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Western Horn & Ram

Western: Moving to left front quadrant 

Horn: Left hand punch

Ram: Right hand punch


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you in a left fighting stance. They shuffle forward delivering a left jab toward your face followed immediately by a right straight punch toward your head.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward toward 10:30 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance and execute a Left Inward Parry to the inside of your opponent's left arm.

2. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance as you execute a Right Outward Extended Block to the outside of your opponent's right arm.

3. Pivot clockwise as you deliver a Left Horizontal Finger Thrust to your opponent's eyes and a Right Front Snap Ball Kick to your opponent’s groin. At the same time execute a Right Hand Grab to your opponent’s right arm (sliding to the wrist) and Pull it diagonally and down past your right hip.

4. Plant Forward towards 1:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance on the inside of your opponent's right leg and deliver a Right Horizontal Inward Elbow to your opponent's sternum or head. Left Pressing Check to your opponent's right arm.

5. Execute a Right Pressing Forearm as you move your right hand in a clockwise motion from the right side of your opponent’s face to the left.

6. Left Gauging Step toward 1:30 then immediately deliver a Right Two-Finger Hook to your opponent's left eye and a Right Front Scoop Kick to your opponent's groin while you deliver a Left Heel Palm Thrust to your opponent’s sternum.

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):

Western Horn & Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Protecting Fans

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Talon and Wing

*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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