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Countering Oak

Countering: Retaliate, a series of rapid strikes

Oak: Club


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent be to your front in a left Fighting Stance. He then steps forward with his right foot, as he delivers a right horizontal roundhouse club attack toward your upper body.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Forward towards 12:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance as you execute a Left Extended Outward Block to the inside of your opponent's right arm. At the same time deliver a Right Vertical Punch to your opponent's jaw. Right Knee Positional Check check to your opponent's right leg.

2. Pivot to a Right Forward Bow Stance (facing 12:00) as you execute a Left Vertical Punch to your opponent’s sternum (tracking over your right arm). At the same time execute a Right Positional Check to your opponent’s right shoulder or arm.

3. Pivot to a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 12:00) while delivering a Right Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's right lower ribs or liver. At the same time execute a Left Positional Check to your opponent’s right shoulder or arm.

4. Perform a Right 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):

Countering Oak

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Calming the Storm

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Side Handstaff

*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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