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Northern Ram

Northern: Moving forward

Ram: Right hand punch


The Ideal attack requires that 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. Left Step Forward towards 12:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance while executing a Left Inward Block to the outside of your opponent’s right arm. Have your left arm continue to slid up the opponent’s right arm and end delivering a Left Outward Palm Claw to your opponent’s face.

2. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance and deliver a Right Inward Horizontal Elbow to your opponent’s liver or lower right ribcage

3. Execute a Right Outward Elbow to your opponent’s right kidney as you anchor your left arm and Pull your opponents head back and down.

4. Pivot clockwise into a Right Wide Kneel Stance as you deliver a Right Outward Hooking Knife Hand to the back of your opponent’s neck followed immediately by a Left Inward Knife Hand to the back of your opponent’s neck.

5. Pivot counterclockwise into a Left Wide Kneel Stance as your left hand slides down and past your opponent’s right shoulder ending in a Left Pinning Check to his right arm. Deliver a Right Upward Thrusting Heel Palm (palm up and fingers pointing to the right) to your opponent’s philtrum or throat.

6. Perform a Left Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 4:30.

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):

Northern Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Flashing Wings

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Flashing Wings

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Flashing Wings

*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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