Sunday, October 20, 2013

New Book - EPAKS Guide to Long Form One

EPAKS is proud to announce the release of our new book - The official EPAKS Guide to Long Form One.


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This book is a must have for any person studying, teaching, or interested in American Kenpo. It is, by far, the most comprehensive book on Long Form One ever written! It's packed with over 170 pages of information on Long Form One.

Here is an example of some of the topic covered in the book:
  •  History of Long Form One
  • Complete illustration of how to execute the form (including salutation)
  • A comprehensive analysis of Long Form One including:
    1. Basics
    2. Beginning to Intermediate overall Analysis
    3. Advanced overall Analysis
  • An in-depth discussion for improving your execution of Long Form One
  • A FAQ section - explaining things about the form from a layman's perspective
  • A comprehensive quiz section including:
    1.  Beginner to Intermediate multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank
    2. Advanced multiple choice and fill-in-the blank
  • A section on understanding Reverse and Opposite from an American Kenpo perspective
  • A section on understanding Category Completion from an American Kenpo perspective

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sword and Hammer


As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.



 
Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.
We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...
Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)



SWORD AND HAMMER

Situation: You are in a normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your arms at your side (toward 6:00V) with the opponent (at 4:30H) (facing 12:00H) executing a left stiff arm grab (toward 10:30H) to your right shoulder.

1) Raise your left hand (toward 1:30V) (toward 4:30H) and pin the opponent's left hand to your right shoulder with your left palm (pinning check) (toward 6:00V).

2) Look over your right shoulder to gauge the distance between yourself and the opponent.

3) Step back with your right foot (toward 4:30H) into a right side horse (facing 4:30H) (stabilize base) with a right outward thrusting hand-sword (major) to the opponent's throat (toward 6:00H).
Result: The opponent’s upper body should bend backward (toward 6:00H) exposing the groin area, while the hands should attempt to cover the throat, but your left pinning hand prevents their left hand from doing so.

4) Utilizing the rebound from the previous strike, circle your right arm (using the elbow as the pivot point) (counter clockwise V) toward you (toward 12:00H), downward (toward 6:00V), and then away from you (toward 6:00H), to deliver a right back hammering hammer-fist strike (major) to the opponent's groin (toward 6:00H), while settling your weight downward (toward 6:00V) (gravitational marriage) to increase the power of the hammer-fist.

5) Release your left pin (toward 12:00V) to the opponent’s left hand, maintaining it's position and your other defenses (positioned check).
Result: The opponent should bend forward (toward 12:00H) and collapse to the ground, face down (toward 6:00V), while their hands attempt to cover the groin.

6) Retract your right arm to a vertical blocking position simultaneously with the lowering of your left open hand (toward 6:00V) to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 4:30H), while also maintaining your other defenses (positioned check).

Monday, August 19, 2013

Intellectual Departure



As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.



 
Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.
We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...
Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)




INTELLECTUAL DEPARTURE

Situation:  You are in a normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your arms at your side (toward 6:00H) with the opponent (at 12:00H) (facing 6:00H) executing a right straight thrust kick (toward 6:00H) to your lower abdomen area.


1a) Step back, with your left foot (toward 6:00H), into a right reverse 45 degree cat (facing 12:00H) with a right inside downward parrying block (toward 7:30H), palm down (toward 6:00V), on the inside of the opponent's right inner shin, while simultaneously raising (toward 12:00V) your left open hand over your right shoulder (positioned check), palm forward (toward 12:00H).
Result: The opponent's kick should be diverted and begin to plant to your left (toward 7:30H) (open center line).

1b) Without any loss of momentum from the previous moves, deliver a right thrusting back kick (toward 12:00H) to the opponent's groin (major) (borrowed force).
Result: The opponent's body should be thrust back (toward 12:00H) with the upper torso beginning to bend forward (toward 4:30H), as their hands attempt to cover the groin area.


