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Ascending Talons

Ascending: Upward maneuver

Talons: Two-handed grab to the wrist or wrists


The Ideal attack requires your opponent to be attacking you from the front. Your opponent grabs your left wrist with his right hand, and your right wrist with his left hand. The grabs are to both of your wrists with your opponent’s palms facing down.

Defense Pattern

1. Chamber Both Hands by lifting them on the inside the opponents arms, so that they circle over, and on top of, your opponent’s wrists (with your palms up).

2. Left Step Back into a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 12:00) then pull your right leg into a Right Cat Stance. Continue circling motion of your arms and execute Two Outward Hooking Parries (with your palms up) with the intend of pulling your wrists free. 

3. Deliver a Right Front Snap Ball Kick to your opponent’s groin. 

4. Plant forward into a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 12:00) then deliver a Left Front Snap Ball Kick to your opponent’s chin or chest. 

5. While planting your foot, Shuffle Forward into a Left Wide Kneel Stance (facing 12:00) and deliver Two Torquing Heel Palm Thrusts under your opponent’s ribcage. 

6. Perform a Left 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):

Ascending Talons

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Begging Hands

Tracy Kenpo Systems:


American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

The Anvil

*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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