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Kenpo Terms



Tae Kwon do - A Korean system of Karate that concentrates predominantly on kicks and linear motion.

Tailoring - Fitting moves to your body size, makeup and strength, in order to maximize your physical efforts.

Take Down Maneuvers - Moves of defense or attack that cause an opponent to fall to the ground to immobilize, restrain, control, or to further attack.

Talon - Refers to a grab attack as used in a technique.

T'ang Hand - The term used to describe some of the Korean Martial Art systems during a certain period of history in respect to China. T'ang Hand literally means the hand of China.

Tang Soo do - Another Korean system of karate that gives China the respect it deserves.

Target Areas - Vital areas on your or your opponent's body which can cause injury or damage when struck.

Te - An Okinawan term which means "hand". Their Art was originally called Okinawa-te or "hand Art" of Okinawa. This was later changed by the Japanese to karate meaning "empty hand". This change greatly angered the Okinawans who were Chinese by descent.

Technique - Pre-planned moves that can be used defensively or offensively with successful results.

Telegraphing - Body language that often works against you. These movements warn your opponent of your intended action and help to prepare him for his defense. This can also work against your opponent.

Theory of Proportional Dimension - This theory teaches you how to utilize movements which are in proportion to your body. Applying this theory helps you to literally fit the moves to your body.

Three Phase Concept - Teaches you to view self-defense techniques in three phases-ideal, what if, and formulation.

Three Points of View - The suggestion that you not only observe situations from your point of view, but from your opponent's point of view as well as a bystander's.

Thrusting - A particular method used to propel a strike. It resembles an explosive push type action.

Touch - Refers to your ability to physically feel an object; in Kenpo it means also to be able to just kiss the skin with a punch, strike, etc.

Traditional - Generally refers to those practitioners of the Martial Arts who adhere to custom or the original concepts and moves of a particular system.

Tracking - This is a specific means of contouring. It is using one body limb to act as a track for another so that the accuracy of your follow-up is guaranteed.

Transition - The stage between moves; moves within moves.

Transitional Response - Instantaneously evolving from one position to another for purposes of offense or defense.

Trapping - Any stratagem designed to catch a natural weapon to prevent it from escaping.

Tongs - Chinese syndicates or associations that are organized to accomplish specific tasks that benefit them.

Twig - Refers to the arm as used in a technique

Tournament Freestyle - Sparring that is conducted at a tournament where specific rules must be adhered to.