2a) Replant your right foot forward (toward 12:00H) (positioned check) as you rotate (clockwise H) (toward 12:00H) forward into a right neutral bow (stabilize base), while simultaneously raising (toward 1:30V) your right arm to a vertical blocking position (positioned check) with the lowering of your left hand (toward 6:00V) to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 12:00H).


2b) Draw your left foot to your right foot (gauge) (toward 12:00H), while immediately delivering a right thrusting side kick (aka knife edge) (toward 12:00H) to the opponent's left inner knee (minor) (drag-step).
Result: The opponent's body should be thrust further back (toward 12:00H) and begin to collapse to the ground (toward 6:00V), from the lack of support, while the upper torso continues to remain bent forward (toward 4:30H).


3) Replant your right foot forward (toward 12:00H) (stabilize base) (positioned check), into a right neutral bow, with a right outward snapping back-knuckle (toward 12:00H) to the opponent's right temple (major).
Result:The opponent should collapse to the ground backward (toward 1:30H).

4) Retract your right arm to a vertical blocking position, while maintaining your other defenses (positioned check).

Monday, August 12, 2013

Attacking Mace



As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.





Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.

We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...

Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)



ATTACKING MACE

Situation: You are in a normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your arms at your side (toward 6:00V) with the opponent (at 12:00H) (facing 6:00H) executing a right straight thrust punch (toward 6:00H), with the right leg forward (toward 6:00H), to your face.

1a) Step back, with your right foot (toward 6:00H), into a left neutral bow (stabilize base) with a left thrusting inward block to the outside of the opponent's right upper forearm (toward 1:30H) - allowing your blocking arm to slide up the outside opponent's right forearm to at least the elbow (sliding check). Simultaneously, raise your right fist to your right waist (toward 12:00V), palm up (chamber position) (toward 12:00H), in preparation for the next move (positioned cock).
Result: The opponent's punch should be met and diverted (toward 4:30H), allowing the punch to safely pass by you (close center line).

1b) Shift forward (counter clockwise H) (toward 12:00H) into a left forward bow with a right straight thrusting punch to the opponent's right ribs (major) (toward 12:00H), while maintaining the vertical blocking position of your left arm (positioned check).
Result: The opponent's forward momentum should be reversed, the body should be thrust backward (toward 12:00H), the upper body should be rotated forward (clockwise H) (toward 6:00H) (open center line), the upper torso and head should bend forward (toward 6:00H), and the arms should begin to bend to cover the right ribs.

2a) Open and rotate your right hand (clockwise V), palm up (toward 12:00V), as you retract your right arm (bending at the elbow) (toward 4:30H) along the outside and on top of the opponent's right arm (sliding check), until reaching the opponent’s wrist.  At which point, rotate your open hand (counter clockwise V), to a palm down position (toward 6:00V), and grab the opponent's right arm, at the wrist.  Simultaneously with the previous motions, drop (toward 6:00V) and open your left hand to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 12:00H).
Result: This should stop the backward momentum of the opponent's body, from the last strike, and cause the opponent's upper torso to bend even further (toward 6:00H).

2b) Utilizing your right hand grab, pull the opponent's arm backward (toward 4:30H) and down (toward 4:30V) and to your right with a right snapping modified front kick (semi-front / semi-roundhouse kick) to the opponent's groin (toward 12:00H) (minor) (borrowed force) (opposing forces).
Result: The opponent's upper torso should remain bent and the opponent should begin to collapse forward (toward 4:30H) and to your right.

3a) Replant your right foot forward (toward 12:00H) into a right neutral bow (stabilize base) (positioned check) on the inside of the opponent's right leg, as your release the grab on the opponent's right wrist and reposition it to a right vertical blocking position (positioned check).
Result:    The position of your right knee from your neutral bow should cause the opponent's right leg to bend and buckle inward (toward 1:30H), while the opponent’s upper torso remains bent (toward 4:30H).
3b) Rotate (clockwise H) into a right close kneel (toward 12:00H) with a left uppercut punch (toward 1:30V) to the opponent's right floating ribs or kidney area (major) (toward 12:00H).
Result: The opponent's body should be thrust backward (toward 12:00H) and collapse to the ground (body on the 1:30H - 7:30H line). 

