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Descending Vine

Descending: Downward maneuver

Vine: Lock to the wrist


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you. While trying to defuse the situation and maintain distance, you place your right hand defensively on your opponent’s chest. Your opponent attempts a two-handed wrist lock.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Forward toward 12:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance. Deliver a Right Upward Elbow to your opponent’s solar plexus as you execute a Left Pressing Check to your opponent’s chest.

2. Drop to a Right Wide Kneel Stance as you deliver a Right Downward Heel Palm Claw to and through your opponent’s groin. Execute a Left Positional Check by your face.

3. Deliver a Right Ridge Hand to your opponent's groin.

4. Using a figure eight path of travel, deliver a Right Outward Back Knuckle to the inside of your opponent's left knee followed by a Right Fitted Vertical Punch to the inside of your opponent's right knee.

5. 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):

Descending Vine

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Bow of Compulsion

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Eagle Miss

*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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