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Hammering Ram

Hammering: To strike with a hammer fist

Ram: Right hand punch


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you in a left fighting stance. He then steps forward with his right foot as he delivers a right straight punch toward your face.

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. Shuffle toward 10:30 into a Left Closed Kneel Stance and deliver a Right Inward Hammer Fist (striking on with the thumb side of the fist) to your opponent’s stomach as your Left Hand Checks your opponent’s right arm.

3. Circle your right arm clockwise and execute a Right Pressing Check to the back of your opponent's right shoulder. Pivot clockwise with a Right Gauging Step into a Right Closed Close Kneel Stance as you deliver a Left Inward Downward Hammer Fist to your opponent's left kidney.

4. Circle your left arm clockwise and execute a Left Pressing Check to the back of your opponent’s right shoulder. Pivot counterclockwise with a Left Gauging Step into a Left Closed Kneel Stance as you deliver a Right Hammering Forearm to back of your opponent's neck.

5. Left Step Back towards 6:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance as you deliver a Right Outward Back Knuckle to the opponent’s right temple followed immediately by a Right Inward Claw to your opponent’s face.

6. 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):

Hammering Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Thundering Hammers

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Thundering Hammers

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Thundering Hammers

*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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