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Grounded Bear

Grounded: Full takedown from the front

Bear: Bearhug


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be to the rear applying a bear hug with your arms free. His right leg is slightly in front of his left.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Sideways toward 3:00 into a Horse Stance and strike with both Dropping Elbows against your opponent's forearms.

2. Pivot clockwise into a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 1.30) then bend forward, squat on your opponent's right knee, and Grab your opponent's right ankle with both hands. Pull up forcing your opponent down onto his back.

3.  Have your right leg circle clockwise and deliver a Right Spinning Hooking Heel Kick to your opponent’s right kidney.

4. Plant your right foot toward 7:30 into a Right Reverse Close Kneel Stance and Twist your opponent's right ankle counterclockwise (pushing down on your opponent's toes with your left heel palm, and pulling up on his ankle with the fingers and palm of your right hand).

5. Pivot into a Right Forward Bow Stance (facing 6:00) while completing the twisting of your opponent's right ankle, forcing your opponent onto his stomach.

6. Left Step Forward toward 4:30 into a Left Close Kneel Stance.

7. Deliver a Right Front Scoop Kick  to your opponent's groin as you shift your weight onto your left leg, and you chamber your right leg high in a Left One-Legged Stance.

8. Deliver a Right Stomp to the opponent’s neck or spine.

9. 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):

Grounded Bear

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Squatting Sacrifice

*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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