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American Kenpo Syllabus

Yellow Belt Requirements

Self Defence Techniques 

1.  DELAYED SWORD : Front Right Punch or Lapel Grab

2. ALTERNATING MACE : Front Two-Hand Push

3. SWORD OF DESTRUCTION : Front Left Straight Punch or Roundhouse Punch

4. DEFLECTING HAMMER : Front Right Thrust Kick

5. CAPTURED TWIGS : Rear Bear-Hug, Arms Pinned

6. GRASP OF DEATH : Left Flank-Right Arm Headlock

7. CHECKING THE STORM : Right Step Through Overhead Club Attack

8. MACE OF AGGRESSION : Two-Hand Lapel Grab

9. ATTACKING MACE : Front Right Punch

10. SWORD AND HAMMER : Right Flank-Left Hand Shoulder Grab

Forms

Short Form 1

Sets

Blocking Set 1 (Star Block)

Orange Belt Requirements

Self Defence Techniques 

1.  CLUTCHING FEATHERS : Front Left Hand Hair Grab

2. TRIGGERED SALUTE : Front Right Hand Direct Push

3. DANCE OF DEATH : Front Right Straight Punch with Left Leg Forward

4. THRUSTING SALUTE : Front Right Step Through Kick

5. GIFT OF DESTRUCTION : Handshake

6. LOCKING HORNS : Front Headlock

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

8. LONE KIMONO : Front Left Hand Lapel Grab

9. GLANCING SALUTE : Front Right Hand Cross Push

10. FIVE SWORDS : Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Punch

11. SCRAPING HOOF : Full Nelson

12. GRIP OF DEATH : Left Flank Right Arm Headlock

13. REPEATING MACE : Front Left Hand Push or Punch

14. SHIELDING HAMMER : Front Left Step Through Hooking Punch

15: STRIKING THE SERPENTS HEAD : Front Bear-Hug, Arms Free

16. CRASHING WINGS : Rear Bear-Hug, Arms Free

Forms

Long Form 1

Sets

Kicking Set 1

Purple Belt Requirements

Self Defence Techniques 

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. BUCKLING BRANCH : Front Left Step Through Kick

