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Bracing Oak

Bracing: To use an X-block

Oak: Club


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent attacks you from the front. Your opponent starts in a left Fighting Stance. They step forward with their right foot as they execute a right overhead club attack.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward toward 12:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance on the outside of your opponent’s right leg and execute a Left X-Block to your opponent's right arm.

2. Right Hand Grab and Pull to your opponent's right wrist as you execute a Left Arm Bar to your opponent's right elbow.

3. Left Step into a Left Transitional Cat Stance then Left Step Forward toward 12:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance on the inside of your opponent’s right leg.

4. Deliver a Right Knee to your opponent's head or chest.

5. Plant Back toward 6:00 then perform a Left Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 6:00.

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):

Bracing Oak

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Obstructing the Storm

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Crossing the Sun

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):


*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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