Self Defense Techniques
This is the area in which you can find the biggest differences among Ed Parker's Kenpo schools, mainly in number and the order in which techniques are taught. Thus, while there're schools in Spain teaching 55 numbered techniques for the black belt exam, tere are others which teach 254 counting preliminary, techniques, techniques and techniques extensions. It's my opinion that extensions don't teach anything new to techniques and once a certain level is reached it's our ouw creativity the one that comes into play.

In this page we'll list the order in which they're taught in the IKKA, plus some techniques from other schools. Degree requirements were stablished by Parker in his book "Infinite Insights into Kenpo", even though before his death he was testing a new system with 16 techniques per belt instead of 24, except for brown degrees with 20 techniques each.

You can find descriptions of each technique in Michael Billing'sBrian's and PC Wood's sites, among others. 
For a description of the terminology used in the techniques's names go to the glossary.

Preliminary techniques

Yellow belt

  1.     DELAYED SWORD - Right And Lapel Grab.
  2.     ALTERNATING MACES - Front Two Hand Push
  3.     SWORD OF DESTRUCTION - Left Straight Or Roundhouse Punch
  4.     DEFLECTING HAMMER - Right Front Thrust Kick
  5.     CAPTURED TWIGS - Rear Bear-Hug, Arms Pinned
  6.     GRASP OF DEATH - Left Flank Right Arm Headlock
  7.     CHECKING THE STORM - Right Step Through Overhead Club
  8.     MACE OF AGGRESSION - Two Hand Lapel Grab, Pulling In
  9.     ATTACKING MACE - Right Step Through Straight Punch
10.     SWORD AND HAMMER - Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab

Other techniques:

AGGRESSIVE TWINS - Front Two Hand Push
INTELLECTUAL DEPARTURE - Right Front Thrust Kick
DARTING LEAVES - Right Step Through Straight Punch

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Beginner techniques

Orange belt

  1.     CLUTCHING FEATHERS - Front Left Hand Hair Grab
  2.     TRIGGERED SALUTE - Front Right Hand Straight Punch
  3.     DANCE OF DEATH - Front Right Straight Punch
  4.     GIFT OF DESTRUCTION - Handshake
  5.     LOCKING HORNS - Front Headlock
  6.     LONE KIMONO - Front Left Hand Lapel Grab
  7.     GLANCING SALUTE - Front Right Hand Cross Push
  8.     FIVE SWORDS - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Punch
  9.     SCRAPING HOOF - Full Nelson
10.     CROSSING TALON - Front Right Hand Cross Wrist Grab
11.     GRIP OF DEATH - Left Flank Right Arm Headlock
12.     SHIELDING HAMMER - Front Left Step Through Hooking Punch
13.     THRUSTING SALUTE - Front Right Step Through Kick
14.     STRIKING SERPENT'S HEAD - Front Bear Hug, Arms Free
15.     LOCKING WINGS - Hammerlock
16.     OBSCURE WING - Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab
17.     REVERSING MACE - Front Left Step Through Straight Punch
18.     BUCKLING BRANCH - Front Left Step Through Kick
19.     THRUSTING PRONGS - Front Bear Hug, Arms Pinned
20.     TWISTED TWIG - Front Wrist Lock
21.     OBSCURE SWORD - Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab
22.     REPEATING MACE - Front Left Hand Push
23.     RAINING CLAW - Front Right Uppercut Punch
24.     CRASHING WINGS - Right Bear Hug, Arms Free

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Purple belt

25.     CAPTURED LEAVES - Right Flank Finger Lock
26.     EVADING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club
27.     TWIRLING WINGS - Rear Two-Hand Stiff-Arm Shoulder Grab
28.     SNAPPING TWIG - Front Left Hand Chest Push
29.     LEAPING CRANE - Front Right Step Through Punch
30.     CRUSHING HAMMERS - Rear Bear Hug, Arms Pinned
31.     CIRCLING WING - Rear Two Hand Choke, Arms Bent
32.     CALMING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club
33.     CHARGING RAM - Front Tackle
34.     PARTING WINGS - Front Two-Hand Push
35.     THUNDERING HAMMERS - Front Right Step Through Punch
36.     SQUEEZING THE PEACH - Rear Bear-Hug, Arms Pinned
37.     BOW OF COMPULSION - Front Wrist Lock Against Opponent's Chest
38.     OBSTRUCTING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club
39.     DARTING MACE - Front Two Hand Wrist Grab
40.     SHIELD AND SWORD - Front Left Step Through Punch
41.     SWINGING PENDULUM - Front Right Roundhouse Kick
42.     GIFT IN RETURN - Front Handshake
43.     CROSS OF DESTRUCTION - Rear Two Hand Choke
44.     TWIN KIMONO - Front Two Hand Lapel Grab, Push Out
45.     HOOKING WINGS - Front Two Hand Low Push
46.     SLEEPER - Front Right Front Step Through Straight Punch
47.     SPIRALING TWIG - Rear Bear Hug, Arms Free
48.     FLIGHT TO FREEDOM - Rear Hammerlock

