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Crushing Ram

Crushing: To grab or impact with tremendous force and intention

Ram: Right hand punch


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be in front of you in a left Fighting Stance. Your opponent steps forward with his right foot and attempts to punch you with his right hand.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Back toward 6:00 into a Left Transitional Neutral Bow Stance. As you step back, execute a Right Outward Parry to the outside of your opponent's right punch. 

2. Continue to ride the force of your opponent's punch by pivoting into a Left Reverse Bow Stance (facing 12:00). Execute a Right Hand Grab your opponent's right wrist while delivering a Left Inward Horizontal Heel Palm or a Left Lifting Forearm to your opponent's right elbow.

3. Pivot counterclockwise into a Left Forward Bow Stance (facing 12:00). Deliver a Left Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's liver or right lower ribcage.

4. Pivot clockwise into a Left Reverse Bow Stance (facing 12:00). Deliver a Left Inward Heel Palm to the back of your opponent’s right elbow throwing your opponent face down onto the ground.

5. Jump into the air toward your opponent landing in a Convex Stance (toes pointing out) on your opponent so that the heels of both feet strike to your opponent's kidneys. Immediately execute simultaneous Heel Palm strikes to the back of your opponent's mastoids.

6. Slip both of your hands along your opponent's face and under his chin. Switch into a Concave Stance as you Pull up and toward you with both of your hands using your knees to brace down and against your opponent's shoulder blades. Neck Snap twisting his head and neck counterclockwise. This is accomplished by pulling up and against your opponent's chin with your right hand and pushing down on the back of your opponent's head with your left hand.

7. Deliver a Right Inward Knife Hand to the bridge of your opponent's nose.

8. Pivot clockwise into a Right Close Kneel Stance as you drop your Left Knee onto your opponent's upper spine. Execute a Left Pressing Check to the back of your opponent's head.

9. Left Front Crossover towards 9:00 then pivot counterclockwise and deliver a Right Downward Looping Roundhouse Ball Kick to your opponent's head.

10. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 10:30.

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):

Crushing Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Leap of Death

*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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