Snapping Twig American Kenpo Purple Belt

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Snapping Twig American Kenpo Purple Belt

Snapping Twig is a purple Belt self-defense technique against a front left-hand chest push. This technique can be divided into:

  • Your left-hand hold the left hand while your right-hand does an upward heel palm against the elbow.
  • Your right-hand hooks the arm out.
  • Execute a left-hand sword to the throat or neck.
  • Your right hand delivers a hammer fist to the jaw, cheek, face…
  • Step in and sandwich elbow.
  • Cover out and keep your hands ready (just in case…)

Must do: control his height, width, keep your eyes on your opponent at all times and adjust your weapons according to your opponent’s natural reaction to your strikes.

It is a simple technique, now see 3 different self-defense insights with these three well know Kenpo Masters which most of us have met in person and also had the privilege to train with them at least once.

Jeff Speakman is an American actor and a martial artist in the art of American kenpo karate and Japanese Goju-Ryu, earning black belts in each. Jeff Speakman information from Wikipedia


GM Larry Tatum began his study of Kenpo Karate in Pasadena, California in 1966, and has become one of this style’s most prominent figures. Recognized for his captivating seminars and articulate explanations of his art. Tatum enjoys a reputation as a gifted instructor and “teacher of Black Belts.” His forte is helping others reach their maximum potential through Kenpo karate. In 1984, he was named “Instructor of the Year” by Inside Kung Fu magazine. Extract text from http://www.ltatum.com/

And here Snapping Twig by GM Flores.

This technique is very useful and if you are open-minded try to apply this on the floor, ¬†someone pulling you and coming at you with a punch, or against the wall, even modify the attack angle and you’ll see there are tons of options you can do.