Hug or Headlock
Crashing Wings or Escape from Death
To assist the American Kenpo Karate student with recognizing the nature of an attack, Senior Grandmaster Ed Parker created the 9 Categories of Attack. These drills will develop quick recognition between categories and their corresponding first directives. The first directives to any hug/hold are to shift and drop with checks, whereas the first directives to headlocks are to impede and/or reposition to prevent the lock/choke.
“When identifying the NATURE OF THE ATTACK, you must first ascertain whether trouble is (1) eminent in the ENVIRONMENT you are entering then (2) anticipate the possibility of an encounter; and (3) eliminate the element of surprise. Although the type of action you encounter may surprise you, you would, nevertheless, be prepared to instinctively utilize your knowledge regardless of the predicament. Again, at this stage, strategy and plans for defense and offense are not thought of consciously–they occur naturally.
Defining the predicament involves classifying and categorizing the various types of attack. Answers are more appropriately geared to attack situations when they are categorized into topics… ” (p. 67 Infinite Insights, Book 5–Ed Parker).
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