American Kenpo Karate training

Kenpo Training - Forms

There are four primary forms within Kenpo training: Short Form 1, Long Form 1, Short Form 2, and Long Form 2. Each of them are designed to illustrate the rules and principles of motion. They are carefully configured to enable students to learn that every action has an opposite and a reverse (similar to the Yin and Yang of Asian Martial Arts). These are considered to be "Dictionary" forms, because like a dictionary, they provide brief definitions of basic movements.

Kenpo Short Form 1

Kenpo Long Form 1

Kenpo Short Form 2

Kenpo Long Form 2

 

The intermediate forms are Short form 3, and Long form 3. These are considered to be "Encyclopedia" forms, because they provide a more in-depth understanding of the basic movements and their application.

Kenpo Short Form 3

Kenpo Long Form 3

The Kenpo training advanced forms are Forms 4, 5, 6, 8 & 8. These are also considered to be "Encyclopedia" forms, in that they provide Kenpo students an opportunity to do an in-depth study of our most sophisticated movements and their underling principles.

Kenpo Form 4

Kenpo Form 5

Kenpo Form 6

Kenpo Form 7

Kenpo Form 8

 

The long forms are extensions to the short forms and include hand isolations which are essentially previews of more advanced forms later in the American Kenpo Karate training syllabus.

The most notable pattern included within the basic forms can be seen in the blocks: inward - outward - upward - downward. In the higher forms, the difference seen is in what is added at each additional level. How the blocks are executed are also similar. In Short Form 1 and Long Form 1, the forms step back with the blocks. In Short Form 2 and Long Form 2, the blocks are executed by stepping in. The key difference between the forms is seen in how we get to our first downward block. In Short Form 1, we move away, and in Long Form 1, we move into it. In Short Form 2, we once again move into it, and in Long Form 2, we move away from it. Within all four of the primary forms, upward blocks are always used to simulate a defense from an attack from behind and the primary pattern seen in all of four forms is the in - out - up - down motion. It can be found in every American Kenpo Karate training form, the more advanced forms simply build upon this motion.

 

American Kenpo Training - Sets

Blocking Set 1 (Star Block Set)

Kicking Set 1

Stance Set 1

Striking Set 1

Coordination Set 1

Finger Set 1

Coordination Set 2

Blocking Set 2

Striking Set 2

Stance Set 2

Kicking Set 2

Club Set 1

Staff Set

Two Man Set

Finger Set 2


Book Set

Mass Attack

Lock Flows

Tiger / Crane Set

Tam-Tui 1-12

Thank you to Kenpo Texas and Kenpo Zone for the textual instructions of each American Kenpo form and set listed.

 

Kenpo Training - Techniques

Within Kenpo training, there are a range of techniques required for each belt level, according to Ed Parkers syllabus.

Yellow belt --

  • Delayed Sword 
  • Alternating Maces 
  • Sword of Destruction 
  • Deflecting Hammer 
  • Captured Twigs 
  • Grasp of Death
  • Checking the Storm
  • Mace of Aggression
  • Attacking Mace
  • Sword and Hammer
  • Intellectual Departure

Orange Belt--

  • Clutching Feathers 
  • Triggered Salute 
  • Dance of Death 
  • Thrusting Salute 
  • Gift of Destruction 
  • Locking Horns 
  • Evading the Storm 
  • Lone Kimono 
  • Glancing Salute
  • Five Swords
  • Scraping Hoof
  • Grip of Death
  • Repeating Mace
  • Shielding Hammer
  • Striking Serpent's Head
  • Crashing Wings

Purple Belt--

  • Twirling Wings 
  • Snapping Twig 
  • Leaping Crane 
  • Buckling Branch
  • Crushing Hammer
  • Captured Leaves 
  • Calming the Storm 
  • Crossing Talon 
  • Reversing Mace
  • Thrusting Prongs
  • Locked Wing
  • Obscure Wing
  • Raining Claw
  • Spiraling Twig
  • Twisted Twig
  • Obscure Sword
  • Spreading Branch

Blue Belt--

  • Twin Kimono 
  • Parting Wings
  • Thundering Hammers
  • Swinging Pendulum
  • Squeezing the Peach
  • Circling Wing 
  • Obstructing the Storm
  • Darting Mace 
  • Hooking Wings 
  • Shield and Sword 
  • Gift in Return 
  • Bow of Compulsion 
  • Charging Ram 
  • Sleeper 
  • Cross of Destruction 
  • Flight to Freedom

Green Belt--

  • Begging Hands 
  • Thrusting Wedge 
  • Flashing Wings 
  • Hugging Pendulum 
  • Repeated Devestation 
  • Destructive Twins 
  • Defying the Storm 
  • Crossed Twigs 
  • Snaking Talon 
  • Shield and Mace
  • Retreating Pendulum 
  • Tripping Arrow 
  • Wings of Silk 
  • Conquering Shield
  • Entangled Wing 
  • Raking Mace

