Tripping Ram

Tripping: Full takedown from the back


Ram: Right hand punch

Attack

The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts at your right side, positioned in a left fighting stance. They step forward with their right leg and execute a right straight punch.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Sideways toward 3:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and execute a Left Inward Parry to the outside of your opponent's right wrist followed by a Right Outward Parry to the outside of your opponent's right elbow.


2. Left Step Forward toward 1:30 into a Left Transitional Neutral Bow Stance (facing 3:00) and pivot into a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 7:30 ). Right Hand Grab to the back of your opponent's right shoulder then Left Hand Grab the back of your opponent's left shoulder.


3. Right Step Back toward 12:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance then deliver a Right Knee to your opponent’s lower back.


4. Plant Back into a Left Neutral Bow Stance continuing to Pull your opponent's shoulders forcing them back and down onto your left thigh. 


5. Right Hand Grab to your opponent's chin and Left Hand Grab to the top of your opponent's head. Twist your opponent's head counterclockwise.


6. Deliver a Right Inward Downward Knife Hand to the bridge of your opponent's nose.


7. Deliver Two Downward Back Knuckles to your opponent’s left and right humerus, up near their shoulders.


8. Left Step Back toward 12:00 into a Right Closed Kneel Stance (facing 6:00 ) as you deliver a Left Downward Heel Palm Claw to your opponent's face.


9. Pivot into a Right Reverse Close Kneel Stance (facing 6:00 ) as you deliver a Right Downward Heel Palm Claw to your opponent's face.


10. Deliver a Right Heel Stomp to your opponent's right jaw hinge or collar bone.


11. 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):

Tripping Ram


Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Back Breaker


Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Eagles Claw


American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Eagles Claw


*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.