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Northern Horn

Northern: Moving directly forward

Horn: Left hand punch


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be in front of you. Starting from a right fighting stance, your opponent steps forward as he executes a left straight punch toward your face.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Forward toward 12:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and execute a Right Inward Parry to the outside of your opponent's left punch followed by a Left Outward Parry to the outside of your opponent's left punch.

2. Continuing to circle your right arm counterclockwise and deliver a Right Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's left lower ribcage.

3. Left Gauging Step toward 3:00 into a Right Front Twist Stance (facing 9:00) as you execute a Left Inward Heel Palm to the left side of your opponent's face. Right Positional Check to your opponent’s left kidney.

4. Pivot into a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 9:00) as you deliver a Right Thrusting Outward Knife Hand to the left side of your opponent's neck then Grab their face with a Right Outward Claw.

5. Left Gauging Step toward 9:00 then immediately deliver a Right Front Scoop Kick to your opponent's groin (from behind). Left Heel Palm Thrust toward your opponent's left shoulder with a Right Ripping Claw to your opponent’s face.

6. Plant Back toward 3:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance.

7. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance (facing 9:00) as you deliver a Right Vertical Punch to the opponent's kidney or spine.

8. Perform a Left Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 3:00.

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):

Northern Horn

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Circling Destruction

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Reversing Cyclone

*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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