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Rotating Ram

Rotating: A turning maneuver

Ram: Right hand punch


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

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward toward 12:00 (on the outside of your opponent’s leg) into a Left Transitional Neutral Bow Stance while executing a Right Outward Block to the inside of your opponent’s right arm and a Left Inward Block to the outside of your opponent’s right elbow. Continue to pivot into a Left Reverse Wide Kneel Stance (facing 12:00).

2. Right Step Forward toward 10:30 into a Right Transitional Neutral Bow Stance as you deliver a Right Thrusting Back Knuckle to your opponent's right mastoid or temple. Execute a Left Pressing Check to the back of your opponent’s right shoulder.

3. Pivot counterclockwise in to a Left Neutral Bow Stance and deliver a Left Outward Horizontal Back Knuckle to your opponent's right lower ribcage

4. Right Gauging Step towards 7:30 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance (facing 1:30). Circle your left arm counterclockwise and execute a Left Pressing Check (using the back of your hand) to your opponent's right forearm and deliver a Right Inward Hammer Fist to your opponent's lower abdomen.

5. Deliver a Right Lifting Forearm to your opponent's chin or face.

6. 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):

Rotating Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Flashing Mace

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Whirling Warrior

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

The Scimitar

*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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