Blocking Set #1

Blocking Set #1, the first set in learning American Kenpo teaches you basic blocks. By using one arm at a time, you become familiar with Kenpo blocks. You also learn to smoothly transition between blocks and understand the concept of ‘Point of Origin’. At the midpoint of the set, you learn to perform two actions simultaneously with both arms.

Blocking Set #1

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  • Opening:
    • Begin in a meditative horse stance
    • Cock both hands at your hips.
  • Section 1: (Right Side)
    • Deliver a right upward block.
    • Deliver a right hammering inward block.
    • Deliver a right extended outward block.
    • Deliver a right outward downward block.
    • Deliver a right rear elbow block.
    • Deliver a right push-down block.
    • Chamber your right hand on your hip.
  • Section 2: (Left Side)
    • Deliver a left upward block.
    • Deliver a left hammering inward block.
    • Deliver a left extended outward block.
    • Deliver a left downward block.
    • Deliver a left rear elbow block.
    • Deliver a left push-down block.
    • Chamber your left hand on your hip.
  • Closing:
    • Cover your right fist with your left hand.
    • Close your meditative horse stance.

When performing this set, remember not to reset your arm between blocks. Your next block should start where the previous one ended or from the same point of origin.


  • Right upward block for a left overhead club attack or chop.
  • Right inward block for a right punch to the body.
  • Right extended outward block for a left punch to the face.
  • Right outside downward block for a left kick to the groin
  • Right back elbow block for a left roundhouse kick to your right kidney.
  • Right push-down block for a right knee kick to the groin.
  • Left blocks for attacks from the opposite side.

Lessons From Blocking Set #1

  • Five (5) major blocks in addition to one (1) hidden block.
  • A sequence of blocks that preserve the economy of motion.
  • Correct manner in which to use your major blocks.
  • Blocks that protect all three (3) “Zones of Protection”.
  • The execution of the major blocks in a stationary position.
  • Maximum cover of head and upper body areas.

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