Close Kneel Stance in Kenpo Karate

Close Kneel Stance

This is the Close Kneel Stance in Kenpo Karate, found in forms, sets, and self-defense techniques from orange to black belt. This stance is part of the basics found in the orange belt.

Stance Uses

This stance has many benefits and you can like this:

  • It helps you align your body for a front kick
  • Use the knee to press the attacker’s calf
  • If the attacker is on the ground you can keep him there by pressing your knee down
  • Can be used to parry the attacker’s leg

Close Kneel Step by Step

  • You can start on your Neutral Stance
  • Slightly move your rear knee facing forward
  • Your rear leg sits on the ball of the foot
  • Try the same move with your other side
Close Kneel Stance in Kenpo Karate
Close Kneel Stance Side View


  • Keep your back straight at all times
  • Keep your Kenpo guard up at all times
  • Your knee does not touch the ground, imagine you are pressing your knee on an attacker who is on the ground

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