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Forms are skeletal structures of self defense techniques. To practice forms or kata without knowing the application of the moves would be like learning how to speak French, but not knowing what you are actually saying.

In Kenpo when a student is taught a form they are taught an application for the moves that they are learning. In knowing what each move is for the student can then place proper emphasis at the right moment.

Hidden within each form are movements which are simplistic by nature, but are designed to blind, emasculate, maim, break, tear, dislocate, sweep, throw, buckle, strike, lock, choke, strangle, block, parry, evade, etc. Often the correct moves and angles necessary for effectiveness are disguised or hidden (such as groundwork techniques practiced standing up but which are just as effective laying down) for the student to question and discover their true applications.

Motion without meaning serves no purpose. Therefore, be sure to study the applications presented within the forms.

 

 

Short Form #1


This form teaches blocking while retreating and introduces us to:

*      Plus sign (four angles of attack)

*      Point of Origin

*      Basic Stances

*      Neutral Bow

*      Step Thru

*      Cover Step

*      Cat Stance

*      Star Block

*      Rear Elbow


Clock angles are all from your original position.

*      From a meditating horse stance, step back with your left leg into a right neutral bow while doing a right inward hammering block with a left rear elbow.

*      Step thru reverse into left neutral bow while doing a left inward thrusting block with a right rear elbow.

*      Step to 1:30 with your right foot (cover step) while doing a right inward block (transitional) and unwind counter clockwise into a left neutral bow facing 9:00 while doing a left outward block with a right rear elbow.

*      As you step thru reverse into a right neutral bow, execute a left inward block (point of origin from the outward block) into a right outward block with a left rear elbow.

*      Step to 7:30 (cover step) with your right foot while doing a right inward block and unwind counter clockwise into a left neutral bow facing 3:00 while doing a left upward block with a right rear elbow.

*      As you step thru reverse into a right neutral bow, execute a left downward elbow (point of origin from the high block) into a right upward block with a left rear elbow.

*      Step to 1:30 with your left leg while doing a left inward, downward palm up block and unwind clockwise into a right neutral bow facing 6:00 while doing a right downward block with a left rear elbow.

*      As you step thru reverse into left neutral bow, do a right inward downward palm up block into a left downward block with a right rear elbow.

*      With your right foot planted, step clockwise to 9:00 with your left foot then turn your body (and right foot) to 12:00 into a meditating horse stance facing 12:00.

*      Slide your left foot up to your right foot into an attention stance.

 

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