Kenpo is based on scientific principles of motion and movement, making it very very difficult to understand and learn through words, that is why I recommend you pick up a few of the books or video tapes I recommend to you. I have now decided that I will be presenting kenpo this whole next year and I won't delve much into the other 3 arts I stated as before, for that would take many many years and I feel that kenpo is an extremely awesome and lethal martial art that can be used in any situation against anyone big or small.
Krav Maga, FIlipino martial arts, and systema are all wonderful arts also, but I don't have the knowledge of them that I do of kenpo and it would take to much time to go into their techniques and background. So here is a list of sites that you can go to if you'd like to learn more about those martial arts styles. Depending on where you live one of these other styles might be readily available compared to kenpo etc. Krav Maga www.kravmaga.com.
Filipino Martial arts and Jeet Kune Do www.fighting.net www.progressivefightingsystems.com www.demibarbito.com and Systema (spetznas and commands proclaim this to be the street fighting art of the future) www.russianmartialart.com
Now with that out of the way I'd like to continue our basic understand of kenpo and give you some insight into the basic stance and a few techniques. First I'll give you a few resources in case you'd want to get some books or videos (which I highly recommend)
www.lwkarate.com (HIGHLY RECCOMENDED)
www.infinitykenpo.com (Lee Bachman's site has some very good articles you can read to learn more about kenpo and its scientific principles, HIGHLY RECCOMENDED).
Books I recommend:
Any of the Ed Parker Series
Lee Wedlake's books which can be found at www.lwkarate.com
Any of the Lee Wedlake series www.lwkarate.com
(In my opinion this is the most informational site on kenpo that I've found yet. It has everything you will need on your way to mastering this martial art including techniques, videos, information, books etc. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED) www.scornavacco.com
Now I hope you have started your workout I recommend in my last article, because you'll need sincere focus on your road to fighting mastery. Kenpo can be one of the deadliest martial arts around, because of the fact that it allows you to use continuous movement which in turn gives you the ability to strike attackers numerous times. I've seen practitioners hit opponents 20 plus times just because we have the ability to do that with this style. Now the first thing I'll go into is the basic stance.
The Basic stance is called the Bow like what you'd called an archer's "Bow". The neutral/right/left bow stance is very effective at blocking the groin area while allowing proper bodyweight distribution giving you maximum maneuverability and positioning to strike easily. In order to execute a proper neutral bow stance( starting with the right foot as the lead) , kneel to the ground with your left knee touching behind and have your right foot forward with your right thigh parallel to the ground. Now slowly raise up while keeping both feet in that position and slowly turn your feet into a 45 degree angle to the left so the front of your right foot is parallel to the heel of your left foot while having your two feet facing a 45 degree angle to the left. Your chest and body should also be facing to the left, with your left hand in a flat position guarding your solar plexus and your right hand in front of your face.
The Basic Blocking Sequence that will help you understand the blocks in order to complete the upcoming techniques (I recommend you get a basic video in order to help explain.)
The concepts focused on in this set are those of "Point of Origin." In other words, you do not have to re-chamber to execute another block. You can instantly and quickly turn one block into another. Try to imagine a star as you do this.
This is the star blocking set, what it does is help you develop the ability to sequence blocks and perform them continuously, along with developing good technique.
1. Start from a meditative horse stance facing 12 o'clock.
2. Execute a left upward block.
3. Leaving your hand as the focal point, turn it into a left inward block.
4. From the inside, rotate at the shoulder so now it is a left extended outward block.
5. From there, circle it down until it is a left downward block.
6. From there, go into reverse motion and execute a left inward downward block.
7. Execute a left back elbow strike.
8. Execute a left push-down block.
10. Repeat on the opposite side, using the same sequence of blocks with the right arm.
These are the basic yellow belt techniques. I recommend you practice them 3 days a week for at least 30 minutes.
1. GRIP OF DEATH (flank head lock)
1. With opponent applying lock from your left side, step forward and to your left (to 10 o'clock) with your right foot (into a right close kneel) while turning your head to the left and tucking your chin against your chest. Simultaneously deliver a right hammer fist to opponent's groin and a left hammer fist to opponent's kidney.
