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Rooted Ram

Rooted: Buckling maneuver, potential takedown

Ram: Right hand punch


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent be to the front in a left Fighting Stance. He then steps through with a right straight punch toward your head.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward toward 10:30 as you execute a Left Inward Parry to the outside of your opponent's right arm. 

2. Right Step into a Right Cat Stance then Right Step Forward to 1:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance on the outside of your opponent's right leg. Deliver a Right Fitted Vertical Punch to your opponent’s right temple while your Left Hand Grab their right shoulder. 

3. Retrace the path of the vertical punch (bringing the right hand down to chamber at your waist) then deliver a Right Inward Horizontal Elbow to your opponent's right lower ribcage.

4. Execute a Right Wide Kneel Stance and deliver a Right Downward Back Knuckle to the back of  your opponent's right leg.

5. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance (facing 9:00) as you execute a Right Buckle to your opponent’s right leg. At the same time deliver a Right Web Hand to your opponent’s throat and a Left Hand Pull to your opponent's right right shoulder.

6. Left Gauging Step towards 4:30 then perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 4:30.

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):

Rooted Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Circling The Horizon

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Shaolin Warrior

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Shaolin Warrior

*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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