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    Ed Parker's Kenpo Karate
    BLOCKING SET 2


    OPENING: ATTENTION STANCE. BOW. DROP TO A MEDITATING HORSE STANCE. CLOSE YOUR FISTS AND PLACE THEM, PALM UP ON YOUR HIPS.

    1. Execute the STAR BLOCK (Blocking Set #1) with your right hand.

    2. Execute the STAR BLOCK (Blocking Set #1) with your left hand.

    3. Execute the Star Block with both hands simultaneously, ending with
    both hands in the push down position.

    4. Execute a left upward block.

    5. Execute the Star Block with both hands simultaneously. Your left
    hand travels in the normal fashion, while your right hand travels
    in the reverse motion pattern.

    6. Execute the Star Block with both hands simultaneously. Your right
    hand travels in the normal fashion, while your left hand travels
    in the reverse motion pattern.

    7. Pivot to your right, facing 3 o'clock, into a right forward bow
    stance, as you execute a universal block (right downward & left
    inward).

    8. Pivot in-place slightly into a right neutral bow stance, as you
    execute a universal block toward 1:30 (left downward and right
    inward).

    9. Pivot to your left, facing 9 o'clock into a left forward bow
    stance, as you execute a universal block (left downward & right
    inward).

    10. Pivot in-place slightly into a left neutral bow stance as you
    execute a universal block toward 10:30 (right downward & left
    inward).

    11. Pivot in-place slightly into a horse stance to 12 o'clock, while
    simultaneously executing a right upward block and a left inside
    downward palm down block (both fists clenched).

    12. Simultaneously execute a left upward block and a right inside
    downward palm down block (both fists clenched).

    13. Simultaneously execute a right upward parry and a left inside
    downward palm up block (right hand open and left fist clenched).

    14. Simultaneously execute a left upward parry and a right inside
    downward palm up block (left hand open and right fist clenched).

    15. Pivot to your right into a right forward bow stance (facing 3
    o'clock) as you execute a right outside downward parry
    simultaneously with a left inward parry.

    16. Pivot, in-place, into a right neutral bow as you execute a right
    outward parry simultaneously with a left outward hooking parry
    (palm up and fingers pointing out like a "waiter carrying a
    tray").

    17. Pivot to your left into a left forward bow stance (facing 9
    o'clock) as you execute a left outside downward parry
    simultaneously with a right inward parry.

    18. Pivot, in-place, into a left neutral bow, as you execute a left
    outward parry simultaneously with a right outward hooking parry
    (palm up and fingers pointing like a "waiter carrying a tray").

    19. Pivot into a transitory horse stance, facing 12 o'clock, and
    immediately bring your right foot up to your left knee into a left
    one-leg stance. As you shift into this stance, execute a right
    outside downward parry (palm out) simultaneously with a left
    inward horizontal heel palm parry.

    20. Drop onto your right foot (in its original place) and immediately
    bring your left foot up to your right knee into a right one-leg
    stance. As you shift into this stance, execute a left outside
    downward parry (palm out) simultaneously with a right inward
    horizontal heel palm parry.

    21. Drop your left foot back toward 6 o'clock, execute a downward
    cross block (hands open as handswords).

    22. Slide your right foot back onto the same line as your left foot
    into a horse stance, facing 12 o'clock, as you simultaneously
    execute two outside downward parries.

    23. Follow up with two outward hooking parries (palm up).

    24. Finally follow up with two push-down blocks to the front.

    CLOSING: BRING YOUR RIGHT, CLENCHED FIST TO YOUR LEFT, OPEN HAND INTO A MEDITATING HORSE STANCE. COME TO AN ATTENTION STANCE. BOW.
    BLOCKING SET 2

    CONTAINS:

    1. Basic Blocks:

    a. Inward
    b. Upward
    c. Downward
    d. Extended Outward

    2. Additional Blocks

    a. Push-Down
    b. Back Elbow
    c. Inside Downward Palm Down
    d. Inside Downward Palm Up

    3. Double Blocks

    a. Cross Blocks
    b. Universal Blocks
    c. Dual Blocks, using Opposite & Reverse Motion

    4. Parries:

    a. Inward
    b. Outward
    c. Outward Hooking, Palm Up
    d. Inward Horizontal Heel Palm
    e. Outside Downward
    f. Upward

    5. Double Parries

    6. Simultaneous blocks with parries

    7. One-Leg positional block

    8. Stances:

    a. Attention
    b. Horse
    c. Neutral
    d. Forward
    e. One-Leg

    9. Foot Maneuvers:

    a. Pivoting
    b. Leaping - ????
    c. Step Through Reverse

    TEACHES:

