Students Questions and          Answers


1. What does Karate mean:  Empty hands

2. What does Kenpo Mean: Law of the fist

3. What are the eight steps in the self-defense equation     formula? And define each step.  

1. Prefix, 2. Suffix, 3. Insert, 4. Rearrange, 5. Alter,

6. Adjust, 7. Regulate, 8. Delete

4. What are the three main power principles?

1. Back up mass, 2. Marriage of gravity,

3.Rotational torque

5. What are three dimensions?

   1. Height, 2. Width, 3. Depth

6. Match the three dimensions with the three main power principles?    Height: Marriage of gravity

                      Width: Rotational torque

                   Depth: Back up mass

7. What are the three types of body momentum?

 1. Horizontal, 2. Vertical, 3. Rotational 

8. What is a dead, semi-alive and alive technique? And what does each mean.  Dead: grab, choke and gun

                             Semi-alive: pushes 

                          Alive: kicks, punches, kicks, clubs

9. What Stances does Short Form 1 contain?

   1. Hoarse, 2. Attention, 3. left/right neutral bow

10. What blocks does Short Form 1 contain?

      1. Upward, 2. downward, 3. inward, 4. outward 

11. What strikes does Short Form 1 contain?

      1. Elbow, 2. Dragon over the Tiger

12. What is the theme of Finger Set 1? 

   Different methods of striking with our fingertips

13. Why do we put our hands on our hips on Stance Set 1?

      To feel the rotation of our body

14. Who created American Kenpo? Ed Parker

15. What countries did Kenpo come from before it came to  America? Okinawa, China, Japan, Hawaii

16. Why do we go into a forward bow/reverse bow, what’s the purpose. Get more power, depth of penetration, rotational torque, marriage of gravity, back up mass, bracing angle

17. What are the three types of Kenpo speed? And which one do we get rid of in a fight? Mental, physical, perceptual  mental, because we shouldn’t have to think

18. When doing our basics, why do we half to have our hands back at our side? More power, elbow strike back “in case there is a person behind you”

19. What are the three points to any kick “front, back, side” and how do we get correct body alignment for a front ball kick? 1. Bend your knee, 2. Snap it out, 3. Bring it back down. Ball of the foot lines up with angle, knee, hip

20. What are the three ranges of weapons? Long-legs, medium-hands/arms, short-elbows/knees  

21. How many punches do we have in the Kenpo system, and name them? 3 punches, vertical, front, back

22. What are the four ranges of contact? 1. Out of contact, 2. Within contact, 3. Contact penetration, 4. Contact Manipulation, and within this is “control manipulation, sub-level 4”  

23. What does the dragon and the tiger mean, and why does the dragon come first? Dragon means wisdom and knowledge. Tiger means power and strength. The dragon goes first because it thinks before it acts.

24. In our techniques there are certain names for the techniques, what do these names represent?

A. feathers: hair

B. leaves: fingers

C. twigs: arms

D. branches: legs

E. storm: club

F. rod: gun

G. lance: knife

H. hoof: feet

I. wing: elbow

K. kimono: lapel

25. What is the weight distribution of a neutral bow? 50/50

26. What is the weight distribution of a forward bow? 60/40

27. What is the weight distribution of a reverse bow? 40/60

28. What is the weight distribution of a hoarse stance? 50/50

29.  What is the weight distribution of a cat stance? 10/90






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