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Strangling Ram

Strangling: To apply a chokehold

Ram: Right hand punch


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you in a left fighting stance. They step forward with their right foot as he delivers a right straight punch toward your face.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward toward 12:00 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance and execute a Left Inward Block to the outside of your opponent’s right arm.

2. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance and deliver a Right Ridge Hand to the left side of your opponent’s jaw as your Left Hand Checks your opponent’s right arm.

3. Right Step into a Right Transitional Cat Stance then Right Step Forward toward 1:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and apply a Forearm Choke to your opponent’s carotid arteries.

4. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance (facing 7:30) tripping your opponent and forcing them onto the ground.

5. Left Pinning Check to your opponent’s arms as you deliver a Right Dropping Knee to your opponent’s right ribs and a Right Vertical Punch to your opponent's face.

6. Left Gauging Step toward 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):

Strangling Ram

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:


Tracy Kenpo Systems:


American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):


*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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