American Kenpo Karate Mission

Swinging Pendulum with Ending

SWINGING PENDULUM (front right roundhouse kick)

  1. Standing in a right neutral bow, as your opponent attacks with a right roundhouse kick, move your left foot up the circle to 4 o’clock and strike with a right inward, left downward (universal block) to opponent’s kick. You should be in a right neutral bow.
  2. Shuffle forward to 11 o’clock and execute a right hammerfist to opponent’s groin. Reverse the motion of your left hand as it raises and becomes a positional check.
  3. Move your left foot up the circle to 3 o’clock, into a solid horse stance. and execute a right obscure elbow to opponent’s jaw. Your elbow will contour opponent’s body as it strikes.
  4. After your right upward obscure vertical elbow strike to the opponent’s jaw, step back to a right reverse bow stance to 12 o’clock, to buckle opponent’s left leg, simultaneously deliver a right upward snapping forearm strike to the opponent’s jaw with the left hand checking.
  5. Immediately execute a right rear heel scoop to the opponent’s groin, and an in-place stance change, (right foot up, left foot back), landing in a  left reverse bow to buckle the opponent’s right leg.
  6. Pivot into a left neutral bow stance as you deliver a left outward handsword strike to the opponent’s sternum and without hesitation pivot into a left forward bow stance as you deliver a right palm thrust (as in Glancing Salute) to opponent’s left side of the jaw.
  7. As your right palm heel snakes around opponent’s right side of his neck pull him  down into a right roundhouse  knee kick to his sternum.
  8. While still maintaining your right grab plant back into a left neutral bow, execute  a left upward  snapping forearm strike to opponent’s jaw and right outward claw to the opponent’s face, immediately followed by a right inward heel palm claw to the face and a right inward two-finger hook to the opponent’s eyes
  9. Left front crossover to 4:30 with a left outward  handsword  strike to opponent’s  neck.
  10. Double coverout to 4:30.


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He has been featured as a notable kenpoist in the published book, Kenpo Continuum and in 2013, Mr. Jeffcoat was inducted into the National Kenpo Hall of Fame, an elite group of 300 of the most accomplished kenpoists nationally. Locally, he continues to win awards as a Best Martial Arts studio in Pasadena Weekly’s annual competition.  His Pasadena studio has over a dozen teachers who are black belts of various advanced ranks and who, collectively, have over 50 years experience teaching the martial arts.


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