Other technique:

SPREADING BRANCH - Rear Bear Hug, Arm Pinned

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Intermediate techniques

Blue belt

49.     BEGGING HANDS - Front Two Hand Grab To Wrists
50.     FLASHING WINGS - Front Right Step Through Punch
51.     REPEATED DEVASTATION - Full Nelson
52.     ENTANGLED WING - Front Arm Lock
53.     DEFYING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club
54.     RAKING MACE - Front Two Hand Lapel Grab, Pulling In
55.     THRUSTING WEDGE - Front Right Step Through Punch
56.     SHIELD AND MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch
57.     TRIPPING ARROW - Rear Two Hand Choke
58.     FALLEN CROSS - Rear Two Hand Choke
59.     RETURNING STORM - Front Inward Roundhouse And Backhand Club
60.     CROSSED TWIGS - Rear Two Hand Grabs To Wrist
61.     FLASHING MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch
62.     HUGGING PENDULUM - Front Right Thrusting Side Kick
63.     WINGS OF SILK - Rear Two Arm Hammerlock
64.     GATHERING CLOUDS - Front Right Step Through Punch
65.     GRIPPING TALON - Front Left Direct Right Wrist Grab
66.     SNAKING TALON - Front Two Hand Push
67.     CIRCLING THE HORIZON - Front Right Step Through Punch
68.     RETREATING PENDULUM - Front Right Thrusting Heel Kick
69.     GIFT OF DESTINY - Front Handshake
70.     DESTRUCTIVE TWINS - Front Two Hand Choke, Pulling In
71.     BROKEN RAM - Front Tackle
72.     TWIST OF FATE - Front Two Hand Push

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Green belt

73.     CIRCLING DESTRUCTION - Front Left Step Through Punch
74.     SQUATTING SACRIFICE - Rear Bear Hug, Arms Free
75.     ESCAPE FROM DEATH - Rear Right Arm Choke
76.     OBSCURE CLAW - Right Flank Left Hand Shoulder Grab
77.     CIRCLES OF PROTECTION - Front Right Step Through Overhead Punch
78.     HEAVENLY ASCENT - Front Two Hand Choke, Arms Straight
79.     BRUSHING THE STORM - Right Flank Right Step Trough Overhead Club
80.     MENACING TWIRL - Rear Left Hand Belt Grab
81.     TAMING THE MACE - Front Right Step Through Punch
82.     DETOUR FROM DOOM - Front Right Roundhouse Kick
83.     CROSS OF DEATH - Front Two Hand Cross Choke
84.     CAPTURING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Overhead Club
85.     CONQUERING SHIELD - Front Left Stiff Arm Lapel Grab
86.     ENCOUNTER WITH DANGER - Front Two  Hand Push
87.     KNEEL OF COMPULSION - Right Flank Right Step Through Punch
88.     CIRCLE OF DOOM - Front Right Straight Kick
89.     BROKEN GIFT - Handshake
90.     SECURING THE STORM - Front Right Step Through Roundhouse Club
91.     INTERCEPTING THE RAM - Front Tackle
92.     LEAP FROM DANGER - Rear Two Hand Push
93.     GLANCING WING - Front Left Uppercut Punch
94.     TWIRLING SACRIFICE - Full Nelson
95.     CLIPPING THE STORM - Front Right Thrusting Club
96.     BACK BREAKER - Right Flank Right Step Through Punch