4) Retract your left hand to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 12:00), while maintaining your other defenses (positioned check).

Friday, August 9, 2013

Mace of Aggression




As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.




Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.

We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...

Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)




MACE OF AGGRESSION

Situation: You are in a normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your arms at your side (toward 6:00V) with the opponent (at 12:00H) (facing 6:00H) grabbing your lapels and pulling you in (toward 12:00H) with both hands.

1) Raise and circle your left arm (clockwise V) (ending toward 3:00V) on top of both the opponent's arms, while ending with a left grab to the opponent's left wrist, trapping both the opponent's hands to your upper body with your left hand and forearm (pinning check).  Simultaneously, step forward, with your right foot (toward 11:00H), into a right neutral bow (stabilize base) (positioned check), while using the plant of your right foot to execute a front stomp to the opponent's right instep (minor) (optional).  Simultaneously with the previous moves, raise (cock) your right arm vertically (toward 12:00V) to your right shoulder, fist head high and palm forward (toward 12:00H), in preparation for the next move.
Result: The opponent should attempt to release the grab to cover the foot, but your left hand and forearm should prevent this from happening.

2) Shift (counter clockwise H) to your left into a right neutral bow (toward 12:00H) with a right hammering inward (toward 11:00), downward (toward 7:30V) diagonal raking back-knuckle (counter clockwise V) (ending at 9:00V) to the opponent's bridge of nose (major).
Note: This strike should be executed utilizing both your elbow and your shoulder as fulcrum points.
Result: The opponent's head should be thrust diagonally down (toward 7:30V) and backward (toward 11:0H) with the opponent attempting to release the grab to cover the face, but your left hand and forearm should continue to prevent this from happening.

3) Without losing any momentum from the last movement, deliver a right hammering horizontal downward forearm strike (toward 6:00V), palm facing you (toward 5:00H), to the top of the opponent's forearms (minor), as you continue to settle into your right neutral bow.
Result: The opponent's entire body should be forced down (toward 6:00V) until their head is about your shoulder level, while you continue to pin both hands with your left hand and forearm.  Also the opponent’s head should begin rebounding from the previous strike (toward 2:00H).

4) Deliver a right thrusting inward elbow strike (major), palm down (toward 6:00V), to the opponent's left jaw (toward 8:00H) (borrowed force).
Result: The opponent's head should be thrust to your left (toward 8:00H) and begin to rebound back forward (toward 2:00H) with the opponent attempting to release the grab to cover the face, but your left hand and forearm should continue to prevent this from happening.

5) Without losing the momentum from the last move, straighten your right elbow, palm facing you (toward 2:00H), traveling past your left shoulder (toward 6:00H), in preparation for the next move (positioned cock).
Note: The opponent's head should continue to rebound (toward 2:00H) and bend forward (toward 5:00H).

6) Step-drag forward (toward 11:00H) (optional) with a right thrusting outward elbow (major), palm down (toward 6:00V), to the opponent's right jaw (toward 11:00H), while simultaneously releasing the grab and pin on the opponent's arms, but maintaining it's horizontal blocking position  (positioned check) on top of the opponent's arms.
Result: The opponent's head should be thrust back and to your right (toward 11:00H) with the body thrust back (toward 12:00H) and collapsing to the ground, face up (body on the 11:00H – 5:00H line).

7) Reposition your right arm, by dropping your right elbow (toward 6:00V), to a right vertical blocking position, while also retracting your left hand to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 11:00H), and maintaining your other defenses (positioned check).

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Checking the Storm



As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.





Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.

We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...

Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)



CHECKING THE STORM

Situation: You are in a normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your arms at your side (toward 6:00V) with the opponent (at 12:00H) (facing 6:00H) executing a right overhead club attack (toward 6:00H), with the right leg forward (toward 6:00H), to your head.

1a) Step, with your right foot, to your right (toward 3:00H), while immediately drawing your left foot to your right (step-drag) (off the line of attack) (toward 3:00H) into a left 45 degree cat (facing 10:30H) (open center line). Simultaneously, bring your left arm up (toward 12:00V) to a vertical extended outward blocking position (positioned check) (toward 9:00H), while also bringing your right hand upward (toward 12:00V) to your left solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 10:30H).
Note: This move should be done so as to allow the club to safely pass by your left, front flank to "strike" the position from where you started the technique (ghost image).

1b) Immediately, execute a left snapping front kick (toward 10:30H) to the opponent's groin (minor).
Result: The opponent's lower body should be thrust back (toward 10:30H), while the upper body should begin to bend forward (toward 5:00H) and should attempt to cover the groin with the left hand.

2a) Replant the left foot into a left front twist (facing 10:30H) (gauge), while simultaneously rotating your upper body (counter clockwise H) (toward 10:30H).
Note: Allow the rotation of your upper body to carry your right arm so that it maintains its physical positioning on your solar plexus (positioned cock), while simultaneously not allowing the rotation to effect the spatial positioning of your left checking arm.

2b) Execute a right thrusting side kick (a.k.a. knife edge) to the opponent's right knee (toward 10:30H) (major).
Result: The opponent's lower body should be further thrust back (toward 10:30H) and begin to collapse backward (toward 10:30H) from the lack of support, while the upper body continues to bend forward (toward 5:00H).

3) Replant your right foot forward (toward 10:30H) (gauge) (positioned check) (stabilize base) into a right neutral bow with a right outward snapping back-knuckle to the opponent's right temple (toward 10:30H) (major), while simultaneously dropping you left hand (toward 6:00V) to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 10:30H).
Result: The opponent should collapse to the ground (toward 10:30H), face up (body on 10:30H - 4:30H line).

4) Retract your right arm to a vertical blocking position (positioned check), while maintaining your other defenses (positioned check).

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Grasp of Death (AKA The Pincher)


 
As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.




Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.

We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...

Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)



The Grasp of Death (aka The Pincher)


Situation: Start from a forward bending position (toward 12:00H) with the opponent to your left (at 9:00H) applying the right arm, flank headlock.

1) Step forward, with your right foot (toward 12:00H), into a right wide kneel (stabilize base), so your left knee is positioned on the outside of the opponent's right knee (positioned check), with a right hand grab to the opponent's right wrist, while also turning your head (clockwise V) (toward 9:00V) and tucking your chin, on the inside of the opponent's right wrist, to your left shoulder. Simultaneously with the prior moves, pinch the back-inside portion of the opponent's right knee with your left hand (minor), palm forward (toward 12:00H), using your thumb, on the outside, and four fingers, on the back of the opponent's knee.
Note: The tuck of your chin will stop the opponent from choking you.
Result: The opponent's right leg should bend forward and down at the knee (toward 4:30V), to escape the pinch, while the lock from the opponent's right arm should begin to loosen.

2a) Release the pinch with your left hand and circle your left arm (clockwise) (ending toward 6:00V) around the outer, right side of the opponent's body and ending on top of the opponent's right shoulder as you simultaneously, pull the opponent's right arm forward (toward 12:00H) and to your right (toward 3:00H) off of your head with a left downward (toward 4:30V) and forward (toward 12:00H) pressing forearm.
Note: It is essential that your right arm use the leverage created from your left forearm on the opponent's right shoulder to aid in the stripping of the opponent's right arm from your head (opposing forces).
Result: The opponent's upper right torso and head should begin to be forced to bend forward (toward 12:00H) with the right arm extending (toward 3:00H), elbow up (toward 12:00V).