5. CRUSHING HAMMER : Rear Bear-Hug, Arms Pinned

6. CAPTURED LEAVES : Right Flank Finger Lock

7. CALMING THE STORM : Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club

8. CROSSING TALON : Front Right Cross Wrist Grab

9. REVERSING MACE : Front Left Step Through Straight Punch

10. THRUSTING PRONGS : Front Bear-Hug, Arms Pinned

11. LOCKED WING : Rear Hammerlock

12. OBSCURE WING : Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab

13. RAINING CLAW : Front Right Uppercut Punch

14. SPIRALLING TWIG : Rear Bear-Hug, Arms Free

15. TWISTED TWIG : Front Wrist Lock

16. OBSCURE SWORD : Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab

Forms

Short Form 2

Sets

Stance Set 1

Co-Ordination Set 1

Blue Belt Requirements

Self Defence Techniques 

1.  TWIN KIMONO : Front Two-Hand Lapel Grab

2. PARTING WINGS : Front Two-Hand Push

3. THUNDERING HAMMERS : Front Right Step through Punch

4. SWINGING PENDULUM : Front Right Roundhouse Kick

5. SQUEEZING THE PEACH : Rear Bear-Hug, Arms Pinned

6. CIRCLING WING : Rear Two-Hand Choke, Arms Bent

7. OBSTRUCTING THE STORM : Right Step through Overhead Club

8. DARTING MACE : Front Two-Hand Wrist Grab

9. HOOKING WINGS : Front Two-Hand Low Push

10. SHIELD AND SWORD : Front Left Step through Punch

11. GIFT IN RETURN : Front Handshake

12. BOW OF COMPULSION : Front Wrist Hand lock against Opponents Chest

13. CHARGING RAM : Front Tackle with Arms Extended Wide

14. SLEEPER FRONT : Right Step through Straight Punch

15. CROSS OF DESTRUCTION : Rear Two-Hand Choke

16. FLIGHT TO FREEDOM : Rear Hammerlock

Forms

Long Form 2

Sets

Finger Set 1

Strike Set 1

Green Belt Requirements

Self Defence Techniques 

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

2. THRUSTING WEDGE : Front Two-Hand High Push

3. FLASHING WINGS : Front Right Step through Punch

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

5. REPEATED DEVASTATIONS : Full Nelson

6. DESTRUCTIVE TWINS : Front Two-Hand Choke, pulling in

7. DEFYING THE STORM : Front Right Step through Roundhouse Club

8. CROSSED TWIGS : Rear Two-Hand Grab to Wrists

9. SNAKING TALON : Front Two-Hand Push

10. SHIELD AND MACE : Front Right Step Through Punch

11. RETREATING PENDULUM : Front Right Thrusting Heel Kick Executed with either a Right Step-through or a Rear Crossover

12. TRIPPING ARROW : Front Bear-Hug, Arms Free

13. WINGS OF SILK : Rear Two-Arm Arm Lock

14. CONQUERING SHIELD : Front Left Stiff-Arm Lapel Grab

15. ENTANGLED WING : Front Arm Lock

16. RAKING MACE : Front Two-Hand Lapel grab, Pulling in

Forms

Short Form 3

Sets

Co-Ordination Set-2

3rd Deg Brown Belt Requirements

Self Defence Techniques 

1.  DOMINATING CIRCLES : Front Offset Right Hand Grab to Right Shoulder

2. TWIST OF FATE : Front Two-Hand Push

3. FLASHING MACE : Front Right Step Through Punch

4. DETOUR FROM DOOM : Front Right Roundhouse Kick

5. GIFT OF DESTINY : Front Handshake

6. BLINDING SACRIFICE : Front Two-Hand Shoulder Grab

7. RETURNING THE STORM : Front Inward Roundhouse and Backhand Club

8. GLANCING SPEAR : Front Right Direct, left Wrist Grab

9. ENCOUNTER WITH DANGER : Front Two-Hand Push

10. GATHERING CLOUDS : Front Right Punch

11. CIRCLE OF DOOM : Front Right Straight Kick

12. SQUATTING SACRIFICE : Rear Bear-Hug, Arms Free

13. FALLEN CROSS : Rear Two-Hand Choke

14. BRUSHING THE STORM : Right Flank Right Step Through Overhead Club

15. DESPERATE FALCON : Front Two-Hand Direct Grabs to Both Wrists

16. CIRCLING THE HORIZON : Front Right Step Through Punch

17. GRIPPING TALON : Front Left Direct Grab to Right Wrist

18. BROKEN RAM : Front Tackle

19. CIRCLING DESTRUCTION : Front Left Step through Punch

20. OBSCURE CLAWS : Right Flank Left Shoulder Grab

Forms

Long form 3

Sets

Stance Set 2

Blocking Set 2

2nd Deg Brown Belt Requirements

Self Defence Techniques 

1.  MENACING TWIRL : Rear Left Hand Belt Grab

2. LEAP FROM DANGER : Rear Two-hand Push

3. CIRCLES OF PROTECTION : Front Right Step through Overhead Punch