2. As you pivot into a left forward bow facing 6 o'clock, have the fingers of your left hand press under opponent's nose or, depending upon the circumstances, have your left hand grab opponent's hair to force opponent's head back.
3. Immediately follow-up with a right heel of palm thrust to opponent's chin as you pivot into a left forward bow. However, make sure that the head of your opponent in either of the above cases is arched and forced back and down to minimize your opponent's leverage thus preventing him from executing a right knee kick to your groin area.
2. OBSCURE WING (flank left hand shoulder grab)
1. With feet together and opponent's left hand grabbing your right shoulder, step to your right (to 4 o'clock) with your right foot as you drop into a horse. Simultaneously deliver a right back elbow to opponent's solar plexus as your left hand pins and checks opponent's left hand to your right shoulder.
2. Deliver a right back hammer fist down to opponent's groin and follow-up with a right hand grab to opponent's testicles.
3. Immediately follow-up with a right snapping obscure elbow strike to opponent's chin; making sure that your right arm follows the contour of your opponent's body.
3. THRUSTING SALUTE (front straight right kick)
1. While standing naturally with feet together, step back with your right foot (to 4 o'clock) into a left neutral bow as you deliver a downward block to the inside of opponent's right kicking leg.
2. Have your left foot pivot counter clockwise, in place, as you kick forward with the ball of your right foot to opponent's groin. Simultaneously have your left hand check high (left extended outward but relaxed hand sword) for possible head shots.
3. As you plant your right foot forward toward 11 o'clock (between opponent's legs and into a right neutral bow), deliver a right torquing heel of Palm thrust to opponent's jaw while your left hand checks near your right ribcage.
4. LONE KIMONO (front left hand lapel grab)
1. Standing naturally, step back (to 6 o'clock) with your left foot when your opponents grabs your lapel with his left hand. Simultaneously pin his left hand to your chest with your left hand and deliver a right upward strike against his left elbow just above the joint thus causing the elbow to break as you pivot into a right neutral bow.
2. Then circle your right arm over and down (counter clockwise) with an inward-downward strike against opponent's left forearm. Make sure that your opponent's left arm is driven down and diagonally to your left.
3. After cocking your right hand slightly toward you with your right palm up, deliver a right outward chop to the right side of opponent's neck; stance throughout is still a right neutral bow. Cock your left hand at your solar plexus, ready to check when needed.
5. RAINING CLAW (front uppercut right punch)
1. Standing naturally with feet together, step back to 6 o clock with your left foot (into a right neutral bow) and deliver a right downward inward block to right forearm of opponent's uppercut. Your left hand is guarding high to protect your head area.
2. Immediately shoot a left overhead claw to opponent's face while your right elbow stays close to your body.
3. Have your right fist circle clockwise and execute a right uppercut thrust to opponent's face while shuffling forward with your left hand checking low.
6. CROSSING TALON (front right cross wrist grab)
1. With opponent's right hand grabbing your right wrist, counter grab his wrist as your left foot steps forward and to your right (to 2 o'clock) into a left neutral bow simultaneously striking opponent's right elbow with your left forearm in a forward thrusting motion while your right hand pulls in toward and past your right hip.
2. Continue to push and pull opponent's arm to your right forcing opponent's head down with the possibility of your opponent's head striking your left knee.
3. Immediately deliver a left side elbow strike (palm up or down depending on circumstances) to opponent's right jaw hinge followed by a left heel palm strike and five-finger rip to opponent's face.
4. Circle your left arm clockwise and strike down with your left elbow striking to upper spine of opponent.
5. Follow-up with a left downward heel palm strike to back of opponent's left mastoid. As your left hand continues to push down, simultaneously deliver a right knee kick to opponent's face, causing a sandwiching effect.
6. Replant your right foot to original position.
7. TRIGGERED SALUTE (front right hand direct push)
1. Standing naturally while opponent pushes your left shoulder with his right hand, step forward and to your left with your right foot to 11 o'clock (into a right neutral bow) to buckle on the inside of opponent's right knee. Simultaneously pin opponent's right hand with your left (against your left shoulder) and strike opponent's chin with a right forward heel palm thrust.
2. Immediately shift your right hand to 11 o'clock forming the shape of the crane (anchor elbow) and hook opponent's right arm down before cocking your right arm to your right hip and deliver a right inward horizontal elbow strike to opponent's solar plexus.