2b) Slide your left arm from the opponent's shoulder to the right triceps (sliding check) with a left step through, forward (toward 12:00H), into a left neutral bow (stabilize base) as you force the opponent's upper body down (toward 6:00V) and forward (toward 12:00H) with a left pressing forearm.
Result: The opponent's upper right torso and head should be furthered force down (toward 6:00V) and forward (toward 12:00H) with the right arm hyper-extended (toward 3:00H), elbow up (toward 12:00V).

3) Slide your left arm from the opponent's elbow to the right shoulder (toward 9:00H) with your elbow (toward 7:30V) across the opponent's back and your left hand across the opponent's right shoulder (toward 1:30H) (pressing check), palm down (toward 6:00V), as you shift forward (toward 10:30H) into a left wide kneel with a right vertical hammering thrust punch to the opponent's right mastoid (major).
Result: The opponent should collapse to the ground, face down (toward 6:00V).

4) Shift back (toward 6:00H) while raising into a left neutral bow (toward 10:30V), as you also raise your left arm to a vertical blocking position (toward 12:00V). Simultaneously, release the grab on the opponent's right wrist and retract your right hand to your left solar plexus (toward 4:30H) (positioned check), palm forward (toward 10:30V), while maintaining your other defenses (positioned check).

Monday, August 5, 2013

Spreading Branches



As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.




Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.

We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...

Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)



SPREADING BRANCHES

Situation: You are in a normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your arms at your side (toward 6:00V) with the opponent (at 6:00H) (facing 12:00H) applying a rear bear hug, with your arms pinned above the elbows, to your chest area.

1) Raise your left hand (toward 1:30V) and pin (toward 6:00H) both the opponent's hands to your body with your left palm (pinning check) with a step back (toward 7:30H), with your right foot, between the opponent's legs into a left reverse bow (stabilize base) (buckle) while simultaneously delivering a right thrusting back hammering hammer-fist (toward 7:30H) to the opponent's groin (major).
Result: The opponent's lower body should be thrust backward (toward 7:30H), while the upper body should begin to bend forward (toward 1:30H).  The opponent should also attempt to release the bear hug to cover the groin, but your left hand should prevent this from happening.

2) Raise your left arm (toward 1:30V) on the inside of the opponent's left arm, clearing it from your body (positioned check).  Continue the motion of your left arm over your right shoulder hooking the left, back side of the opponent's neck, palm down (toward 6:00V), while simultaneously raising your right hand upward (toward 12:00V), palm toward you (toward 10:30H) on the inside of the opponent's right arm, clearing it from your body (positioned check).  Continue the motion of your right arm over your right shoulder hooking the back, right side of the opponent's neck, palm down (toward 6:00V).

Note: This series of movements should end with the right hand on top of the left hand, both palms down (toward 6:00V), preventing the opponent from straightening their back (pinning checks).

3) Pull the opponent forward (toward 1:30H) and down (toward 7:30V) over your right shoulder, while executing a right upward (toward 1:30V) thrusting knee kick to the opponent's nose area (major).
Result: The opponent should attempt to grab the face, but the left arm should be stopped by your back and left shoulder.

4) Without losing any momentum from the previous moves, replant your right foot forward (toward 1:30H) into a right neutral bow (stabilize base), while simultaneously circling your right arm (counter clockwise V) from under the opponent's body into a right hammering inward overhead elbow strike (major) to the opponent's upper spine area (toward 6:00V) (gravitational marriage) and releasing and shifting (toward 7:30H) the left grab to the opponent's neck to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 1:30H).
Result: The opponent should collapse to the ground (toward 6:00V) at your right flank, face down (toward 6:00V) (body on 1:30 - 7:30 line). Retract your right arm to a right vertical blocking position, while maintaining your other defenses.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Captured Twigs



As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.




Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.

We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...

Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)



CAPTURED TWIGS

Situation: You are in a normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your arms at your side (toward 6:00V) with the opponent (at 6:00H) (facing 12:00H) applying a rear bear hug, with your arms pinned above the elbows, to your chest area.

1) Raise your left hand (toward 1:30V) and pin both the opponent's hands to your body with your left palm (pinning check) (toward 6:00H).

2) Step to your left (toward 9:00H), with your left foot, into a horse (facing 12:00H) (stabilize base) with a right back hammering hammer-fist to the opponent's groin (minor) (toward 6:00H).
Result: The opponent's lower body should be thrust backward (toward 6:00H), and should attempt to release the bear hug to cover the groin, but your left hand should prevent this from happening.

3) Turn your body to your right (clockwise H) (toward 3:00H) and draw your right foot toward your left foot (toward 9:00H) into a right close 90 degree cat (facing 3:00), while raising your right hand (toward 12:00V), palm up (toward 12:00), on the inside of the opponent's right arm to clear it from your body (positioned check).  Simultaneously with the previous moves, raise your left hand (toward 12:00) to your left solar plexus, palm forward (toward 3:00H) on the inside of the opponent's left arm to clear it from your body (positioned check).

4) Execute a right front heel stomp to the opponent's left arch of foot (minor) (toward 6:00V).
Result: The opponent's upper body should bend forward (toward 12:00H) and should attempt to grab the foot.

5) Step to your right (toward 6:00H), with your right foot (gauge), into a right side horse (facing 6:00H) between the opponent's legs (positioned check) with a right snapping obscure elbow to the opponent's chin (major) (contouring) (toward 12:00V), while simultaneously shifting your left hand to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (6:00H).
Result: The opponent should be thrust up (toward 12:00V) and back (toward 6:00H) and collapse to the ground, face up (body on 12:00H - 6:00H line).

6) Reposition your right arm, by dropping your right elbow (toward 6:00V), to a right vertical blocking position, while also maintaining your other defenses (positioned check).

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Deflecting Hammer



As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.





Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.

We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...

Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)



DEFLECTING HAMMER

Situation: You are in a (passive) normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your hands raised to shoulder height, palms forward (toward 12:00H) (positioned covers) with the opponent (at 12:00H) (facing 6:00H) executing a right thrusting, step through, front (toward 6:00H) to your lower abdomen area.

1) Step back (toward 6:00H) with your left foot into a right neutral bow, while delivering a right parrying downward block to the outside of the opponent's right lower leg (toward 4:30H) (counter clockwise V) (positioned cock), while simultaneously raising (toward 12:00V) your left open hand to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 12:00H).
Result: The opponent's kick should be diverted to your right-rear flank (toward 4:30H) (close center line).

Note: Your blocking arm should continue its rotation until it reaches 3:00V (path of travel).

2) Shift forward (toward 12:00H) into a right forward bow, while rotating and extending your left open hand (clockwise V) (until you fingers point toward 3:00V) to pin the opponent's right arm, at the elbow, against their body (pressing/pinning check) with a right push-drag forward (toward 12:00H) - to close any needed distance between you and your opponent (optional).
Note: The opponent's right foot should now begin to plant (toward 4:30H).

3) Without losing any momentum from your previous moves, deliver a right inward hammering elbow to the opponent's face (toward 12:00H) (cut the circle) (borrowed force).
Result: At this point the opponent should collapse to the ground backward (on the 12:00H – 6:00H line), face up (toward 12:00V).

4) Shift backward (toward 6:00H) into a right neutral bow, and reposition your right arm, by dropping your right elbow (toward 6:00H), to a right vertical blocking position.  Simultaneously, rotate (counter clockwise V) (until your fingers point toward 12:00V) and retract your left hand to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 12:00H), while maintaining your other defenses (positioned check).

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sword of Destruction



As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.




Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.

We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...

Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)



Sword of Destruction

Situation: You are in a normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your arms at your side (toward 6:00H) with the opponent (at 12:00H) (facing 6:00H) executing a left roundhouse punch (toward 7:30H) to the right side of your face area.

