Essence Kenpo Basic Techniques
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2018-The following is a list of basic techniques that I will loosely categorize under colored belt ranks. However, before I do that, a couple of items to consider.
First, was it Bruce Lee who said “a punch is just a punch, a kick just a kick”? Well, yes and no, Bruce. The difference is delivery, which affects power and speed. For example, a “side kick” can be thrown standing, sliding, stepping, jumping, back foot, front foot, high, low, mid-range, etc. Lots of delivery variations. Same with hand strikes, such as an “elbow”, which can be thrown downwards, like an uppercut, or Thai style. Therefore, I won’t be covering variations here.
Second, you can find these techniques demonstrated in books, on YouTube or in DVD’s, which are minus the advantage of personal correction that you might find with an instructor. Or you can learn these in a club or school with group or private lessons.
White, Yellow, Orange Belt:
Essence Ichi: “I” Formation, top and bottom are boxing stance, knifehand block left, jab left, cross right, hook left, uppercut right, front kick, step through and switch directions, same drill other way. Middle starts left lead boxing stance, parry right, vertical left, backfist right, ridgehand left, front kick, 3 repetitions.
Essence Ni: “I” Formation, top and bottom are back stance, low block, high block (both same hand), reverse punch into front stance, scoop kick, step through and switch directions. Middle starts left lead back stance, low block, outside block (same hand), reverse punch into front stance, front kick, 3 repetitions.
Essence San: “t” Formation, multiple attackers (gaining distance). Simultaneous low parry w/ right hand and knifehand w/ left hand from horse stance (left side then right side, reversing hands). Proceed with jumping front kick to front kick, step through, reverse direction (parry/knifehand), vertical front kick into front kick into back kick. Back to horse. Parry/knifehand both directions, low side, spinning elbow, spinning backfist, parry/knifehand opposite way, stepping mid range side from horse.
Korean Blocking Drill: Back stance. Low, high, outside, inside, knifehand (same hand), reverse punch into front. From front, low high, outside, inside, knifehand (with punching hand). Step forward and repeat.
Modified Kenpo Blocking Drill: Horse stance. Low, outside, inside, high, 4 punches (or palms or half fist or vertical punches). Repeat other side.
Kenpo Jo Staff Form – Borrowed from Black Dragon Kenpo, this was a simple to learn staff form (I had zero experience with staffs) and the most useful on the DVD. I used a 4 foot staff and the basic strikes were covered.
Heavy Bag Combo: 1,2,3,5
Heavy Bag Combo: 1,2,3,6
Heavy Bag Combo: 1,2,3,3,7
Heavy Bag Combo: 1,2,1,4,8
Heavy Bag Combo: 1,1,7,1,1
Heavy Bag Combo: 1,2,2,3,3,3,5
Heavy Bag Combo: 2,1,3,7 1,1
Heavy Bag Combo: 1,2,6,8 1,1
Heavy Bag Combo: 1,1,7,1 2,3,3 1,1
Heavy Bag Combo: 7 1,1,2,3,4 7
Pins / Defensive
Pressure Points / Vitals
Behind Ear / Under Ear
Jaw / Chin
500 Squats or Lunges
Run 3 Miles, any pace
Understanding of handgun safety. Concept of using short barrel (short range) weapons for self-defense. Concept of using low capacity weapons for self-defense. Concept of using intended non-aggression as demonstrated by choice of handgun model as a lawful defense to issues that may arise after a self-defense oriented shooting. Knowledge of effective handgun rounds such as the .38 and .357.
The .38 is the lowest caliber round to be effective at stopping another person and has low recoil for weaker shooters. The .357 is the most effective handgun round for stopping another person.
Most defensive shooting situations take place within 10 – 20 feet or less.
Your opponent has 2 arms and 2 legs. Basically there are 4 quadrants or areas where you might be concerned with as far as where you might need to defend against an attack.
You will want to create (or adopt) 4 responses to each quadrant. Right hand attack, left hand attack, right leg attack, and left leg attack. Then 4 responses to multiple attackers.
Use principle strategy of block, 2-4 strikes, then distance, finish, or take to the ground for a single attacker.
For multiple attackers, use leg combos and footwork to create distance.
Develop a total of 20 “canned” responses that you feel comfortable with.