Ed Parker American Kenpo: Buckling Branch

BUCKLING BRANCH (FRONT – Left Step Through Thrust Kick)


  1. With your right foot step toward 4:30 and form a left neutral bow stance facing 10:30. Simultaneously deliver a left outward downward block to the outside of the opponent’s left leg as your right hand cocks to your right hip (fist clenched; palm up). Immediately recoil your left hand counterclockwise into a vertical position to act as a positional check.
  2. Immediately deliver a right front snapping ball kick to the opponent’s groin from behind.
  3. Plant your right foot (gauging leg) toward 10:30 and form a right front twist stance. Immediately deliver a left knifeedge kick to the inside of his right knee from the rear.
  4. From Point of Contact, execute a left front crossover and double cover out toward 4:30.


  1. From Point of Contact, plant your left foot toward 9:30 and form a transitory left reverse bow stance. Immediately pivot counterclockwise (and in place) to form a left front rotating twist stance. Simultaneously check the opponent’s left shoulder with your left hand and execute a right inward overhead vertical hammerfist strike to his solar plexus. Immediately follow with a right knee kick to the middle of his spine.
  2. Plant your right foot to Point of Origin and immediately pivot clockwise to form a left reverse bow stance as you deliver a right vertical upward heel palm claw to the left side of the opponent’s chin and face. Immediately follow with a left inward heel palm claw to the left side of his jaw.
  3. Without hesitation, shift your left foot counterclockwise toward 5:30 and form a right close kneel stance as you execute a right underhand back knuckle strike to the opponent’s head as he is dropping.
  4. Immediately leap and pivot counterclockwise in the air, and land on your left foot as you deliver a right downward looping roundhouse kick to the opponent’s sternum.
  5. From Point of Contact, execute a right front crossover and double cover out toward 4:30.

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