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Crushing Bear

Crushing: To grab or impact with tremendous force and intention

Bear: Bearhug


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be attacking from the rear. Your opponent applies a high bearhug with both of your arms pinned.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Sideways toward 9:00 into a Right Fighting Horse Stance as you execute a Left Pinning Check to your opponent’s hands. Deliver a Right Back Hammer Fist to your opponent’s groin.

2. Right Hand Grab to your opponent’s groin.

3. Right Step into a Right Cat Stance then immediately execute a Right Step Sideways towards 3:00 into a Right Reverse Bow Stance moving around and behind your opponent's left leg.

4. Pivot into a Right Fighting Horse Stance as you deliver a Right Obscure Elbow to your opponent's chin.

5. Continue pivoting into a Right Forward Bow Stance as you deliver a Left Heel Palm to the left floating ribs of your opponent.

6. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 10:30.

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):

Crushing Bear

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Crushing Hammer

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Rising Elbow

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Bearhug Pinned in Back

*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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