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Clutching Hawk

Clutching: Pin the hand

Hawk: One-handed body grab from the front


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be attacking you from the front. Your opponent steps forward with his left foot as he grabs your hair with his left-hand.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Back toward 6:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance with a Left Pinning Check to your opponent’s left hand as you thrust a Right Vertical Middle Knuckle Fist to your opponent’s left armpit.

2. Pivot into a Right Forward Bow Stance as you deliver a Left Heel Palm Thrust to your opponent’s jaw with a Right Extended Outward Block to the inside of your opponent’s left forearm.

3. Pivot into a Right Neutral Bow Stance while delivering a Right Inward Downward Hammer Fist across the left side of your opponent’s jaw.

4. 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):

Clutching Hawk

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Clutching Feathers

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Eagle's Beak

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Eagle's Beak

*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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