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24 Technique System
1st 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 1st Degree Black Belt

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


KATAS:  Staff Set  Blocking Set 2


1.        TWIRLING WINGS - Rear Two-Hand Stiff-Arm Shoulder Grab

2.        SNAPPING TWIG - front Left Hand Chest Push

3.        LEAPING CRANE - Front Right Step Through Punch 

4.        SWINGING PENDULUM - Front Right Roundhouse Kick

5.        CRUSHING HAMMERS - Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Pinned

6.        CAPTURED LEAVES - Right Flank Finger Lock

7.        EVADING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club

8.        CHARGING RAM - Front Tackle

9.        PARTING WINGS - Front Two-Hand Push

10.     THUNDERING HAMMERS - Front Right Step Through Punch

11.     SQUEEZING THE PEACH - Rear Bearhug -- arms pinned

12.     CIRCLING WING - Rear Two Hand Choke - Arms Bent

13.     CALMING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club

14.     DARTING MACE - Front Two-Hand Wrist Grab 

15.     HOOKING WINGS - Front Two-Hand Low Push

16.     SHIELD AND SWORD - Front Left Step Through Punch 

17.     GIFT IN RETURN - Front Handshake

18.     BOW OF COMPULSION - Front Wrist Lock Against Opponent's Chest

19.     OBSTRUCTING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club

20.     TWIN KIMONO - Front Two-Hand Lapel Grab - Push Out 

21.     SLEEPER - Front Right Front Step Through Straight Punch

22.     SPIRALING TWIG - Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Free 

23.     CROSS OF DESTRUCTION - Rear Two-Hand Choke

24.     FLIGHT TO FREEDOM - Rear Hammerlock