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Dominating Bear

Dominating: To gain control of the opponent

Bear: Bearhug


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent attacks you from the front. Your opponent is applying a bearhug with your arms pinned.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Back toward 6:00 into a Left Forward Bow Stance while you deliver a Double Thumb Thrust to your opponent’s bladder and a Head-Butt to your opponent’s face.

2. Left Hooking Check to your opponent’s right elbow as you deliver Right Heel Palm to the left side of your opponent's jaw.

3. Deliver a Right Knee to your opponent's groin followed by a Right Knife-Edge Side Kick to the inside of your opponent's left shin.

4. Plant Forward into a Right Neutral Bow Stance while frictionally pulling with a Right Outward Downward Crane Hand over the top of your opponent's right arm.

5. Deliver a Right Horizontal Inward Elbow to your opponent's jaw.

6. 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):

Dominating Bear

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Thrusting Prongs

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Knee Lift

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Bearhug Pinned In Front

*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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