How to do Retreating Pendulum Self Defense Technique

How to do Retreating Pendulum Self Defense Technique

Retreating Pendulum

Retreating Pendulum is a self-defense technique found in the Ed Parker’s American Kenpo Karate system, this is a blue belt rank technique against a front right thrusting heel kick.

Retreating Pendulum Step by step:

  • As the kick comes in step back on a twist stance while blocking it with a right downward block.
  • Move forward with a right side kick to the left back of his leg while you deliver a right hammer strike to the back of his neck.
  • Adjust your right leg to execute a scoop kick to the groin and then buckle his right leg.
  • Cover out

Blue Belt technique. Instructed by Casa De Kenpo which includes Professors Cliff Seminerio and Juan Serrano.


  • Keep a circling motion when you block and kick, it should be simultaneous.
  • The scoop and buckle should be done in the same position before crossing out.

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