1) Step back (toward 6:00H) with your left foot into a right neutral bow (toward 12:00H) (stabilize base) with a right thrusting extended outward block to the inside of the opponent's left forearm (toward 4:30H) (open center line) (positioned cock), while simultaneously raising your left hand to your right solar plexus (toward 12:00V) (positioned cover), palm forward (toward 12:00H).

2) Draw your right foot (toward 6:00H) toward your left foot into a right transitory 45 degree cat (facing 12:00H), followed immediately with a right snapping front kick to the opponent's groin (toward 12:00H) (minor), while your right arm remains in a vertical blocking position (positioned check) - maintaining contact with the opponent’s left arm.

Result: The opponent’s lower body should be thrust backward (toward 12:00H) with the upper body bending forward (counter rotational) (toward 6:00V), while the right hand attempts to cover the groin and the left hand is prevented from doing so by your left blocking arm.

3) Replant your right foot into a right neutral bow (positioned check) (toward 12:00H) with a right inward diagonal hammering hand-sword to the opponent's left back of neck (toward 10:30H) (toward 7:30V) (major).

4) Immediately, reverse the motion of your right hand back to the opponent's left forearm (positioned check), while maintaining your other positioned checks.

Result: The opponent should collapse to the ground (on the 12:00H - 6:00H line), face down (toward 6:00V).

Alternating Maces



As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.




Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.

We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...

Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)



ALTERNATING MACES

Situation: You are in a (passive) normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your hands raised to shoulder height, palms forward (toward 12:00H) (positioned covers) with the opponent (at 12:00H) (facing 6:00H) executing a direct two-hand push (toward 6:00H) toward your chest.

1) Step back (toward 6:00H) with your left foot into a right neutral bow (toward 12:00H) with a right downward horizontal forearm block (toward 6:00V), hand open (margin for error) and palm down (toward 6:00V), on top of and perpendicular to (on 3:00H – 9:00H line), the opponent's forearms.  Immediately, shift forward (toward 12:00H) into a right forward bow (toward 12:00H) with a left vertical thrust punch (minor) to the opponent's sternum (toward 12:00H) (fit).

Note: Your left vertical thrust punch must pass on top of your right blocking arm.

Result: The opponent's forward momentum should be halted and your right arm should restrict the opponent's arms from moving upward (toward 12:00V).

2) Circling (toward 1:30V) inside and on top of your left arm, execute a right snapping outward back-knuckle (toward 12:00H) to the opponent's right temple (major), while simultaneously shifting back (toward 6:00H) into a right neutral bow (counter rotational force) and opening your left hand (margin for error), dropping it diagonally downward (toward 7:30V) (bending your left arm at the elbow) on top of the opponent's arms (both – if possible) (pressing check) - replacing your right arm.

3) Return your right arm to a blocking position (positioned check), while maintaining your other positioned checks.

Note: At this point the opponent should be thrust back (toward 2:00H) and collapse to the ground (toward 6:00V).

Delayed Sword



As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.




Illustration

Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.

We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...

Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)



DELAYED SWORD

Situation: You are in a normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your arms at your side (toward 6:00V) with the opponent (at 12:00H) (facing 6:00H) applying a direct right hand grab to your left lapel (toward 6:00H).

1) Step back, with your left foot, (toward 6:00H) into a right neutral bow (facing 12:00H) (stabilize base) with a right thrusting inward vertical forearm strike (minor) to the inside of the opponent’s right forearm (toward 7:30H) (positioned cock), while simultaneously raising your left open hand to your right solar plexus (toward 12:00V) (positioned cover), palm forward (toward 12:00H).

Result: The opponent’s grab should be broken.

2) Draw your right foot (toward 6:00H) toward your left foot into a right transitory 45 degree cat (facing 12:00H), followed immediately with a right front snapping ball kick (minor) to the opponent’s groin (toward 12:00H).

