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    For those American Kenpo schools that require all of the sets, which ones are your favorite(s) and least favorite and why?


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    Kicking set...for some reason it becomes more about the sequence then development of kicking ability. I think the set has value, but I also think by the 3rd wall it is a bit pretentious. You could develop a solid sequence down and back left and right and get just as much value out of your kicks in my opinion.

    The set also was not developed by Ed Parker, it was added later.
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    Favorite: Cordination set 2, I feel that it is just cool tha tis the only big reason

    I do not have a least favorite I like them all
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    Quote Originally Posted by parkerkarate
    Favorite: Cordination set 2, I feel that it is just cool tha tis the only big reason

    I do not have a least favorite I like them all
    That is cool you find value in coordination set 2! I always thought it was goofy punching straight in front of you and kicking straight behind you while standing on one leg! Okay now You all officially know I hate kicking set and coordination set 2 lol

    But I love Finger Set I and 2, Blocking Set 2 (which includes I), and Coordination Set 1, Stance Set 1 and 2 (can't remember II for the life of me though) I think Brother John remembers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter
    That is cool you find value in coordination set 2! I always thought it was goofy punching straight in front of you and kicking straight behind you while standing on one leg! Okay now You all officially know I hate kicking set and coordination set 2 lol

    But I love Finger Set I and 2, Blocking Set 2 (which includes I), and Coordination Set 1, Stance Set 1 and 2 (can't remember II for the life of me though) I think Brother John remembers!
    thats cool

    I do not know Blocking set 2

    I like Stance Set 2 but detest 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by parkerkarate
    thats cool

    I do not know Blocking set 2

    I like Stance Set 2 but detest 1
    HAHAHA my daughter HATES stance set I better then push ups I say!!!!
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    Favorite set for me is Stance set 2, least favorite is Kicking set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter
    HAHAHA my daughter HATES stance set I better then push ups I say!!!!
    HAHAHA
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    Quote Originally Posted by parkerkarate
    Favorite: Cordination set 2, I feel that it is just cool tha tis the only big reason

    I do not have a least favorite I like them all
    Coordination Set 2 is full of master key movements and is truly a full body workout if done full-out. Most people I know don't choose this set as their favorite, but good for you....I am sure your basics are awesome to choose this one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter
    That is cool you find value in coordination set 2! I always thought it was goofy punching straight in front of you and kicking straight behind you while standing on one leg! Okay now You all officially know I hate kicking set and coordination set 2 lol

    But I love Finger Set I and 2, Blocking Set 2 (which includes I), and Coordination Set 1, Stance Set 1 and 2 (can't remember II for the life of me though) I think Brother John remembers!
    Kicking behind you while punching straight in front of you could be necessary depending upon the situation (think of "Parting of the Snakes" as an example).

    Great choices in your other sets!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by parkerkarate
    thats cool

    I do not know Blocking set 2

    I like Stance Set 2 but detest 1
    Does Mr. Palanzo require Blocking Set 2 or is it an optional set?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwell
    least favorite is Kicking set.
    I did not just read that, did I Scott?

    I'll see you this Thursday at fight night, LOL.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seabrook
    Does Mr. Palanzo require Blocking Set 2 or is it an optional set?


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    He does not require it and it is not optional
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seabrook
    Coordination Set 2 is full of master key movements and is truly a full body workout if done full-out. Most people I know don't choose this set as their favorite, but good for you....I am sure your basics are awesome to choose this one.


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    Default Re: Favorite/Least Favorite Sets

    Oh, did I say least ?

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    Okay Mr Seabrook...your turn No cop outs MUUAHAHAHAHAHAHHA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter
    Okay Mr Seabrook...your turn No cop outs MUUAHAHAHAHAHAHHA
    Okay Hunter, fine, what goes around, comes around I guess.

    Hmmm, let me think:

    I love Blocking Set 1 & 2, Kicking Set 1 & 2, Finger Set 2, Coordination Set 1 & 2, Striking Set 1 & 2, Stance Set 2, and Two-Man ("Two-person") Set.

    The truth is I don't have any sets that I dislike, just some that prefer.

    For instance, I like Finger Set 1 but feel that Finger Set 2 gives the set a greater fighting dimension with the various footwork applied, combined with the sophisticated hand strikes. As such, Finger Set 1 is not one of my favorites because I prefer to practice Finger Set 2.

    Stance Set 1 is very important to learn and its purpose in the system is unquestionable. Stances are the most important basic fundamental to our system, and are more important than blocks, punches, kicks, and so on. Keeping your hands on your hips during the set is done to isolate the stances (hence, the purpose of "sets" in general) without having to worry about coordinating hand movements simultaneously. This makes learning of the stances easier for beginners. The more you learn about our system, however, you come to realize that Stance Set 1 also teaches how to attack your opponent's legs That stated, Stance Set 2 is just too cool, and I prefer to use the hands in conjunction with the stances and getting my lower body to move in-sync with the hands.

    In general, I find that the movement used in the second sets give us a better understanding of angles, contact, and outer rim domination.


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    I would have to say my least favorite set is Kicking Set 1. My favorite set is Stance Set 2 and Co-ordination Set 2 equally. Both seem to have a lot of important knowledge for the student.
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    I love Stance Set 2 and Finger Set 2, love the precision and the coordination of the movement of feet and hands. (and they just contain some great stances to "vogue" in... just kidding... hey snap my picture!)

    Hey Jamie, I just re-read your post and it seems we have similar likes!

    And I totally love Two Man (person) Set. I love moving at a nice smooth clip (not too fast, but not slow either) and using some good contact, it just looks really crisp then.

    Just learned Blocking Set 2 - I'm getting used to it and i love the simultaneous forward & reverse star block pattern. Really makes my brain smoke! I think that this will become one of my favorites. My instructor makes this look so EASY!

    My least favorite set is probably finger set 1 - i just prefer to move, it's all in 2 anyway. I think i just look kinda' silly standing there finger whipping & slicing away. (i save this one for the car at traffic lights or when i'm stuck in traffic!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenpo Mama
    I love Stance Set 2 and Finger Set 2, love the precision and the coordination of the movement of feet and hands.

    And I totally love Two Man (person) Set. I love moving at a nice smooth clip (not too fast, but not slow either) and using some good contact, it just looks really crisp then.

    My least favorite set is probably finger set 1 - i just prefer to move, it's all in 2 anyway. I think i just look kinda' silly standing there finger whipping & slicing away. (i save this one for the car at traffic lights or when i'm stuck in traffic!)

    Peace,

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    Hi Donna,

    You are right - Stance Set 2 and Finger Set 2 rock! I also agree with what you said about Two Man Set. You need to go fast, but too fast and you lose the detail. Feeling the contact during this set is just too cool.

    About Finger Set 1 and doing this in the car at traffic lights, ya just killin me because that is so me, LOL!

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