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Southern Oak

Southern: Moving back

Oak: Club


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you in a left fighting stance with the club in their right hand. They step forward with their right foot as they execute a right roundhouse club attack. This attack falls short of its mark and passes you. Your opponent then follows up with a right backhand club attack toward your head.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Back toward 6:00 into a Right Transitional Neutral Bow Stance then Left Step Forward toward 12:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance as you execute a Right Outward Block to the outside of your opponent's right forearm and a Left Inward Block to the outside of your opponent's right tricep.

2. Right Hand Grab to your opponent’s right wrist and execute a Left Arm Bar as you employ a Right Cross Behind toward 12:00 and pivot into a Left Neutral Bow Stance (facing 6:00).

3. Deliver a Right Front Snap Ball Kick to your opponent’s right rib cage or groin.

4. Plant Forward into a Right Neutral Bow Stance as you execute a Left Pressing Check to your opponent’s right arm as you deliver a Right Underhand Back Knuckle to your opponent’s face.

5. 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):

Southern Oak

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Returning Storm

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Dance of the Mongoose

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Dance of the Mongoose

*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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