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Southern Lightning

Southern: Moving directly backward

Lightning: Linear kick


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be in front of you. The attack is a right cross behind side kick to your groin or midsection. Your opponent’s intent is to kick through you while forcefully exerting all of his weight into his kick.

Defense Pattern

1. Point of origin: Right Interview Stance with your arms up.

2. Left Step Back followed by a Right Step Back toward 6:00 into a Left Front Twist Stance as you execute a Right Downward Diagonal Block against your opponent’s right leg. Left Positional Check to your opponent’s right shoulder.

3. Deliver a Right Front Snap Ball Kick to the inside of your opponent’s left knee.

4. Plant Forward into a Right Neutral Bow Stance as you deliver an over head Right Inward Downward Hammer Fist across the back of your opponent’s neck.

5. Left Gauging Step towards your right leg then deliver a Right Back Scoop Kick to your opponent’s groin.

6. Plant your right foot towards 3:00 into a Right Reverse Bow Stance between your opponent’s legs buckling the inside of your opponent’s right leg. Simultaneously, deliver a Right Back Elbow to your opponent’s left mastoid while employing a Left Positional Check by your right shoulder.

7. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 9:00.

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):

Southern Lightning

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Retreating Pendulum

*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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