3rd Class Brown Belt--

  • Dominating Circles 
  • Twist of Fate
  • Flashing Mace 
  • Detour From Doom
  • Gift of Destiny
  • Blinding Sacrifice
  • Returning Storm
  • Glancing Spear
  • Encounter with Danger
  • Gathering Clouds
  • Circle of Doom
  • Squatting Sacrifice
  • Fallen Cross
  • Brushing the Storm
  • Desperate Falcons 
  • Circling the Horizon 
  • Gripping Talon
  • Broken Ram
  • Circling Destruction 
  • Obscure Claws

2nd Class Brown Belt--

  • Menacing Twirl
  • Leap From Danger
  • Circles of Protection
  • Rotating Destruction
  • Broken Gift 
  • Escape From Death 
  • Capturing the Storm 
  • Intercepting the Ram 
  • Back Breaker 
  • Deceptive Panther
  • Twirling Sacrifice
  • Heavenly Ascent 
  • Securing the Storm 
  • Falling Falcon
  • Taming the Mace
  • Defensive Cross 
  • Cross of Death 
  • Kneel of Compulsion 
  • Bowing to Buddha
  • Glancing Wing

1st Class Brown Belt--

  • Fatal Cross
  • Thrust Into Darkness
  • Circling Fans 
  • Dance of Darkness
  • Falcons of Force 
  • Bear and the Ram
  • Clipping the Storm
  • Circling Windmills 
  • Leap of Death
  • Protecting Fans
  • Reversing Circles 
  • Courting the Tiger
  • Gathering of the Snakes 
  • Raining Lance
  • Destructive Fans 
  • Unfurling Crane
  • Unwinding Pendulum
  • Grasping Eagles 
  • Parting of the Snakes 
  • Glancing Lance

1st Degree Black Belt--

  • Destructive Kneel
  • Entwined Maces
  • Marriage of the Rams
  • Ram and the Eagle
  • Escape From the Storm
  • Thrusting Lance
  • Capturing the Rod 
  • Prance of the Tiger
  • Fatal Deviation
  • Snakes of Wisdom
  • Reprimanding the Bears
  • Circling the Storm
  • Entwined Lance
  • Broken Rod 
  • Twirling Hammers 
  • Piercing Lance 
  • Unfolding the Dark
  • Defying the Rod
  • Escape From Darkness
  • Twisted Rod

2nd Degree Black Belt--

  • Clutching Feathers 
  • Triggered Salute 
  • Dance of Death 
  • Thrusting Salute 
  • Gift of Destruction 
  • Locking Horns 
  • Lone Kimono 
  • Glancing Salute 
  • Five Swords 
  • Buckling Branch 
  • Scraping Hoof 
  • Grip of Death 
  • Crossing Talon
  • Repeating Mace
  • Shielding Hammer
  • Striking Serpent's Head
  • Locked Wing
  • Obscure Wing
  • Reversing Mace
  • Thrusting Prongs
  • Twisted Twig
  • Obscure Sword
  • Raining Claw
  • Crashing Wings

3rd Degree Black Belt--

  • Twirling Wings
  • Snapping Twig
  • Leaping Crane
  • Swinging Pendulum
  • Crushing Hammer
  • Captured Leaves
  • Evading the Storm
  • Charging Ram
  • Parting Wings
  • Thundering Hammers 
  • Squeezing the Peach
  • Circling Wing 
  • Calming the Storm 
  • Darting Mace 
  • Hooking Wings
  • Shield and Sword 
  • Gift in Return
  • Bow of Compulsion
  • Obstructing the Storm
  • Twin Kimono
  • Sleeper
  • Spiraling Twig
  • Cross of Destruction
  • Flight to Freedom

4th Degree Black Belt--

  • Begging Hands 
  • Thrusting Wedge
  • Flashing Wings 
  • Hugging Pendulum
  • Repeated Devestation 
  • Entangled Wing
  • Defying the Storm
  • Raking Mace 
  • Snaking Talon 
  • Shield and Mace
  • Retreating Pendulum
  • Tripping Arrow
  • Fallen Cross
  • Returning Storm
  • Crossed Twigs 
  • Twist of Fate
  • Flashing Mace
  • Gift of Destiny
  • Wings of Silk 
  • Gripping Talon
  • Gathering Clouds
  • Destructive Twins
  • Broken Ram
  • Circling the Horizon

5th Degree Black Belt--

  • Obscure Claws 
  • Encounter with Danger 
  • Circling Destruction 
  • Detour from Doom 
  • Squatting Sacrifice 
  • Escape from Death 
  • Brushing the Storm 
  • Menacing Twirl 
  • Leap from Danger 
  • Circles of Protection 
  • Circle of Doom 
  • Broken Gift 
  • Heavenly Ascent
  • Capturing the Storm
  • Conquering Shield
  • Taming the Mace
  • Twirling Sacrifice
  • Cross of Death
  • Securing the Storm
  • Intercepting the Ram
  • Kneel of Compulsion
  • Clipping the Storm
  • Glancing Wing
  • The Back Breaker

6th Degree Black Belt--

Depends on time in Kenpo training and contribution to the art.

7th Degree Black Belt--

Depends on time in Kenpo training and contribution to the art.

8th Degree Black Belt--

Depends on time in Kenpo training and contribution to the art.

9th Degree Black Belt--

Depends on time in Kenpo training and contribution to the art.

10th

Reserved for the founder on American Kenpo Karate - Ed Parker