    1. The use of dual movements when blocking.

    2. The simultaneous use of Opposite blocks.

    3. The simultaneous use of blocks "with" parries.

    4. How to apply your Major blocks with Economy of Motion, when blocking with
    one hand.

    5. How to apply your Major blocks with Economy of Motion, when blocking with
    two hands.

    6. How to apply Minor blocks and parries with Economy of Motion, when
    blocking with two hands.

    7. Many facets of the Double Factor.

    8. The coordinated use of blocks and parries with transitional stances.

    9. How to use the Universal Block.

    10. How to use Cross Blocks.

    11. How to simultaneously block in one direction:

    a. Front
    b. Rear
    c. Side

    12. How to simultaneously block in two directions:

    a. Front and Rear

    13. The simultaneous use of two sequences of two Words of Motion.

    14. The simultaneous use of a sequence of one Word of Motion, and its reverse
    sequence with a second Word of Motion.

    15. How to double block:

    a. Upward f. Upward & Downward
    b. Inward g. Inward & To the rear
    c. Outward h. Outward & Downward
    d. Downward i. Upward & Inward
    e. To the rear j. Inward & Downward

    16. How to simultaneously block in linear and circular fashions.

    17. How to simultaneously block against attacks from different paths.


    NOTES ON BLOCKING SET #2


    1. Be able to define: Motion, Opposite Motion, Reverse Motion, and Returning
    Motion.

    2. Practice this set with a partner, who provides the attacks for your
    blocking action.

    3. Use music to build timing and rhythm in this set.

    4. Incorporate the concepts and principles of this set into your Self-Defense
    Techniques as "Formulations" to possible "What If Factors".

    5. Change the definition of your defensive movements to offensive movements.

    6. Utilize the dual movements contained in this set while sparring against
    multiple partners.

    7. Review the timing of the dual movements in the "Star Block" sequence.
    Build greater coordination by staggering the timing of the blocks.

    8. Apply the knowledge of Blocking Set #2 to blocking with your legs.

    9. Experiment with blocking with your arms and legs while in different
    dimensional predicaments:

    a. You are on your back, and your opponent is standing.
    b. You are on your stomach, and your opponent is standing.
    c. Your opponent is on his back or stomach, and you are standing.
    d. Both you and your opponent are on the ground.
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    Thank you, Mr. Chapel.

    Can you comment on the instruction of the Horse Stance of the starting position, followed by a "pivot to the right" resulting in a right forward bow. It seems to me this would not allow for the correct width for a Forward Bow facing 3:00 o'clock. And, similar 'pivot' instructions that follow face the same challenge.

    This is the discussion Star Dragon, I, and others have in the other thread.

    Also ... any comment on the one leg stance instruction concerning the 'right foot up to the left knee' in the One Leg Stance (and it's opposite). My understanding of the one leg stance does not dictate the position of the non-supporting leg. Comments or opinions on this placement?

    As I said earlier ... I think it is sort of a dopey set, but it is in my curriculum, for the time.

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    That the manual is not specific about how to do the stance changes from horse to forward bow etc, could this mean that the issue was neglected or left to the individual practitioner to solve? Even on Larry Tatum's otherwise great DVD on sets, you just don't see what the feet are doing during those moves...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Dragon View Post
    That the manual is not specific about how to do the stance changes from horse to forward bow etc, could this mean that the issue was neglected or left to the individual practitioner to solve? Even on Larry Tatum's otherwise great DVD on sets, you just don't see what the feet are doing during those moves...
    It's probably more that the details required to do that transition is prohibitively complex to describe in print and should be demonstrated/coached by a knowledgeable instructor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by punkmonkey View Post
    It's probably more that the details required to do that transition is prohibitively complex to describe in print and should be demonstrated/coached by a knowledgeable instructor.
    Sliding the feet back and forth doesn't strike me as overwhelmingly complex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Dragon View Post
    Sliding the feet back and forth doesn't strike me as overwhelmingly complex.
    . Yes and to do just that would be incorrect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeledward View Post
    Thank you, Mr. Chapel.

    Can you comment on the instruction of the Horse Stance of the starting position, followed by a "pivot to the right" resulting in a right forward bow. It seems to me this would not allow for the correct width for a Forward Bow facing 3:00 o'clock. And, similar 'pivot' instructions that follow face the same challenge.
    You are correct sir on many levels, including the "dopey" comment. I never taught this stuff but I do agree with you, and commend you for recognizing something isn't "quite right" as presented. To make the transitions to the forward bow, you must first raise the foot and plant firmly into a neutral bow before than pivoting into the forward bow stance. Good catch. Most would just do what's written and not worry about. Never be reticent to challenge what's written on any of the material. So much is missing.

