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Southern Eagles

Southern: Moving back

Eagles: Two-handed body grab from the front


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you. They grab your shirt with both of their hands and extend both of their arms in an effort to push you back.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Back toward 6:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance while you execute a Left Pinning Check on top of your opponent's arms at the wrists. Deliver a Right Upward Forearm to your opponent's elbow joints.

2. Left Step toward 4:30 into a Right Front Twist Stance as you deliver a Right Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's solar plexus.

3. Pivot into a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 10:30) as you circle your right arm counterclockwise, and execute a Right Inward Downward Forearm against your opponent's left forearm. Left Positional Check by your chest.

4. Pivot into a Right Forward Bow Stance as you deliver a Left Horizontal Finger Thrust to your opponent's eyes.

5. Pivot into a Right Neutral Bow Stance as you deliver a Right Outward Knife Hand to your opponent's throat.

6. Shuffle Forward and deliver a Right Inward Horizontal Elbow to the right side of your opponent's jaw and a Left Inward Horizontal Heel Palm to the left side of your opponent's jaw.

7. Pivot into a Right Reverse Close Kneel Stance as you deliver  a Right Back Hammer Fist to your opponent's groin.

8. Deliver a Right Thrusting Back Heel Kick to your opponent's groin.

9. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 4:30.

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):

Southern Eagles

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Twin Kimono

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Kimono Grab

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Kimono Grab

*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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