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24 Technique System
2nd Black Belt


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Grand Master Ed Parker knew he would not be around forever. In an effort to give longevity and structure to his new AMERICAN KENPO SYSTEM Ed Parker set minimum standards for obtaining each belt rank, Yellow Belt through 3rd Black Belt

In 1987 - Three years before his death on December 15, 1990 - Ed Parker published Volume V of INFINITE INSIGHTS INTO KENPO. In this book he set forth the minimum requirements for each belt. Those requirements would specify the exact techniques to be taught; the order in which they should be taught and the kata/s required.


Yellow belt has 10 required self defense techniques and all belts Orange through 3rd degree Black Belt have 24 self Defense techniques.

FORTUNATELY FOR THE INSTRUCTOR AND DEDICATED STUDENT = The most authoritative and detailed "written manuals" on American Kenpo Self defense Techniques are available at


24 Technique Training Manuals and Videos

as well as a Home Study

Requirements For 2nd Degree Black Belt

NOTE: The techniques for SECOND DEGREE BLACK are identical to those listed under the BLUE BELT requirements. The only difference is that the techniques in SECOND DEGREE BLACK extend beyond BLUE for purposes of introducing new concepts and principles of motion.


KATAS:   Form 6  Finger Set 2

1.        BEGGING HANDS - Front Two-Hand Grab to Wrists

2.        THRUSTING WEDGE - Front Right Step Through Punch

3.        FLASHING WINGS - Front Right Step Through Punch

4.        HUGGING PENDULUM - Front Right Thrusting Knife-Edge Kick

5.        REPEATING DEVASTATION - Full Nelson

6.        ENTANGLED WING - Front Arm Lock 

7.        DEFYING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club

8.        RAKING MACE - Front Two-Hand Lapel Grab -- Pulling In

9.        SNAKING TALON - Front Two Hand Push 

10.     SHIELD AND MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch 

11.     RETREATING PENDULUM - Front Right Thrusting Heel Kick

12.     TRIPPING ARROW - Rear Two-Hand Choke

13.      FALLEN CROSS - Rear Two-Hand Choke 

14.     RETURNING STORM - Front Inward Roundhouse And Backhand Club

15.     CROSSED TWIGS - Rear Two -Hand Grabs To Wrist

16.     TWIST OF FATE - Front Two Hand Push 

17.     FLASHING MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch

18.     GIFT OF DESTINY - Front Handshake 

19.     WINGS OF SILK - Rear Two-Arm Hammerlock 

20.     GRIPPING TALON - Front Left Direct Right Wrist Grab

21.     GATHERING CLOUDS - Front Right Step Through Punch 

22.     DESTRUCTIVE TWINS - Front Two-Hand Choke -- Pulling In 

23.     BROKEN RAM - Front Tackle 

24.     CIRCLING THE HORIZON - Front Right Step Through Punch



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