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Southern Palms

Southern: Moving back

Palms: Two-handed push


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent begins his attack from the front. He steps forward with his right foot as he executes a two-handed push.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Back toward 6:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance. Execute Double Hooking Downward Diagonal Crane Hand Blocks to the inside of your opponent's wrists.

2. Execute a Left Hand Grab to your opponent's right wrist.

3. Execute a Right Cat Stance and deliver a Right Front Snapping Ball Kick to your opponent's groin.

4. Plant Forward into a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 12:00)and deliver a Right Inward Downward Diagonal Hammer Fist to the left side of your opponent's face. Continuing with a figure 8 pattern and deliver a Right Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's right temple.

5. Deliver a Right Upward Elbow to your opponent's chin as you execute a Left Hand Pull to your opponents right wrist (towards your left hip).

6. Deliver a Right Downward Heel Palm Claw to your opponent’s face and eyes.

7. Left Gauging Step towards 3:00 then perform a Right 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):

Southern Palms

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Hooking Wings

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Sweeping Arm Hook

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Sweeping Arm Hook

*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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