Rotating Restraints

Rotating: A turning maneuver


Restraints: Hold from the back

Attack

The Ideal attack requires your opponent be to the rear. It is a two-handed shoulder grab. His right hand grabs your right shoulder and his left hand grabs your left shoulder.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Back toward 4:30 into a Left Rear Twist Stance then pivot counterclockwise into a Left Neutral Bow Stance (facing 6:00). Execute a Left Upward Block to the opponent’s left arm.


2.  Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance as you continue the motion of your left arm and execute a Left Vertical Outward Block at or above the outside of your opponent's left elbow. In the same motion deliver a Right Inward Horizontal Elbow to the back of your opponent's left lower ribcage.


3. Pivot clockwise into a Left Neutral Bow Stance (facing 6:00) while executing a Right Vertical Outward Block at or above the outside of your opponent's left elbow.


5. Deliver a Left Inward Horizontal Elbow to the front of your opponent's left lower ribcage.


4. Convert your left elbow strike into a Left Thrusting Outward Block at or above the outside of your opponent's left elbow.


5. Perform a Left Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 10:30.

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 Restraints


Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Twirling Wings


Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Opening Cowl


American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Opening Cowl


*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.