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Leveraged Ram

Leveraged: To use a fulcrum

Ram: Right hand punch


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be to the front in a left Fighting Stance. He steps through with his right foot as he directs a right straight punch toward your head.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Back toward 6:00 into a Left Transitional Neutral Bow Stance. As you step back, execute a Right Outward Parry to the outside of your opponent's right punch. Continue to ride the force of your opponent's punch by pivoting into a Left Reverse Close Kneel Stance (facing 12:00). 

2. While you pivot, have your Right Hand Grab your opponent's right wrist while delivering a Left Inward Horizontal Heel Palm or a Left Lifting Forearm under and to the outside of your opponent's right elbow.

3. Left Gauging Step and pivot counterclockwise into a Left Close Kneel Stance (facing 12:00) as you deliver a Left Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's liver ot right lower ribcage. At the same time deliver a Right Inward Heel Palm Claw to your opponent's face (anchor your right elbow down) and a Right Knee onto your opponent's right ankle to possibly sprain or fracture it.

4. Right Gauging Step and pivot clockwise into a Right Close Kneel Stance (toward 4:30) as you pull you right claw through your opponent’s face then deliver a Right Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's lower spine and a Left Vertical Punch to his upper spine (left hand over right). At the same time drop your Left Knee on to your opponent's right ankle to possibly sprain or fracture it.

5. Reach over your opponents right shoulder as you deliver a Left Thrusting Outward Knife Hand to the right side of your opponent's neck then Grab their face with a Left Outward Claw (anchor your left elbow down).

6. Left Step Back toward 6:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance and deliver a Right Inward Downward Hammer Fist as you Pull your opponent to the ground.

7. Pivot counterclockwise and deliver a Right Downward Looping Roundhouse Ball Kick to your opponent's face or sternum.

8. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 10:30.

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):

Leveraged Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Destructive Kneel

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Sowing the Seeds

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Retreating Storm

*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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