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Grounded Ram

Grounded: Full takedown from the front

Ram: Right hand punch


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you in a left fighting stance. Your opponent executes a right straight punch with his left leg forward.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward toward 12:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance and execute a Left Inward Block to the outside of your opponent’s right arm.

2. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance and deliver a Right Ridge Hand to your opponent’s groin as you execute a Left Hand Check to your opponent’s right arm.

3. Right Step Forward toward 1:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 12:00) and deliver a Left Outward Palm Claw to your opponent’s face. As your left arm continues in a counterclockwise motion execute a Left Hand Grab the back of your opponent’s right knee while delivering a Right Horizontal Inward Elbow to your opponent’s lower abdomen knocking them to their back on the ground. 

4. Maintain the left grab to the opponents right leg and deliver a Right Downward Outward Back Knuckle to the inside of your opponent’s left knee and continue a figure eight path of travel ending with a Right Downward Knife Hand to your opponent’s groin as you drop into a Right Wide Kneel Stance

5. Release the leg and pivot to a Left Transitional Neutral Bow Stance then deliver a Right Shin Kick to the inside of you opponent’s right thigh. 

6. Plant to 7:30 while 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):

Grounded Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Dance of Death

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Dance of Death

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Dance of Death

*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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