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American Kenpo Forms and Sets

Forms and Sets

Long Form Three

In this Form, we first show singles and then duals. The horse is considered to be the normal stance. Long 3 is called a two-horse form, while Long 4 is a three-horse form. A principal rule in this Form is: as you go in, your hands go in, as you leave, your hands leave.

  1. Destructive Twins on the right side, but stopping at the punch, in a horse facing 10:30.
  2. Hand Isolation with the right hand: roll the hand palm up, pull back to the hip. Circle the hand up and then down with a frictional pull followed by a right punch to the hip. From the punch, roll the hand across your centerline (touch your gi), and go upwards and the downwards with a diagonal back-knuckle as the hand returns to the hip, and you step back to horse stance, facing 12:00. This is the response to two different grabs.
  3. Destructive Twins on the left side, but stopping at the punch, in a horse facing 1:30.
  4. Hand Isolation with the left hand: roll the hand palm up, pull back to the hip. Circle the hand up and then down with a frictional pull followed by a right punch to the hip. From the punch, roll the hand across your centerline (touch your gi), and go upwards and the downwards with a diagonal back-knuckle as the hand returns to the hip and you step back to horse stance, facing 12:00. This is the response to two different grabs.
  5. With the right foot, step to 9:00 into an extra-wide horse stance as you hands shoot up and then down. Do Crashing Wings on the right side, but stop at the hammerfist to the bladder, in a horse facing 10:30.
  6. Tripping Arrow on the right side.
    1. With the left foot, v-step through a transitory left cat stance into a horse facing 12:00, as you execute a left inward overhead elbow. This move matches the crossover in Long 2.
    2. With the left hand, grab his shoulder, and as you pivot into a right forward bow facing 3:00 with a right heelpalm strike to his ribs (under your left arm).
  7. Hand Isolation: Do a double punch to the groin, and roll the fists inward and then upward into uppercuts to the chin. This mirrors the first isolation in Destructive Twins.
  8. Without transition, do Crashing Wings on the left side, but stopping at the hammerfist to the bladder, in a horse facing 10:30.
  9. Tripping Arrow on the left side.

        With the right foot, v-step through a transitory right cat stance into a horse facing 12:00, as you execute a right inward overhead elbow.

        With the right hand, grab his shoulder, and as you pivot into a left forward bow facing 3:00 with a left heelpalm strike to his ribs (under your right arm).

  1. Hand Isolation: Do a double punch to the groin, and roll the fists inward and then upward into uppercuts to the chin. This mirrors the first isolation in Destructive Twins.
  2. Hand Isolation: Bring both crossed palms to your waist (right on top), and pull them back to your hips in a wipe-off motion. These actions are thumb hooks, as in (Spiraling Wrist), and match the front grab in Crossing Talon in Short 3. These moves are inserted into the Form at this point for category completion. This is the end of the first horse position in the kata.
  3. Bring your right foot to your left foot as you come to attention stance, with the hands stacked, right on top. Do Parting Wings to 12:00, stepping back with the right foot, and stopping at the right middle-knuckle strike to the solar plexus.
  4. Bring the right foot back to 12:00 in attention stance, with the hands stacked, left on top. Do Parting Wings to 12:00, stepping back with the left foot, and stopping at the left middle-knuckle strike to the solar plexus.
  5. Glancing Spear for a right grab to the left hand. This shows the same pin as in Crossing Talon in Short 3, but here we are moving away from the man. The frictional push matches the frictional pull in Destructive Twins. We are going away on a line, but in on a circle.
  6. Glancing Spear for a left grab to the right hand.
  7. With the right foot, v-step back to 3:00 into a horse facing 12:00. This establishes the second horse position for the kata. Hand Isolation: these movements assume shoulder grab(s) from the side(s). These moves are previews of Marriage of the Rams and Snakes of Wisdom.

        With the right arm, go over the top of his arm, come down, and do a back-knuckle to the face.

        With the left arm, go over the top of his arm, come down, and do a back-knuckle to the face.

        With the right arm, do wrap-around (with a claw to the face in passing), and then a back-knuckle to his stomach.

        With the left arm, do wrap-around (with a claw to the face in passing), and then a back-knuckle to the stomach.

        With both arms, go over the top of his arms, come down, and do back-knuckles to their faces.

        With both arms, do wrap-arounds (with claws to the face in passing), and then back-knuckles to their stomachs.


The next two techniques re-establish the lines between the horse stances.

  1. Crossing Talon to 9:00, for a left-hand grab. Return to the horse afterwards. This is the striking version of the technique, which matches the fulcrum version of Short 3.
  2. Crossing Talon to 3:00 for a right-hand grab. Return to the horse afterwards. We now move to the corners.
  3. Thrusting Wedge to 7:30. Return to the horse afterwards. This illustrates one-handed motion. Here, the fingers stay in place, and the elbows move out.
  4. Thrusting Wedge to 4:30. Return to the horse afterwards.
  5. Blinding Sacrifice to 10:30, stepping in with the right foot. Return to the horse afterwards. This is the two-handed version of Thrusting Wedge. Here, the elbows stay in place, and the fingers (hands) move out. We also show the two-handed version of the downward block-corkscrew punch combination from Long 2, and the double hammerfists to the temple match the single-handed vertical forearm from Long 2.
  6. Blinding Sacrifice to 1:30, stepping in with the left foot. Return to the horse afterwards. We now resume the square pattern.
  7. Wings of Silk to 9:00. Return to the horse afterwards.
  8. Wings of Silk to 3:00. Return to the horse afterwards.
  9. Scraping Hoof: Do a double rear punch as you step with the right foot into a horse. Step back to attention as you punch down to the groin with both fists and also do a rear headbutt. The right foot kicks at his right knee, then his left knee, and then stomps his left foot. As the right foot lands, shift into a left reverse bow. The left foot kicks his left knee then his right knee, and then stomps his left foot. Land in a horse facing 12:00.
  10. Repeated Devastation, for an attempted rear bearhug. Cross your left hand over your right, and step with the left foot to 12:00 into a left reverse bow as you do a high right elbow to 6:00. Bring the left foot back to attention. Cross your right hand over your left, and step with the right foot to 12:00 into a right reverse bow as you do a high left elbow to 6:00. As a transition, the right foot v-steps back to a horse stance facing 12:00, but one horse to the right of your original position.
  11. Desperate Falcons, for a frontal grab to both wrists: Step with the left foot to 12:00 into a left neutral bow as you bring your right hand under your left and then pull both hands to your right hip. As you shift into a left forward bow, do a left outward back-knuckle to the face with a right punch to his right ribcage.
  12. Desperate Falcons, for a frontal grab to both wrists: Step with the right foot to 12:00 into a right neutral bow as you bring your left hand under your right and then pull both hands to your left hip. As you shift into a right forward bow, do a right outward back-knuckle to the face with a left punch to his left ribcage. Bring the left foot up to 12:00 into a horse stance.
  13. Come to attention, do the full Kenpo salutation, and close. Note: done properly, the form ends one horse stance to the right of your original position.

 

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