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Raking Ram

Raking: To chamber or strike past our centerline

Ram: Right hand punch


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be in front of you in a left fighting stance. He shuffles forward as he delivers a right straight punch toward your face.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward toward 10:30 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance, as you execute a Left Inward Parry to the outside of your opponent's right arm. At the same time deliver a Right Vertical Middle Knuckle Fist to your opponent's liver. Immediately chamber your right arm across your body under your left arm.

2. Reverse the motion of your right hand and deliver a Right Outward Knife Hand to the liver ot right lower ribcage of your opponent.

3. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance as you execute a Right Pressing Check to the opponent's right hip.

4. Right Step Forward toward 1:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance, planting your right foot to the inside of your opponent's right foot, and buckling his right knee with your right knee. As you settle into your stance deliver a Right Inward Horizontal Elbow to the front of your opponent's right lower ribcage. Left Pressing Check to your opponent's right elbow.

5. Left Hand Press to your opponent's right arm moving it down and against his body. Deliver a Right Front Scoop Kick to your opponent's groin and a counterclockwise Right Two-Finger Hook to your opponent's left eye.

6. Plant Back toward 7:30 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance.

7. Perform a Left Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 7:30.

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):

Raking Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Gathering Clouds

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Parting the Waves

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Parting the Waves

*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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