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Advanced techniques

Brown belt

97.     GLANCING SPEAR - Front Right Direct Wrist Grab
98.     THRUST INTO DARKNESS - Rear Right Step Trough Punch
99.     CIRCLING FANS - Front Right And Left Front Straight Punch Combination
100.   ROTATING DESTRUCTION - Front Right Snap And Left Spinning Back-Kick
101.   FALCONS OF FORCE - Flank Left and Right Shoulder Grab By Two Men
102.   THE BEAR AND THE RAM - Front Right Punch And Rear Bear Hug, Arms Free
104.   DESPERATE FALCONS - Front Two Hand Grab To Both Wrists
105.   LEAP OF DEATH - Front Right Step Through Punch
106.   PROTECTING FANS - Front Right And Left Punch Combination With Opponents Left Leg Forward
107.   DECEPTIVE PANTHER - Combination Right Front Snap Kick (Low) And Right Roundhouse Kick (High)
108.   COURTING THE TIGER - Flank Left And Right Arm Grab By Two Opponents
109.   GATHERING THE SNAKES - Front Left Punch And Rear Right Punch By Two Men
111.   DOMINATING CIRCLES - Front Right Shoulder Grab By Opponent's Right Hand
112.   DESTRUCTIVE FANS - Left Flank Right Punch With Opponent's Right Leg Forward
113.   UNFURLING CRANE - Front Right And Left Punch Combination With Opponent's Right Leg Forward
114.   GRASPING EAGLES - Front Right Lapel Grab And Rear Right Arms Grab By Two Men
115.   PARTING OF THE SNAKES - Front Right Punch And Rear Attempt By Two Men
117.   BLINDING SACRIFICE - Front Two Hand Grab Or Choke
118.   SNAKES OF WISDOM - Flank Left And Right Shoulder Grabs By Two Men
120.   FALLING FALCON - Front Right Direct Lapel Grab

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Black belt

121.   FATAL CROSS - Front Two HandAttempted Grab Or Push
122.   TWIRLING HAMMERS - Front Left Step Trough Punch
123.   DEFENSIVE CROSS - Front Right Snap Kick
124.   DANCE OF DARKNESS - Front Right Kick Followed By A Right Punch
125.   MARRIAGE OF THE RAMS - Right and Left Shoulder Grabs (Close) By Two Men
126.   THE RAM AND THE EAGLE - Front Right Punch And Left Collar Grab By Two Men
127.   ESCAPE FROM THE STORM - Right Flank Right Overhead Club
128.   CIRCLING WINDMILLS - Front Two Hand Push Followed By A Right Punch
129.   DESTRUCTIVE KNEEL - Front Right Step Through Punch
130.   BOWING TO BUDDHA - Front Right Roundhouse Kick (While Kneeling On The Ground)
131.   REVERSING CIRCLES - Front Left Roundhouse Kick Followed By A Left Punch
132.   REPRIMANDING THE BEARS - Front Right Punch and Rear Bear-Hug By Two Men, Arms Free
133.   CIRCLING THE STORM - Front Right Club Thrust Or Poke
134.   UNFOLDING THE DARK - Left Step Through Punch From Right Rear Flank
135.   UNWINDING PENDULUM - Front Right Kick Followed By A Right Punch
137.   ESCAPE FROM DARKNESS - Right Punch From Right Side
139.   PRANCE OF THE TIGER - Right Flank Step Trough Uppercut Punch
141.   ENTWINED MACES - Front Right And Left Punch With Opponent's Left Leg Forward
143.   FATAL DEVIATION - Front Left And Right Punch With Opponent's Right Leg Forward

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Techniques against weapons

103.   RAINING LANCE - Front Right Step Through Overhead Knife
110.   GLANCING LANCE - Front Right Knife Thrust While your Arms Are Down
116.   TRUSTING LANCE - Front Right Knife Trust While Your Arms Are Down
119.   ENTWINED LANCE - Front Right Knife Thrust
136.   PIERCING LANCE - Front Right Knife Thrust While Your Arms Are Up
138.   CAPTURING THE ROD - Front Right Pistol Holdup (Against Your Chest)
140.   BROKEN ROD - Rear Right Hand Pistol
142.   DEFYING THE ROD - Front Right Pistol Holdup
144.   TWISTED ROD - Front Right Pistol Holdup

Other techniques:

UNFURLING LANCE - Right Front Knife Thrust
CLIPPING THE LANCE - Right Front Knife Thrust

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