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Clashing Oak

Clashing: Meet force with force

Oak: Club


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you in a left fighting stance. He then steps through with his right foot as he executes a right roundhouse club attack toward your head.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Forward towards 10:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and execute a Right Knee Positional Check to the inside of your opponent's right knee. Execute a Right Inward Block to the inside of your opponent's right bicep and a Left Outward Block to the inside of your opponent's right forearm.

2. Left Hand Grab to your opponent’s right wrist and deliver a Right Inward Elbow to your opponent's face.

3. Right Hand Grab to the back of your opponent’s right elbow.

4. Right Step Back towards 4:30 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance as you execute a Right Pulling Arm Bar to your opponent’s right arm.

5. Deliver a Right Knee to your opponent’s sternum.

6. Plant Forward towards 10:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance. Circle your right arm in a counterclockwise circle and deliver a Right Inward Overhead Downward Elbow to your opponent’s upper spine.

7. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 4:30.

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):

Clashing Oak

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Defying The Storm

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Bending Reeds

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Side Handstaff

*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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