Result: The opponent’s lower body should be thrust backward (toward 12:00H) with the upper body bending forward (counter rotational) (toward 6:00V), while the hands attempt to cover the groin.

3) Replant your right foot (toward 12:00H) into a right neutral bow (toward 12:00H) (positioned check) with a right outward downward-diagonal hammering hand-sword strike (major) (toward 12:00H) to the right, back of opponent’s neck (borrowed force) (toward 4:30V).

Result: The opponent should collapse down to the ground (on the 12:00H-6:00H line), face down (toward 6:00H).

4) Reverse the motion of your right hand back to a vertical blocking position, while maintaining your other defenses (positioned check).

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

About The Kenpo Yantra


What is the Kenpo Yantra?


This is the symbol we use as our logo at EPAKS, Inc. Its called the Kenpo Yantra. The Kenpo Yantra is an unusual name - so, why use this name? To understand that, one must first understand what a Yantra is and how it is used. Second, one must understand why an Indian term was chosen.

There are three things from which a Hindu studies – Mantra, Tantra, and Yantra. Most people have heard of Mantra – or phrase, which is repeated over and over to focus concentration or bring about a wanted goal. Lots of people have heard of Tantra (aka yoga) – or physical use of the body for inspiration and health. However, few have heard of Yantra – or symbol on which one should ponder to derive knowledge and enlightenment.

In other words, a Yantra is a symbol that is used for the advancement of the mind through realization. So, the Kenpo Yantra is a symbol specifically designed for the advancement and realization of knowledge in Kenpo; i.e. - it is a symbol that should be studied and pondered upon in order to advance one’s understanding of Kenpo.
From this, one can say that the Universal Pattern is a Yantra about Kenpo – and it is. The Universal Pattern is essentially a symbol to represent the study of motion from linear to circular paths and visa versa. So, how is the Kenpo Yantra any different from this? The Kenpo Yantra does not represent the study of motion; rather it represents the concepts, theories, rules, and principles of motion. From one perspective, one could say that the Kenpo Yantra is an opposite of the Universal Pattern. Where the Universal Pattern is a symbol to represent the study of motion – the Kenpo Yantra is a symbol to represent the study of the ideas that define and explain motion.

Ok, so that explains the term Yantra, but why use an Indian term – why not Chinese, Japanese, or American? An Indian term was chosen specifically because India is typically considered the origin of the martial arts. Bodhidarma (Daruma – from the Japanese) traveled to China, from India, in approximately 527 A.D., spreading the Buddhist faith. With him, he also brought a form of martial art that then also spread throughout China and the rest of Asia. So, just as the original Kenpo patch had writing and symbolism from China out of respect and recognition – the Kenpo Yantra uses the term Yantra out of respect and recognition to India.
For a more complete history of the martial arts, please consult SGM Edmund K. Parker’s Infinite Insights Into Kenpo Series – Book I.

Inside the Kenpo Yantra

 The Kenpo Yantra contains numerous figures, shapes, and symbols. It even contains every number and letter in the alphabet. However, a complete description of all the information contained within the Kenpo Yantra would require an entire book by itself. This chapter is meant to serve only as a starting place. It will highlight and expose only a few examples, and hopefully start you on the path to exploring the Kenpo Yantra on your own.
What you should find about the Kenpo Yantra is the following: the more time you spend examining the Kenpo Yantra, the more information you will be able to find within it.

These are just a small sample of some of the concepts, principles, and figures that can be found within the Kenpo Yantra:


Some of the Figures Contained in the Yantra

 Some of the American Kenpo Theories Contained in the Yantra

 Some of the Symbols contained in the Yantra

What Qualifies a Symbol as a Yantra?

 In order to qualify as a yantra, the following figures must be in the symbol:
  • Contour
  • Bindu
  • Triangle
  • Star
  • Lotus
  • Circle
  • Square
 


Each of the figures required to qualify as a Yantra