Kenpo Karate Punches

Posted By PeterSoto On Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 With 0 Comments

American Kenpo Karate Punches

These are the American Kenpo Karate Punches you will find on your rank requirement list regardless of your style, lineage or dojo. Also these are part of most traditional modern karate, kung fu and taekwondo basics; under a different name of course.


  1. Straight Thrust
  2. Straight Snap
  3. Vertical Snap and Thrust Punch
  4. Upper Cut
  5. Universal Punch
  6. Inverted Vertical Roundhouse
  7. Looping Overhead
  8. Vertical Back-knuckle Snap
  9. Vertical Back-knuckle Thrust
  10. Round House
  11. Blocking
  12. Leopard’s Paw
  13. Front Lifting Back-knuckle
  14. Hook

Basic recommendations when throwing a punch:

  1. The impact is with your two inner knuckles.
  2. Always keep you back straight and centered.
  3. You need to be in a comfortable stance.
  4. Keep your eyes on your target.
  5. Keep the other hand checking in the case of a potential attack.
  6. Keep your thumb closed into your fist, if you leave it out you will injure it.
  7. Don’t over extend your arm when punching, your elbow will absorb the impact if nothing is reached.

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