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Rotating Vine

Rotating: A turning maneuver 

Vine: Lock to the wrist


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be at your right flank (3:00). His right hand grabs the fingers of your right hand and tries to break or pressure lock them by applying upward pressure. His left arm figure four locks your right arm.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward towards 12:00 and deliver a Right Front Snap Ball Kick to the back of the opponent’s left knee. Simultaneously deliver a Left Thrusting Knife Hand (palm down) to the opponent’s right hand. 

2. Plant Forward towards 1:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and execute a Right Thrusting Outward Block to the opponent’s left shoulder or upper arm. 

3. Pivot counterclockwise into a Horse Stance and deliver a Left Back Elbow to your opponent's left kidney. 

4. Pivot clockwise into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and deliver a Right Back Elbow to the front of your opponent's left ribcage with a Left Positional Check

5. Convert your right elbow strike into a Right Thrusting Outward Block to your opponent's left elbow. 

6. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 9:00.

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 Vine

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Captured Leaves

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Finger Twist

*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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