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Rotating Guard

Rotating: A turning maneuver

Guard: Lock from the back


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts behind you. They are applying a two arm hold around each of your arms (chicken wing lock), as they pin you against their body.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Sideways toward 9:00 into a Half Horse Stance while you execute a Left Hand Grab to the groin and deliver a Left Stomp to your opponent's left instep. At the same time deliver a Right Obscure Elbow potentially striking the underside of your opponent's chin while freeing your right arm.

2. Turning counterclockwise use a Right Front Crossover toward 9:00 then continue to rotate and use a Left Cross Behind toward 9:00 ending in a Horse Stance facing 12:00. While spinning, maintain a Left Pinning Check to your opponent’s left arm.

3. Pivot counterclockwise into a Left Forward Bow Stance (facing 10:30) and deliver a Right Lifting Forearm to your opponent's left elbow joint.

4. Deliver a Right Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's left ribcage.

5. Convert your right back knuckle strike into a Right Inward Block to the outside of your opponent's left elbow concluding in a Right Arm Bar.

6. Perform a Left 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):

Rotating Guard

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Wings of Silk

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Silk Wind

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Silk Wind

*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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