4. ROTATING DESTRUCTION : Front Right Snap & Left Spinning Back Kick

5. BROKEN GIFT : Handshake

6. ESCAPE FROM DEATH : Rear Right-arm Choke

7. CAPTURING THE STORM : Front Right Step through  Overhead Club

8. INTERCEPTING THE RAM : Front Tackle

9. BACK BREAKER : Right Flank Right Step through Punch

10. DECEPTIVE PANTHER : Combination Right Front Snap Kick (Low) & Right Roundhouse Kick (High)

11. TWIRLING SACRIFICE : Full Nelson

12. HEAVENLY ASCENT : Front Two-Hand Choke, Arms Straight

13. SECURING THE STORM : Front Right Step through Roundhouse Club

14. FALLING FALCON : Front Right direct Lapel Grab

15. TAMING THE MACE : Front Right Step through Punch

16. DEFENSIVE CROSS : Front Right Snap Kick

17. CROSS OF DEATH : Front Two-Hand Cross Choke

18. KNEEL OF COMPULSION : Right Flank Right Step through Punch

19. BOWING TO BUDDHA : Front Right Roundhouse Kick, while kneeling

20. GLANCING WING : Front Left Uppercut Punch

Forms

Staff Form

1st Deg Brown Belt Requirements

Self Defence Techniques 

1.  FATAL CROSS : Front Two-hand Attempted Low Grab or Push

2. THRUST INTO DARKNESS : Rear Right Step through Punch

3. CIRCLING FANS : Front Left & Right Front Straight Punch

4. DANCE OF DARKNESS : Front Right Kick Followed by Right Punch

5. FALCONS OF FORCE : Flank Left & Right Should grabs / Two persons

6. BEAR AND THE RAM : Front Right Punch/Rear Bear-hug, Arms Free / Two persons

7. CLIPPING THE STORM : Front Right Thrusting Club

8. CIRCLING WINDMILLS : Front Two-Hand Push Followed by a Right Punch

9. LEAP OF DEATH : Front Right Step through Straight Punch

10. PROTECTING FANS : Front Left & Right Punch Combination

11. REVERSING CIRCLES : Front Left Roundhouse Kick & Left Punch

12. COURTING THE TIGER : Flank Left & Right Arm and Shoulder Grabs / Two persons

13. GATHERING OF THE SNAKES : Front Left Punch / Rear Right Punch / Two persons

14. RAINING LANCE : Front Right Step through Overhead Knife Attack

15. DESTRUCTION FANS : Left Flank Right Step through Punch

16. UNFURLING CRANE : Front Right Kick & Right Punch

17. UNWINDING PENDULUM : Front Right Kick & Right Punch Combination

18. GRASPING EAGLES : Front Right Lapel Grab / Rear Right Arm Grab / Two persons

19. PARTING OF THE SNAKES : Front Right Punch / Attempt / Two persons

20. GLANCING LANCE : Front Right Step through Knife Thrust

Forms

Long Form 4

Sets

Striking Set 2

1st Deg Black Belt Requirements

Self Defence Techniques 

1.  DESTRUCTIVE KNEEL : Front Right Step through Punch

2. ENTWINED MACES : Front Right & Left Punch (Opponents Left Leg is Forward)

3. MARRIAGE OF THE RAMS : Right & Left Shoulder Grabs, Close/Two persons

4. RAM AND THE EAGLE : Front Right Punch & Rear Left Collar / Two persons

5. ESCAPE FROM THE STORM : Right Step through Overhead Club-Right Flank

6. THRUSTING LANCE : Front Right Step through Knife Thrust

7. CAPTURING THE ROD : Front Right Pistol against your Chest

8. PRANCE OF THE TIGER : Right Set through Uppercut from Right Flank

9. FATAL DEVIATION : Front Right & Left Punch (Opponents Right Leg is Forward)

10. SNAKES OF WISDOM : Flank Left & Right Shoulder Grabs / Two persons

11. REPRIMANDING THE BEARS : Right Front Punch & Rear Bear-Hug Arms Pinned / Two persons

12. CIRCLING THE STORM : Right Front Club Thrust

13. ENTWINED LANCE : Front Right Step through Knife Thrust

14. BROKEN ROD : Rear Right Hand Pistol Hold-up

15. TWIRLING HAMMERS : Front Left Step through Punch

16. PIERCING LANCE : Front Right Knife Thrust

17. UNFOLDING THE DARK : Left Step through Punch from Right rear Flank

18. DEFYING THE ROD : Front Right Pistol Hold-up

19. ESCAPE FROM DARKNESS : Right Punch from Left Rear Flank

20. TWISTED ROD : Front Right Pistol Hold-up

Forms

Two Man Form

Own Form - 20 Techniques

Sets

Finger Set 2

Club Set 1

"It is not the aim of Kenpo to merely produce a skilful as well as powerful practitioner, but to create a well integrated student respectful of all" - Grand Master Ed Parker