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Resisting Bear

Resisting: To stop before fully locked

Bear: Bearhug


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be attacking from the rear. Your opponent applies a high bearhug with both of your arms pinned.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Sideways toward 9:00 into a Right Fighting Horse Stance as you execute a Left Pinning Check to your opponent’s hands. Deliver a Right Back Hammer Fist to your opponent’s groin.

2. Right Step into a Right Cat Stance (facing 3:00). Deliver a Right Heel Palm to your opponent’s groin.

3. Right Step toward 4:30 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance (facing 12:00).

4. Pivot clockwise into a Right Forward Bow Stance (facing 4:30). Deliver a Right Obscure Elbow to the underside of your opponent's jaw.

5. 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):

Resisting Bear

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Captured Twigs

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Coming Soon

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

The Cub

*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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