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Western Ram

Western: Moving to left front quadrant

Ram: Right hand punch


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be attacking you from the front. From a left fighting stance, he steps forward with his right foot as he delivers a right straight punch toward your face.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward towards 10:30 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance with a Left Inward Parry to the outside of the opponent’s right arm while delivering a Right Vertical Middle Knuckle Fist to your opponent's liver. Immediately chamber your right arm across your body under your left arm.

2. Transition into a Left One-Legged Stance and deliver a Right Knife-Edge Side Kick to the outside of your opponent's right knee.

3. Plant Forward towards 1:30 between your opponent's legs, while delivering a Right Downward Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's left kidney.

4. Deliver a Right Thrusting Forearm to the back of your opponent's neck.

5. 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):

Western Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Leaping Crane

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Springing Tiger

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Springing Tiger

*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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