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Rotating Bear

Rotating: A turning maneuver

Bear: Bearhug


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent be to the rear. He is applying a high bearhug (arms free) with his right hand over his left.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Sideways toward 3:00 into a Horse Stance and deliver both Middle Knuckle Fists to the back of your opponent's top hand. 

2. Drop both of your elbows executing a Pinning Check to both of your opponent's arms then use both hands to Grab your opponent's right hand, making sure that your thumbs are on top, and with your fingers inside of your opponent's palm.

3. Left Step Forward toward 1:30 then pivot clockwise and Right Step Back towards 1:30 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance (facing 7:30). Twist your opponent's right wrist clockwise in a very tight circle and use both your hands to execute a Wrist Lock.

4. Deliver a Right Front Snap Ball Kick to the body of your opponent.

5. Plant Forward towards 7:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance. Execute a Left Hand Check your opponent's right elbow and deliver a Right Underhand Back Knuckle to your opponent's face or temple.

6. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 1:30.

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):

Rotating Bear

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Spiraling Twig

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Spiraling Wrist

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Bearhug Free in Back

*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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