    Also ... any comment on the one leg stance instruction concerning the 'right foot up to the left knee' in the One Leg Stance (and it's opposite). My understanding of the one leg stance does not dictate the position of the non-supporting leg. Comments or opinions on this placement?

    As I said earlier ... I think it is sort of a dopey set, but it is in my curriculum, for the time.
    Proper execution requires an Index of the supporting foot and a load and explode of the rising leg.

    1. Place all your weight momentarily on the leg you intend to raise, and while doing so lift your soon to be supporting leg and place your foot on the floor at a forty-five degree angle. The execution appears as if you are hopping from one foot to the other.

    2. On the move when you "hop" onto the supporting leg in its "indexed" position, raise the other leg with the knee pointing forward at a 45-degree angle as you place the flat of your foot on the inside of the top of your supporting calf while the supporting leg is bent naturally.

    Hopefully you will feel the effects of the methodology of transferring weight while shifting foot (feet) positions. This is a process that allows you to adjust the relationship of the feet to the body, as well as prime the muscles that are propelling or driving the movement sir. It can be difficult to understand the written description but I think you'll do fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by punkmonkey View Post
    It's probably more that the details required to do that transition is prohibitively complex to describe in print and should be demonstrated/coached by a knowledgeable instructor.
    Right on the money Bill.
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    . Yes and to do just that would be incorrect.
    Good to see you back, Doc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Dragon View Post
    That the manual is not specific about how to do the stance changes from horse to forward bow etc, could this mean that the issue was neglected or left to the individual practitioner to solve? Even on Larry Tatum's otherwise great DVD on sets, you just don't see what the feet are doing during those moves...
    None of the manuals or DVD's made by anyone I know of is specific about "how" to do anything. Lot's of "whats" but no mechanical "hows."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Dragon View Post
    Good to see you back, Doc.

    Would you please enlighten us seekers in the dark?
    See below. Not sure if I'm "back" but I'm trying for sure. Thanks I appreciate it sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    See below. Not sure if I'm "back" but I'm trying for sure.
    No matter how hard I try, I don't see anything below your post other than your usual quotes. So are you trying to give me some puzzling Zen or Yoda style answer? I would really appreciate your explanation what the feet are supposed to do in Blocking Set 2. And I did empty my cup...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Dragon View Post
    No matter how hard I try, I don't see anything below your post other than your usual quotes. So are you trying to give me some puzzling Zen or Yoda style answer? I would really appreciate your explanation what the feet are supposed to do in Blocking Set 2. And I did empty my cup...



    I mean it.
    Check my replay to michaeledward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    Check my replay to michaeledward.
    So, when turning to the right with the universal block or low/high parry, I move the right foot to a neutral bow, then I swivel on the left foot to form a forward bow? Is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Dragon View Post
    So, when turning to the right with the universal block or low/high parry, I move the right foot to a neutral bow, then I swivel on the left foot to form a forward bow? Is that correct?
    Yes, and know. When it comes to footwork, or more properly leg work, everything must be specific to get the proper effect. "Move" is a subject word or term and may be accomplished in multiple ways. Some good but mostly really bad for structure and anatomical congruency of purpose.

    Specifically:

    To move to your right into a forward bow from a horse stance, transfer your weight momentarily to your right foot to get your left foot off the floor.

    Explode onto your left foot now raising your right knee lifting your right foot off the floor, and placing it firmly in the neutral bow position planting the heel with a "thud."

    Utilize the energy of planting the right foot to pivot on your left foot into a right forward bow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    Yes, and know. When it comes to footwork, or more properly leg work, everything must be specific to get the proper effect. "Move" is a subject word or term and may be accomplished in multiple ways. Some good but mostly really bad for structure and anatomical congruency of purpose.

    Specifically:

    To move to your right into a forward bow from a horse stance, transfer your weight momentarily to your right foot to get your left foot off the floor.

    Explode onto your left foot now raising your right knee lifting your right foot off the floor, and placing it firmly in the neutral bow position planting the heel with a "thud."

    Utilize the energy of planting the right foot to pivot on your left foot into a right forward bow.
    Cool. I will try this.

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    Stepping the way Doc instructed (that is, setting what is going to be the front foot in the forward stance back) results in moving backwards from the original position. While setting the back foot to the front, as Michael suggested in my Blocking Set 2 thread, makes me move forwards. However, this will be compensated by stepping back from the crane stance into a forward bow so that I end up where I started. Whereas taking Doc's approach, I end up considerably behind my original position.

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    For what it's worth. I agree with your observations.

    However, I will point out in the description offered by Mr. Chapel, the decision as to where to plant the left foot is apparently undefined. You would only move backward if your decide to plant the left (back foot) in the same location.

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