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Countering Talons

Countering: Retaliate, a series of rapid strikes

Talons: Two-handed grab to the wrist or wrists


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent be in front of you. He first grabs your right wrist with his left hand. He then steps forward with his right leg and grabs your right elbow with his right hand attempting an arm drag.

Defense Pattern

1. Deliver a Left Hammering Forearm to your opponent's right radial nerve.

2. Left Step Forward (just to the outside of the opponents right leg) into a Left Neutral Bow (facing 12:00). Your left arm continues its motion ending with a Left Vertical Punch to your opponent's chin.

3. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow (facing 12:00) with a Left Pressing Check across the top of both of your opponent’s arms as you deliver a Right Vertical Punch to your opponent’s sternum

4. Right Step Forward into a Right Transitional Cat Stance as your left hand contours up your opponent's chest and becomes a Left Thrusting Outward Knife Hand to your opponent's throat. At the same time bring your right hand to your right ribcage palm up.

5. Continue your Right Step Forward into a Right Neutral Bow Stance buckling the inside of your opponent's right knee and deliver a Right Heel Palm to your opponent's chin. Your left hand reverses its previous motion and becomes a Left Positional Check.

6. Perform a Right 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):

Countering Talons

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Darting Mace

*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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