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Dominating Palms

Dominating: To gain control of the opponent

Palms: Two-handed push


The Ideal attack requires your opponent start the attack from the front. He pushes toward your chest or shoulders with both of his hands as he steps forward. During you r block the opponent is resistant applying downward pressure to your arms.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Forward toward 12:00 (between your opponent's legs) into a Right Neutral Bow Stance while executing Two Upward Forearm Strikes using them as a wedge on the inside of your opponent’s arms and ending with Thrusting Claws to your opponent’s eyes.

2. Deliver Twin Outward Downward Slicing Knife Hands to the inside of your opponent's biceps. Conclude your downward arm motions with Twin Underhand Heel Palm Claws to your opponent’s groin.

3. Deliver Twin Hooking Back Knuckles to the back of your opponent's kidneys, attempting a spinal compression. Execute a Right Gauging Step pulling into Cat Stance.

4. Shuffle Forward into a Right Neutral Bow Stance as you deliver Twin Four Finger Eye Flicks to your opponent's eyes followed by Twin Thumb Thrusts to his eyes.

5. Deliver Twin Downward Knife Hands to your opponent's collar bones.

6. Deliver Twin Inverted Vertical Punches to your opponent's temples or mastoid.

7. Deliver Twin Inward Downward Forearms to the opponent's neck then Grab the opponent's neck in a Vice Like Grip.

8. Deliver a Right Knee to the opponent’s head

9. Plant Forward into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and deliver a Right Thrusting Forearm to the opponent’s left collarbone.

10. 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 Palms

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Blinding Sacrifice

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Darting Serpent

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Darting Serpent

*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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