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Stances

Attention Stance Notes

Purpose: to help the student develop focus.

The student is expected to maintain focus directly forward. The idea is to focus so intently that they look through or past anything that gets in the way of them and their goal.

While in the attention stance the student may do 3 things:

  • Smile
  • Breathe
  • Blink

If the student breaks focus (usually by adjusting the focus of their gaze) they may be expected to do push-ups as a reminder to not break focus.

A Good Attention Stance

  • Feet are together
  • Palms of the hands are open
  • Palms are touching the sides of the legs
  • Fingers pointing at the floor
  • Back is straight
  • Shoulders are stacked above the hips
  • Gaze is directly forward
Categories
Curriculum

Single Hand Wrist Grab

A video on the single hand wrist grab – the first technique taught and some variations on it.

Categories
New Students

Uniform Patch Placement

Patch Explanations

Please note, if you look at uniforms online you will more than likely see a lot of variation. The IKKA crest however should always be placed on the left (over the heart).

Kenpo Crest

The IKKA crest, has a lot of meaning, the curved top is a roof, showing the protection the system provides, the sides – walls, are curved to deflect evil, the bottom of the crest is an axe. If the art is misused/abused, the practitioner is cut off from the association.

The Dragon represents wisdom and the spirit required to attain mastery, the Tiger represents physical energy and strength. The circle represents circular motion, the lines represent the 8 angles of attack and the 18 Hands of Lohan – the system upon which all Chinese Martial Arts go back to. The gray inside the circle is for gray matter in the brain – we’re supposed to think about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.

Universal Pattern

A memory device to help remind students of the lines and arcs that are incorporated into the ways Kenpo students move. The negative space also reminds us that things can be filled in with broad motion if necessary.

Kenpo Flame

The 3 tips of the flame stand for the 3 stages of learning – primitive, mechanical, and spontaneous. The colors represent proficiency in the art – white for beginner, brown/back for expert, and red for professorship.

The patch was originally given as a part of registration for International Karate Championships in Long Beach California. Master Martinez allows for students Brown or above to wear the patch if desired.

American Flag

American Kenpo Karate was founded in the US, and our school is in the US so we have American flags to show where we’re from.

Depending on the style of flag patch, it may have some meaning – in the military for instance the flag flows toward the back signifying that you’re moving toward danger (think about how a flag moves against the wind).

Tony Martinez Lineage

We train under Master Tony Martinez Sr. so we wear the patch to show our lineage.

Standard Patch Placements

Flag on the right shoulder, lineage on the right chest, crest on the left chest, universal pattern on the right arm. The Kenpo flame would go on the right chest, typically above the lineage patch.

Other Patches

Rocker patches displaying the students last name, place where they train may be placed above/below the crest, as well patches displaying “Kenpo” may be placed above the Universal Pattern.

There are several other patches such as the Kenpo Karate hands (shield and hammer), other affiliation patches, accomplishment patches are often displayed down either sleeve or the pant legs.

Categories
Curriculum

Black Belt

Foot ManeuversStrikes
Forearm
Kicks
Spinning Crescent
10 Kick Combination
Blocks
GrabsTechniques
Individual Techniques (15)
Forms
Personal Form / Thesis
Categories
Curriculum

Brown Belt

Stances/Foot Maneuvers
Crane Stance
Strikes
Half-fist (Leopard’s Paw)
Kicks
Tornado
Parries
Upward
GrabsTechniques
Thundering Hammers
Back Breaker
Individual Techniques (5)
Forms
Long 4
Two-Man
Categories
Curriculum

Green Belt

Stances/Foot ManeuversStrikes
Inverted Back-knuckle
Finger Whip
Straight Finger Poke
Inverted Finger Poke
Kicks
Spinning Hook
Axe
Blocks/Parries
Grabs
Double Wrist
Rear Bear-hug, Arms Pinned
Rear Bear-hug, Arms Free
Rear Two-handed Wrist
Double Arm Bar
Handshake
Techniques
Inside Crane
Outside Crane
Dance of Death, Inside
Dance of Death, Outside
Leap of Death
Forms
Long Form 3*
Finger Set (Short 4)
*Not required for students under 12
Categories
Curriculum

Blue Belt

Stances/Foot Maneuvers
Twist Stance
Inward-leaning
Outward-leaning
Strikes
Inward Elbow
Outward Elbow
Back Elbow
Upward Elbow
Overhead Inward Elbow
Obscure Elbow
Kicks
Inward Crescent
Outward Crescent
Spinning Back
Stomp
Sweep
Parries
Inward
Outward
Downward Outward
Downward Inward
Double
Grabs
Front Bear-hug, Arms Free
Front Bear-hug, Arms Pinned
Single-hand Lapel Cross
Front Tackle
Front Choke Cross
Techniques
Inside Left
Outside Left
C-Variation, Inside
C-Variation, Outside
Forms
Long Form 2*
Short Form 3
*Not required for students under 12
Categories
Curriculum

Purple Belt

Stances/Foot Maneuvers
Cat Stance
Step-drag
Drag-step (shuffle)
Front Crossover
Rear Crossover
Blocks
Kicks
Chicken
Hook
Strikes
Horizontal Finger Thrust
Overhead Claw
Ridge-hand
Grabs
Cross Wrist
Rear Choke
Rear Hair
Front Waist
Full Nelson
Techniques
Right-Left Combination
Left-Right Combination
Forms
Long Form 1*
Short Form 2
*Not required for students under 12
Categories
Curriculum

Orange Belt

Foot Maneuvers
Switch
Step-through
Step-back
Half-step
Cover
Blocks
Kicks
Back Thrust
Wheel
Strikes
Elbow Sandwich
Uppercut
Grabs
Side Shoulder
Side Waist
Headlock
Hammerlock
Techniques
Standard 5’s (right side)
Forms
Short Form 1 (both sides*)
*Not required for students under 12
Categories
Curriculum

Yellow Belt

Stances
Closed
Meditation
Horse
Neutral Bow
Forward Bow
Reverse Bow
Blocks
Rising
Inward
Outward Vertical
Outward Inverted
Outward Extended
Downward Outward
Downward Inward
Push
Kicks
Front Snap
Roundhouse
Side Thrust
Strikes
Horizontal Punch (Lock, Snap)
Vertical Punch (Lock, Snap)
Back-knuckle
Inward Knife-hand (Shuto)
Outward Knife-hand (Shuto)
Heel-palm
Hammer-fist
Grabs
Single Wrist
Front Choke
Single Hand Lapel
Double Hand Lapel Live
Double Hand Lapel Dead
Front Push
Forms
Star Block