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Tripping Bear

Tripping: Full takedown from the back

Bear: Bearhug


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent attacks you from the front. Your opponent is applying a bearhug with your arms free, but bent and positioned between you and your opponent.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Sideways toward 9:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance while you deliver a Left Outward Downward Hooking Knife Hand to your opponent’s right shoulder and collar bone area. At the same time deliver a Right Inward Heel Palm to your opponent’s left temple or jaw hinge.

2. Right Step into a Right Transitional Cat Stance or a Left One-Legged Stance then Right Step toward 3:00 into a Right Reverse Fighting Horse Stance behind your opponent while delivering a Right Buckle to the back of their right leg. As you settle execute. Left Hand Grab to your opponent’s right arm while executing a Right Pressing Check to the left side of your opponent’s head.

3. As you settle into your stance pivot counterclockwise into a Left Forward Bow Stance (facing 9:00) as you deliver a Right Heel Palm to your opponent’s left temple or jaw hinge. Left Hand Pull to your opponent’s right arm to assist in tripping and knocking them to the ground.

4. Deliver a Right Stomp to your opponent’s face.

5. 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):

Tripping Bear

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Tripping Arrow

*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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