General Rules & Principles


GENERAL RULES

  1. Establish your Base
  2. Strike High, Check Low
  3. Front Hand Neutral Bow, Rear Hand Forward Bow
  4. Keep your Hands above your Opponent’s
  5. Always have a Bracing Angle
  6. Never Get in your Own Way
  7. Never Block and Cock as a Separate Motion
  8. Never Cross the Center without Filling the Space
  9. When You Cat, You Cock
  10. Always Cat in, but Never Away
  11. Always Crossover before a Step-Through
  12. Anchor your Elbows
  13. When Working Inside the Centerline, Cancel Opponent’s Height Zone
  14. Always Face your Work
  15. Never End on the Weak Side of the Body
  16. Never Step Down in Line
  17. Pin, Step, Pivot (Torque)
  18. With a Circle, you Can
    –Stay on the Circle
    –Reverse the Circle
    –Cut the Circle in Half
  19. Shuffle when Using an Elbow
  20. Use Elbows when too Close to Punch
  21. Shuffles go Where They are Needed
  22. Plant to Feel, Bend to Buckle
  23. When Blocking against an Arm
    –Inside – at or Below the Elbow
    –Outside – at or Above the Elbow

PRINCIPLES OF BODY MOMENTUM

  1. Torque (Width)
  2. Backup Mass (Depth)
  3. Gravitational Marriage (Height)

METHODS OF EXECUTION

  1. Hammer (High to Low)
  2. Thrust (Low to High)
  3. Whip (Snap)
  4. Slice

EIGHT CONSIDERATIONS OF COMBAT

  1. Environment
  2. Range
  3. Positions
  4. Maneuvers
  5. Targets
  6. Weapons
  7. Blocks
  8. Cover

BASICS

“Basics are the simplified moves that comprise the fundamentals of Kenpo.”
–Ed Parker