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Rooted Bear

Rooted: Buckling maneuver, potential takedown

Bear: Bearhug


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent be attacking from the rear. He is applying a bearhug (at waist level) with your arms free.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step toward 3:00 into a Horse Stance and deliver Dropping Elbows to your opponent's forearms.

2. Left Step into a Left Cat Stance as your left and right arms chamber to the right side of your waist (right palm up and left palm down).

3. Left Step toward 9:00 around and behind your opponent's right leg into a Left Reverse Bow Stance

4. Pivot into a Left Neutral Bow Stance toward 7:30 while striking with a Left Outward Elbow to your opponent's face.

5. Continue to pivot counterclockwise into a Left Forward Bow Stance as you deliver a Right Inward Downward Hammer Fist to your opponent's bladder.

6. Preform a Left Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 12:00.

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):

Rooted Bear

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Crashing Wings

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Circling Elbows

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Bearhug Free 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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