Chopping Palms

Chopping: To use knife hand strikes


Palms: Two-handed push

Attack

The Ideal attack requires your opponent start the attack from the front. He pushes toward your chest or shoulders with both of his hands as he steps forward.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Back towards 6:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance as you execute Two Upward Forearm Strikes using them as a wedge on inside of the opponent’s arms and ending with Thrusting Claws to the opponents eyes.


2. Circle your right arm clockwise from front to back on the right side of your body as you pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance (facing 12:00) as you execute a Right Thrusting Inward Knife Hand to your opponent's left lower ribcage. Left Positional Check stays in your opponent’s face.


3. Circle your right arm clockwise from front to back on the right side of your body as you pivot into a Left Neutral Bow Stance while delivering a Left Outward Knife Hand to your opponent's throat. Right Positional Check by your right hip. 


4. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance (facing 12:00) with a Left Pressing Check down your opponent's torso. Deliver a Right Vertical Middle Knuckle Fist to your opponent's solar plexus. 


5. 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):

Chopping Palms


Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Parting Wings


Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Flashing Daggers


American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Flashing Daggers


*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.