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Circling Falcon

Circling: To maneuver over or on top of

Falcon: One-handed grab from the flank


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be attacking from your right rear flank. He is grabbing your right shoulder with his left hand, and pulling you toward him with his left elbow bent.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Back toward 6:00 (on the outside of your opponent's left leg) into a Right Fighting Horse Stance (facing 6:00). Circle your arms clockwise and deliver a Right Upward Ripping Claw to your opponent's face. Immediately deliver a Left Inward Claw to your opponent's face as you continue the motion of your right hand in a clockwise direction and deliver a Right Inward Downward Diagonal Hammer Fist to your opponent's left kidney.

2. Continue your right arm in a clockwise motion securing a Right Arm Bar.

3. Left Positional Check as you execute a Right Step Forward toward 1:30 into a Right Front Twist Stance as you deliver a Right Upward Forearm against the elbow joint of your opponent's left arm.

4. Left Step Forward toward 1:30 into a transitional Left Neutral Bow Stance and pivot to your right into a Right Forward Bow Stance (facing 7:30). Reverses your right hands motion into  a counterclockwise direction and deliver a Right Inverted Back Knuckle to your opponent's right mastoid. At the same time deliver a Left Heel Palm to the left side of your opponent's face.

5. Reverse your right hand’s motion and deliver a Right Outward Inverted Middle Knuckle Fist to your opponent's sternum.

6. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 12:00.

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):

Circling Falcon

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Obscure Claws

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Hidden Fist

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Hidden Fist

*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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