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Adult Blue Belt Curriculum


I shall never let pride rule my passions and I will defend, with all the skill I possess, the weak, the helpless, and the oppressed. I pledge an unswerving loyalty to the Association and my instructor. In addition, I pledge an unending effort to earn the self-same loyalty from those who look to me for training.

Sam Bowley performing Finger Set 1 at Fall Festival

Sam Bowley performing Finger Set 1 at Fall Festival


Stripe –
Twin Kimono (Front Two-Hand Lapel Grab Pushing Out)
Parting Wings (Front Two-Hand High Push)
Thundering Hammers (Front Right Step-Through Straight Punch)
Swinging Pendulum (Front Right Roundhouse Kick)
Squeezing the Peach (Rear Bear Hug; Arms Pinned)
Circling Wings (Rear Two-Hand Choke; Arms Bent)
Obstructing the Storm (Front Right Step-Through Overhead Club)
Darting Mace (Front Two-Hand Wrist Grab)

Belt –
Hooking Wings (Front Two-Hand Low Push)
Shield and Sword (Front Left Step-Through Punch)
Gift in Return (Front Handshake)
Bow of Compulsion (Front Wrist Lock Against Opponent’s Chest)
Charging Ram (Front Tackle)
Sleeper (Front Right Front Step-Through Straight Punch)
Cross of Destruction (Front Two-Hand Wrist Lock)
Flight to Freedom (Rear Hammerlock)


Reaction can beat action if the target to be reached last is the first object to move out of the way.
To aid your action, feed it with your opponent’s reaction.
A check in most cases, is an application of, whereas a cover is used in anticipation of.
Shuffles and crossovers are movements of adjustment.
Flow first, power later.
Guts are the anesthesia that deaden the pain of fear.

The ultimate aim of Kenpo is to elongate circles and round off corners.
Low kicks are excellent weapons to neutralize your opponent’s aggression. Knock out his support and you weaken his aggressive abilities and desires.
An ounce of logic can be worth more than a ton of tradition that has become obsolete through the weathering of time.
Refinement – too much time and often too little progress.
Never send an opponent’s weapon into orbit only to have it re-orbit back to you.
Devote time to a particular move before deciding whether it does or does not work for you.

Forms and Sets:

Stripe – Striking Set 1; Finger Set 1
Belt – Long Form 2


StancesReverse Close Kneel
Reverse Wide Kneel
BlocksOutside Downward Diagonal
Downward Horizontal Forearm
ParriesInward Horizontal Heel Palm
Outward Horizontal Heel Palm
PunchesOverhead (Palm Down)
Thrusting Inverted Vertical
Snapping Inverted Vertical
StrikesLooping Overhead Backknuckle
Outward Horizontal Heel Palm
Back Stiff Arm Lifting Heel Palm
Finger TechniquesUnderhand Whip
Underhand Claw
Outward Overhead Claw
Back Finger Thrust (over shoulder)
KicksFront Scoop
Back Scoop
Reverse Roundhouse
Front Chicken (F-R)
Front Chicken (R-F)
Back Chicken (F-R)
Back Chicken (R-F)
Ground DefensesScissoring Kick
Foot ManeuversHop
Body ManeuversFront Fall (Standing)

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