This technique is one of the Kenpo Classics, part of the orange belt rank in American Kenpo Karate. You will see this technique on Form 4 which is executed on both sides, it also has an extension that is available for higher ranks as well. Simple, easy to learn, and apply.
Five Swords step by step:
- While standing naturally with feet together, step forward and slightly to your left (to 11 o’clock) with your right foot (to a neutral bow) and deliver a right inward strike to the inside of the opponent’s right punch using your left hand to check.
- Immediately strike to opponent’s right neck with your right outward chop.
- Left finger thrust (palm down) to opponent’s eyes as your right-hand cocks to your right hip. This is done while you pivot into a right forward bow.
- With your left-hand now guarding horizontally and open (palm down), deliver a right uppercut to the opponent’s solar plexus as you pivot to a right neutral bow.
- Immediately have your left foot slide counterclockwise (to 4 o’clock) into a right forward bow as your left heel of palm strikes to the left jaw of the opponent (striking in an outward fashion). Without hesitation and while shifting into a right neutral bow have your left-hand hook and pull the opponent’s head down as you deliver a right overhead downward hand sword to the back of the opponent’s neck.
Kenpo Karate Requirements
- Kenpo Karate Stances
- Kenpo Karate Strikes
- Kenpo Karate Blocks
- Kenpo Karate Punches
- Kenpo Karate Kicks
- Kenpo Karate Foot Maneuvers
- Kenpo Karate Parries
- Kenpo Karate Finger Techniques