Yellow Belt Delayed Sword Self Defense

Delayed Sword is the first self-defense technique in the American Kenpo Karate System. This is a basic self-defense but very effective. This technique is against a left front lapel grab attack, this is the typical attack you might find in the streets, the attacker might be asking for money or calling you names, then this escalates when the attacker grabs you.

Step by Step Guide of Delayed Sword

1.- You are facing the attacker.

2.-Step back back to 6:00 with your left foot to form a right neutral bow stance facing 12:00, then deliver a right inward block while your left hand is checking the attacker’s hand.

3.- Right foot back into a transitional right 45° cat stance, then execute a right front ball kick to the attacker’s groin. The natural reaction for the attacker would be to bring his hands to protect himself and cancel his height.

4.- Plant your right foot forward at 12:00 and then as you plant your foot deliver a right outward hand sword to the right side of the attacker’s neck.

5.- Cover out to 6:00. Step back in a fighting stance just in case if the attacker gets on his feet to attack you again.


  • Your front kick to the groin is the main part of the technique because it will create a safe distance.
  • Always keep your hands up in front of you at all times when executing any self-defense technique.

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