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Bracing Thunder

Bracing: To use an X-block

Thunder: Rotational kick


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be in front of you, standing in a left fighting stance. He then executes a full-power right roundhouse kick toward your torso.

Defense Pattern

1. Point of origin: Right Interview Stance with your arms up.

2. Left Gauging Step toward 3:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 9:00) as you execute a Right X-Block (right hand high) against the inside of your opponent's right kicking leg.

3. Left Gauging Step toward 10:30 then deliver a Right Knife-Edge Side Kick to the inside of your opponent's left leg.

4. Plant Forward towards 12:00 into a Right Transitional Neutral Bow Stance as you deliver a Right Downward Outward Back Knuckle to to your opponent's right mastoid.

5. Pivot clockwise into a Right Front Twist Stance and deliver a Left Downward Hammer Fist to your opponent's neck.

6. Pivot counterclockwise into a Right Transitional Neutral Bow Stance and deliver a Right Lifting Forearm to to your opponent's face as you execute a Left Pressing Check to the back of your opponent's neck.

7. Continue to pivot counterclockwise and deliver Right Thrusting Back Heel Kick to your opponent's groin or body.

8. 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):

Bracing Thunder

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Deceptive Panther

*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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