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Southern Claw

Southern: Moving back

Claw: One-handed grab to the wrist


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you. Their right hand reaches out and grabs your left wrist.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Back toward 6:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance while circling your right hand (palm in) clockwise, under, and to the outside of your opponent's right wrist. At the same time circle your left hand (palm in) and counterclockwise toward your chest.

2. Circle your right hand counterclockwise creating a fulcrum that ends in a Wrist Lock to your opponent’s right wrist.

3. Pivot into a Left Reverse Bow Stance (facing 12:00) and Pull the opponent’s right wrist.

4. Pivot into a Left Transitional Neutral Bow Stance and deliver a Left Outward Elbow to your opponent's right lower ribcage.

5. Continue to pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance and deliver a Right Heel Palm to your opponent’s right radial nerve followed immediately by a Right Two-Finger Eye Poke to your opponent’s right eye.

6. Perform a Left 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):

Southern Claw

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Glancing Spear

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Bending the Limb

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Bow and Arrow

*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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