3. After following through with first elbow shot, deliver a right outward horizontal elbow strike to opponent's right floating ribs (palm down).
4. Without hesitation, follow-up with a right horizontal back knuckle strike to opponent's right floating ribs or kidney and immediately cock your right fist to your right hip.
5. Without any loss of motion execute a right uppercut up and under opponent's chin while your left hand remains pinning your opponent's right hand against your left shoulder.
8. LOCKING HORNS (front head lock)
1. With feet in line with each other and body bent forward, step forward with your right foot toward 11 o'clock and deliver a right upward vertical reverse hand sword to opponent's groin while simultaneously having your left hand check opponent's right thigh just above the knee and your chin turned in such a position so as to keep your breathing constant. (Turn your chin to the right and tuck it against your chest.)
2. Immediately follow-up with a right vertical obscure elbow strike to opponent's jaw while keeping in a low right neutral bow.
3. After snapping the elbow to opponent's jaw loop your right elbow and strike again (shuffling forward if needed) having it drive from 1 o'clock down to 7 o'clock to the left side of opponent's jaw as your left heel of palm hooks in and strikes opponent's right jaw thus causing a sandwiching effect.
9. GIFT OF DESTRUCTION (handshake)
1. With right hand shaking and while standing naturally, hop directly forward or slightly to your left to 11 o'clock, depending on circumstances, with our left foot as your right hand pulls your opponent's right hand toward and past your right hip.
2. With the above action, simultaneously strike in and against the joint of your opponent's right elbow with your left heel of palm as you deliver a right knee kick to opponent's groin or stomach.
3. As you plant your right foot forward (toward 10 o'clock) and against the inside portion of opponent's right knee, (in a right neutral bow) deliver a right inward horizontal elbow strike to left jaw of opponent while checking opponent's right arm down with your left hand.
10. THRUSTING PRONGS (front bear hug-arms pinned)
1. Step back with your right foot (to 6 o'clock) into a left modified forward bow), having only your right foot move back and not the upper body. Simultaneously thrust both of your thumbs (keeping thumbs together) up and to opponent's groin.
2. Strike opponent's groin with your right knee as your left hand circles over and on top of opponent's right shoulder (forming the shape of the crane) and pins (with the assistance of your anchored left elbow) your opponent's right shoulder down, while cocking your right hand to your right hip.
3. With knee in groin, immediately deliver a right knife-edge kick (to 2 o'clock) to the inside of opponent's left shin.
4. Scrape opponent's shin with your right foot and convert the scrape into a right stomp to opponent's left instep while simultaneously delivering a right inward horizontal elbow strike to right side of opponent's face or ribs (depending on the size of your opponent).
1. DELAYED SWORD (front- right lapel grab)
1. With your feet together step back with your left foot toward 6:00 into a right neutral bow stance, facing 12:00, while simultaneously executing a right inward block to the right inner wrist of your opponent. At the same time position your left hand at solar-plexus level as a precautionary check against further action.
2. Immediately slide your right foot back into a cat stance.
3. Without hesitation deliver a right front snap ball kick to your opponent's groin.
4. Plant your right foot (back lo its point of origin) into a right neutral bow, facing 12:00, while employing Marriage of Gravity as you strike with a right outward handsword to the right side of your opponent's neck. Immediately slide your right hand (after the strike) to the right wrist of you opponent as a precautionary check.
2. ALTERNATING MACES (front- two-handed push)
1. With your feet together, and as your opponent pushes you, step back with your left foot toward 6:00 into a right neutral bow stance, facing 12:00, while simultaneously executing a right inward block to the outside of your opponent's left arm, while your left hand cocks to your left hip.
2. Immediately collapse your right arm across the lop of both of your opponent's arms (to act as a check), as you deliver a left vertical thrust punch to your opponent's sternum or solar-plexus, while torquing into a right forward bow stance. Remember both stance change and punch must work in synchronization with each other in order to maximize the force of the punch.
3. Have your left hand (after the punch, shift palm open and down) on top of both your opponent's arms (to check) while simultaneously having your right hand rapidly travel inside of your left arm and out into a right outward back knuckle strike to the right temple of your opponent, while pivoting back into a right neutral bow stance. (The torque stemming from the stance change will greatly increase the whipping action of your right hand).
