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Northern Palm

Northern: Moving forward

Palm: One-handed push


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you. Your opponent delivers a cross push with their right hand to your right shoulder as they step forward with their right foot.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward toward 12:00 into a Left Transitional Neutral Bow Stance while executing a Right Outward Block to the inside of your opponent’s right arm and a Left Inward Block to the outside of your opponent’s right elbow. Continue to pivot into a Left Reverse Wide Kneel Stance (facing 12:00)

2. Left Pinning Check to your opponent’s right elbow pressing their arm to your body as you pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance and deliver a Right Heel Palm Thrust to your opponent’s left jaw. 

3. Execute a Right Inward Raking Claw across your opponent’s face (traveling from the left side to the right side of their face) ending with a Right Outward Downward Crane Hand to the back of your opponent’s neck.

4. Deliver a Right Knee to your opponent’s stomach.

5. Plant Forward toward 12:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance buckling the inside of your opponent’s right knee and delivering a Right Inward Horizontal Elbow to your opponent’s face.

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):

Northern Palm

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Glancing Salute

Tracy Kenpo Systems:


American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Spear of Jade

*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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