover followed by a Left Step towards 6:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance.

9. Execute a Left Cross Behind towards 12:00 followed by a Right Thrusting Back Heel Kick to your opponent's body.

10. 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):

Circling Horn & Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Circling Fans

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Whirling Leaves

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Three Winds Fist

*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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