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Ascending Lightning

Ascending: Upward maneuver

Lightning: Linear kick


The Ideal attack requires your opponent to be in front of you in a left fighting stance. He then steps forward with a right front kick aimed toward your head.

Defense Pattern

1. Point of origin: Right Interview Stance with your right arm down

2. Left Step Back into a Right Reverse Bow Stance (facing 12:00) as you deliver a Right Inside Downward Block (palm down) in and then up turning it into a Right Outward Parry against your opponent's right kicking leg, just below the back of his right calf, forcing your opponent's right leg to pass by the right side of your head. Left Positional Check by your solar plexus during the blocking action.

3. While your opponent's right leg is still in the air, and his back is to you, Left Gauging Step if needed then deliver a Right Rear Lifting Heel Kick with the back of your heel up and under your opponent's groin.

4. Right Gauging Step, and deliver a Left Rear Lifting Heel Kick to your opponent's face.

5. Without planting your kicking foot, 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):

Ascending Lightning

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Circle of Doom

*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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