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Grounded Hawk

Grounded: Full takedown from the front

Hawk: One-handed body grab from the front


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be to the front. He steps forward with his right foot, as he grabs your right lapel with his right hand. He is up close to you and his right arm is bent.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Forward towards 12:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance. As you step, execute a Left Pinning Check to your opponent's right hand, and deliver a Right Upward Elbow or Right Vertical Forearm to your opponent's right shoulder.

2. Pivot counterclockwise into a Left Forward Bow Stance (facing 6:00). Use a Right Pressing Forearm to force your opponent to the ground.

3. Pivot clockwise into a Left Forward Bow Stance. Have your Right Hand Counter Grab your opponent's right wrist, and twist it clockwise, applying pressure on his right wrist and shoulder. Deliver a Left Underhand Heel Palm to your opponent's right elbow concluding the motion in a Left Arm Bar forcing your opponent’s shoulder away from you.

4. Deliver a Left Knife-Edge Side Kick or a Left Stomp to the right side of your opponent's neck or head as you Pull on your opponent's arm. Plant your left foot back to 6:00 into a Left Forward Bow Stance.

5. Have your Left Hand Counter Grab your opponent's right arm and pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance as you twist the opponent's right wrist counterclockwise. To aid in applying pressure to his right wrist and shoulder, execute a Right Pressing Check to your opponent's right elbow.

6. Deliver a Right Shin Kick to the back of your opponent's head.

7. Deliver a Right Back Side Scooping Heel Kick to the opponent's right kidney or ribs.

8. Deliver a Right Downward Looping Roundhouse Ball Kick to the opponent's sternum.

9. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 1:30.

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):

Grounded Hawk

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Falling Falcon

Tracy Kenpo Systems:


American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

The Drawbridge

*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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