4. Immediately have your right hand snap back into a checking position.
3. SWORD OF DESTRUCTION (front- left straight or round house punch)
1. With your feet together, step back with your left foot toward 6:00 into a right neutral bow stance, facing 12:00, as you simultaneously execute a right extended outward block to the left inner wrist of your opponent's left punch. Your left hand should be in a positional check, covering your solar-plexus.
2. Immediately slide your right foot back into a cat stance.
3. Without hesitation deliver a right front snap ball kick to your opponent's groin.
4. Plant your right foot forward (to its point of origin) into a right neutral bow, facing 12:00 and while employing Marriage of Gravity execute a right inward handsword strike to the left side of your opponent's neck.
5. Immediately snap your right hand back to the left inner wrist of your opponent to act as a check.
4. DEFLECTING HAMMER (front- right front thrust kick)
1. With your feet together step back with your left foot toward 7:00 into a right neutral bow stance (to move out of the Line of Attack), while simultaneously executing a right downward diagonal block, against the outside of your opponent's right kicking leg. Your left hand checks at your solar plexus.
2. Without hesitation and while still in your right neutral bow, shuffle forward as your left hand checks inward and toward your opponent's biceps. Your right hand cocks at the right hip in preparation for an elbow strike.
3. Just as you conclude the shuffle execute a right inward horizontal elbow strike to your opponent's face, "with" a left sliding check down and onto your opponent's right elbow.
5. CAPTURED TWIGS (rear- bear hug around waist with arms pinned)
1. With your feet together and your opponent's arm around you, step off toward 9 o'clock with your left foot into a horse stance, facing 12:00, as you simultaneously pin your opponent's hands (to your body) with your left hand. Just as your weight settles into your horse stance execute a right back hammer fist strike to your opponent's groin.
2. Immediately bring your right foot into a right cat stance (turning 90 degrees while facing 3 o'clock) as your left hand releases the pin, clears your opponent's left arm and covers the front of your face as a check if needed. Simultaneous with the action of your left arm have your right hand cover your groin and proceed to clear opponent's right arm.
3. Do a right heel stomp to your opponent's right instep.
4. Slide your right foot back toward 3:00 into a horse stance, facing 12:00. Immediately have your right forearm contour up the middle of your opponent's body as you execute a right vertical obscure elbow strike to the underside of your opponent's chin. Have your right arm snap back after the strike and cover your groin.
6. THE GRASP OF DEATH (left flank right arm headlock)
1. With you bent forward and your opponent to your left applying a headlock with his right arm, initiate your action by tucking your chin to the left and against your chest, as you grab your opponent's right wrist with your right hand. All of this is done as your right foot steps forward toward 12:00 into a right close kneel stance while simultaneously grabbing your opponent's right inner thigh with your left hand and pinching the flesh of that leg with as much strength as possible. Your opponent will experience a horse-bite effect if it is done correctly. Be sure you continue checking the outside of your opponent's right leg with your left knee.
2. As your opponent reacts to your pinch and releases his grip, have your right hand bring his right arm over your head and down to your chest, making sure that your right forearm angles diagonally while acting as a check.
3. Immediately release the grip of your left hand and have your left foot step forward toward 11:00 into a left neutral bow stance as you simultaneously strike the back of your opponent's right elbow with your left forearm while pulling in and toward you with your right hand. This action should cause your opponent to step forward with his left foot prior to bending over at the waist.
4. Roll your left forearm on the back of your opponent's right elbow until your left forearm is parallel to the ground. Now slide your left hand to your opponent's right elbow. While controlling your opponent's right elbow with your left hand, pivot into a left forward bow, facing 11:00. Immediately execute a right snapping vertical punch to the base of your opponent's skull, behind his right mastoid bone.
These techniques are very deadly yet also very basic to kenpo. I hope you practice them and start to get the hang of the basics. I also recommend going to that Pcwood site I recommended and even picking up a book or video. My next article is going to go into the history of kenpo and how it evolved. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or aim me on the name classicskills.
C-Ya and good luck!!
Techniques provided courtesy of Pcwood.