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Family Relations (Kissing Cousins)

Often examples of these will consist of high-line & low-line versions or just groupings to assist in the learning process.

Dead Hand Techniques

These are the only three techniques in the American Kenpo system where the rear hand is dangling (dead). Each one covers a plane of defence.

  1. Dance of Death: covers the low-line range of targets.
  2. Thundering Hammers: covers the mid-line range of targets.
  3. Sleeper: covers the high-line range of targets.


Mace of Aggression & Triggered Salute

Triggered Salute covers the mid-line range of targets while Mace of Aggression covers the high-line range of targets.

“Hand Shakes” (pleased to meet you)

  • Gift of Destruction- Your free hand moves inward to the outside of your attacker’s arm.
  • Gift in Return – Your hands move downward.
  • Gift of Destiny – Moves inward inside your attacker’s arm.
  • Broken Gift – Moves upward. In an effort to show a family grouping, these techniques cover all areas of motion for a handshake.


Yellow Belt Techniques

  1. Delayed Sword – covers the inside of their right arm and strikes into their
  2. neck.
  3. Sword of Destruction – covers the inside of their left arm and strikes into
    their neck.
  4. Attacking Mace – covers the outside of their right arm.
  5. Alternating Maces – covers the outside of their left ann.
  6. Deflecting Hammer – goes low from left to right for a kick.
  7. Intellectual Departure – goes low from right to left for a kick.

All the major angles are covered in six of the yellow belt curriculum.

Calming the Storm, Detour from Doom & Five Swords

  • Detour from Doom is just Calming the Storm against a round kick rather than a round club. We start with the left block and right punch, set up for the next strike (palm strike in Calming the Storm and right kick in Detour from Doom.) Then the vertical punch and right back knuckle. You will notice an alteration of weapons and targets to account for a change in attacks and position. Detour from Doom features the final moves of Five Swords.


Lone Kimono & Twin Kimono

  • Essentially the same technique. Lone Kimono begins with us in the centre line and staying there. Twin Kimono has us starting in the centre line and stepping off to 4:30 to cancel their width zone and give us back the angle of incidence for depth cancellation for the hands word. We strike to the solar plexus as westepbecause we need something to fill the gap. The ending of both techniques is the same. The real reason we step off is also based on the fact it is unlikely you’ll break both of their arms; so we step off in Twin Kimono to get away from any follow – up attacks while stunning them again with the back knuckle.

Raining Claw & Alternating Maces
The same basic motion. Step back with the left foot, right inward block, left strike, and right strike. In addition, Raining Claw stays on your attacker’s inside while Alternating Maces stays on the outside of your attacker.

Triggered Salute & Gripping Talon

  • Although the attacks are completely different, Gripping Talon is Triggered Salute on the outside of the attacker’s body. In both cases we are cancelling their height using their arm, doing an inward elbow, outward elbow, and then strike to the head.


Thundering Hammers & Intercepting the Ram

  • Intercepting the Ram resembles a close range version of Thundering Hammers. In both techniques we meet the attack. We also strike to the solar plexus, the kidney and the base of the neck; in that order. Thundering Hammers execute those movements from the side with forearms and fists (longer range weapons), and Intercepting the Ram executes them from the front with knees and elbows (shorter range weapons).

Gift in Return & Brushing the Storm

  • Basically this is the same technique against different attacks. In Gift in Return we have a mid-range attack and in brushing the Storm we have a long-range attack. We thusly have a low-line defence in Gift in Return and a high-line defence in brushing the Storm. In both cases we work our way down the attacker’s body. The foot manoeuvres are also virtually identical throughout the techniques. The first hand movements are also virtually the same as well. The left hand checks while the right drives back into the attacker. Then we have the two follow-up strikes in brushing the Storm. After that, they are almost identical. Gift in Return cancels the attacker’s height by pulling through while brushing the Storm does it with a take down and a scoop kick.

Locked Wing & Obscure Claws

  • The main opposite in this technique is the first move. In Locked Wing, you do a left elbow, counter-clockwise claw, circling into a lock on their elbow; in Obscure Claws you a right outward elbow, clockwise claw circling into a lock.


Leaping Crane & Circling the Horizon (in two ways)

  1. In Leaping Crane, we strike low, middle, high. In Circling the Horizon, we strike high, middle, high.
  2. In Leaping Crane, we stay up while the attacker goes down. In Circling the Horizon, we go down to one knee while the attacker stays up. This comparison is often also given between Leaping Crane and Shield and Mace.

Intellectual Departure & Flight to Freedom

  • Contains opposite kicks. In Intellectual Departure, we spin counter-clockwise and rear kick. In Flight to Freedom, we spin clockwise and execute a front kick.


Intellectual Departure & Deceptive Panther – Almost completely opposite.

    1. Intellectual Departure: back kick, back knuckle, sidekick.
    2. Deceptive Panther: side kick, back knuckle, back kick(+some in there)
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