Saturday, July 9, 2011

Way of the Warrior - The Kenpo "Inside Rule"

Well, I would imagine a photo like this would catch people's attention if they see it. What is the "Inside Rule"? It is an essential principle within the art of Kenpo Karate. It applies to a variety of positions, particularly when two oppoents face each other, face-to-face, and you find yourself on the "inside" of your opponents' loaded weapons. Essentially, the inside rule is about breaking down the height zone and cancelling any possible loaded weapons (natural weapons like a poised punch or kick) so you do not have to deal with them. If you notice, Nathan here got me in the eyes and about belt level with a kick. This simulatneous striking of multiple zones multiplies potential damage while taking away my solid base to stand on. Kenpo is a lot of things, and this is just one of many, many ideas that help hold up Kenpo motion. Nathan and I train these principles when we get together, and it just takes practice in executing and understanding them. I chose to talk about the 'inside rule' with this photo today. There are more ideas and things that could be talked about, but I am going to leave it at that for now. Please feel free to comment or ask questions.

Enjoy the photo and the information.


1 comment:

  1. Interesting thing about the Inside Rule is that it applies to the center line from the back too; and this picture seems to illustrate how defense is offense too.