1. Beginning Basics
I. Rapid Review: This section is a quick demonstration without explanation to summarize the entire content of the DVD. Our featured sample video clip is the rapid review portion of the DVD.
II. Etiquette: Detailed explanations of the following.
1. Bow entering the Dojo and onto the Mats. How and why.
2. Bow beginning of class. Symbolism of the hands, and the proper mechanics of the bow.
3. Bow to class mate. Symbolism, mechanics, & philosophy.
4. Bow for rank promotion. Also address etiquette of the belt.
5. Lining up for class and entering onto the mats as a group.
III. Stances. Demonstrated from multiple angles.
2. Natural. Making our everyday stance our fighting stance.
3. Meditating Horse. Keeping posture and using the little toe to improve accuracy of your angle your feet point.
4. Training Horse. Why it is used and when it is not used!
5. Neutral Bow. Weight placement and seeing the line of attack.
6. Forward Bow. Weight shift relative to forward bow shown.
7. Close Kneel. Moving from neutral/forward bows to kneel.
8. 45 Degree Cat. Weight distribution and application.
9. One Legged. Shown in context from other stances.
Stances are then demonstrated from the other leads (left instead of right) and a brief discussion of width and depth of stance is introduced.
IV. Foot Maneuvers. Explained and shown from multi angles.
1. Natural Step Forward. Control balance and avoid wobble.
2. Natural Step Back. Application and summary of why stances and footwork used to control our center of gravity.
3. Forward Step Through. Closing larger distances.
4. Reverse Step Through. Creating distance applications.
"How to put our center in motion" is emphasized.
V. Blocks. Explained and shown from multiple angles.
1. Inward Block. Angle, supporting alignment, application and intergrating with stance and footwork from earlier. How to make your blocks into strikes.
2. Vertical Outward. Contact area of the forearm contrasted between vertical outward and inward and structural support compared and contrasted between the two. Deflecting qualities of the vertical outward explained. How to thread your opponent's attack with this block.
3. Upward Block. Angle and timing. Use as a strike.
4. Downward Block. Reaching to the proper depth, sample use.
5. Push-down Block. How to pin your opponent and as a strike.
6. Extended Outward Block. Structural theory -- skeletal frame perspective.
An overview of the blocks is shown and how to logically transition from your block to your counter strike demonstrated.
VI. Hand Strikes. Explained and shown from multiple angles.
Moral code of use of kenpo hand strikes addressed first.
1. Outward Back Knuckle. Proper execution, target choices, hitting bag targets, opening and closing of the fist, striking on the move, training the reaction speed and distance of the strike.
2. Reverse Punch. Stance options to power and support the strike, timing of rotating the waist, shoulder position and body plane, recovery, chambering, retaining guard, velocity and alignment, horizontal and vertical fist options.
3. Ridge Hand. Targeting in sport compared to combat, exaggerating motion to learn mechanics then chip away, application demonstrated.
VII. Kicks. Explained and shown from multiple angles.
1. Front Kick. Chambering, support foot position, part of the foot to strike with, anchoring/rooting, method of execution - thrust/snap.
2. Roundhouse Kick. Mechanics, targeting options, importance of practicing the chamber.
3. Side Kick. Mechanics, heel vs. blade of the foot based on target options, training muscle control, footwork options for kick delivery, sport vs. combat target options, lead & rear leg delivery.
4. Rear Kick. Self-defense and sparring examples of application, mechanics to prevent over rotation.
All of the above kicks (front, round, side, rear) are then demonstrated on kicking shield.
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