Brian's Kenpo Page - Kenpo Forms and Sets
Kenpo Forms and Sets
In Parker Kenpo, forms are our dictionary of motion, a resource into the art
of Kenpo. Forms also show us that anything we can do with our hands, we can
also do with our feet.
Forms begin and end with the Formal Salutation
- Attention Stance, right
arm out to right side, elbow bent at 90 degrees, fist up, palm forward.
Left arm straight out to side, hand open, palm forward.
- Right foot forward into a Right Front Twist
stance as left hand comes around to meet right hand in meditating
position (body facing 3:00).
- Left foot steps forward into left Cat Stance
while extending arms and opening hands (downward) so that the backs
of hands are together.
- Turn hands down toward body, into fists as left foot steps back.
Right foot back, feet together, while pulling hands into waist.
- While stepping to left into Horse Stance,
open hands, circle hands outward to side and up over head creating a
triangle with index fingers and thumbs.
- Slowly moving triangle down, meditating hands, praying hands, up to
The Formal Salutation has a poem that goes along with it. I've heard
slightly different variations, but the general theme is the same. You'll
notice that the phrases actually go with moves of the Formal Salutation.
We the warriors and the scholars come together
to go forth, back to back to pull our country together.
We are unarmed, we conceal our weapons
and pray for forgiveness if we are forced to use them.
The first 4 forms (Short & Long 1, Short & Long 2) are drill forms
showing us methods and motion. Forms 3-6 are technique forms. Form 7 is also
a technique form, but it's running techniques using sticks. At this time I
know nothing about form 8. The colored balls indicate the belt for which
each form/set is required.
My notes page has additional form information.
Short 1 - Drill form - Blocking while retreating
Long 1 - Drill form - Blocking & countering while retreating
Short 2 - Drill form - Blocking & countering while advancing
Long 2 - Drill form - Blocking & countering w/multiple strikes while advancing
Short 3 - Technique form - defenses against grabs, hugs and holds
Long 3 - Technique form - defenses against grabs, hugs and holds - left & right sides
Form 4 - Technique form - the longest and most complex form
Form 5 - Technique form - techniques involving takedowns
Form 6 - Technique form - techniques involving weapons (constant motion form)
Form 7 - Double Kali-stick form
Form 8 - Double dagger form
Bo Staff Form
Thesis Form - Multiple Attack Thesis Form
Blocking Set #1
Kicking Set #1
Finger Set #1
Coordination Set #1
Strike Set #1
Stance Set #1
Coordination Set #2
Blocking Set #2
Strike Set #2
Stance Set #2
Kicking Set #2
Finger Set #2
Two Man Set
The Book Set
Forms & Sets