Kenpo Karate Finger Set 1

Finger set 1

Finger set 1

Welcome to Finger Set 1, an essential part of Kenpo Karate training. This particular set can typically be found in the Purple Belt curriculum, although in certain Kenpo styles, it may also be introduced at the Blue Belt level. Within Finger Set 1, you will discover a variety of techniques that involve the skilled utilization of your fingers as formidable weapons.

This is not a competition form at all, you will not find students competing with this set but you might find pieces of it on Creative Forms depending on the tournament. The entire set is executed from a Horse Stance and all the action is focused on the hand movements.

Horse Stance in Kenpo Karate

As you delve into this set, you will encounter numerous finger-based maneuvers designed to enhance your martial arts prowess. Among them are the potent two-finger poke, the effective heel palm claw technique, the precise execution of the crane’s head strikes, the swift and decisive finger slice, and the ability to seamlessly transition between parries, checks, and finger strikes.

It’s important to note that both linear and circular movements play a significant role in this set, allowing for versatile and adaptable self-defense strategies.

To make the most out of your training, it is highly recommended to approach this set with patience and dedication. Avoid rushing through the movements and instead focus on learning each technique at your own pace. Mastery of Finger Set 1 requires a thorough understanding of each individual move, so take the time to study and refine your execution.

The economy of motion is emphasized through continuity of motion, the “With” principle, reverse and returning motions, contouring, sequential flow, and the geometric path of action. Different angles of delivery are explored to understand their impact on execution and weapon selection. Accuracy is honed through the understanding of points of reference.

The set teaches simultaneous strikes in different directions, paths, and dimensions, as well as the simultaneous execution of different methods. It covers attacks to the front and rear depth and height zones. Principles and methods of execution are integrated, and body fusion is emphasized. Effective use of a pivot point and the exploitation of obscure zones and dead motion deception are also covered.

Horizontal Finger Thurst in Kenpo Karate

Horizontal Finger Thurst in Kenpo Karate

The set teaches techniques for elongating circles, navigating corners, and employing an “open-ended triangle” as a defensive strategy. The hinge-supported concept is utilized to maximize damage. Precision movement development is a key focus, along with precise targeting and striking with specific weapons. The set also explores the use of tail-end speed and whip-like acceleration. Lastly, the pin-point effect is employed to enhance effectiveness.


Furthermore, it is crucial to exercise caution during practice.

  • Remember to avoid overextending your strikes.
  • You must keep your Horse Stance on the same height at all times, make sure is comfortable enough to help you keep the speed on your set.
  • Visualize yourself in a realistic scenario where an assailant is positioned in front of you, behind you, and on each side. This mental image will help you maintain control and precision in your strikes while preventing unnecessary strain or injury.

By immersing yourself in the intricacies of Finger Set 1, you will develop invaluable skills that can be applied in real-life self-defense situations. Embrace the process, embrace the techniques, and embrace the art of Kenpo Karate.

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