Blocking Set #1

Name: Blocking Set 1
Number of Sections: 2
Number of Moves: 12
Official (24 Tech) Location: Yellow
32 Tech Location:
16 Tech Location: Yellow
Accumulative Journal: Yellow

Blocking Set #1 is the first of all Kenpo Sets to be learned.  It is a very basic set that keeps you in place and using one arm at a time introduces you to some of the blocks of American Kenpo.  As you learn these blocks you also learn how to make your blocks flow from one into the next while being introduced to the Kenpo concept called ‘Point of Origin’.  At the midpoint you are introduced to moving both arms simultaneously or rather performing two actions at once.

That said it is important to remember that while performing this set on each side that you do not re-cock your arm between blocks.  Your next block begins where your previous block ended or rather you perform the block from the point of origin.

The Set

  • Opening:
    • Begin in a medative horse stance
    • Cock both hands at your hips.
  • Section 1: (Right Side)
    • Deliver a right upward block.
    • Deliver a right hammering inward block.
    • Deliver a right extended outward block.
    • Deliver a right outward downward block.
    • Deliver a right rear elbow block.
    • Deliver a right push-down block.
    • Chamber your right hand on your hip.
  • Section 2: (Left Side)
    • Deliver a left upward block.
    • Deliver a left hammering inward block.
    • Deliver a left extended outward block.
    • Deliver a left downward block.
    • Deliver a left rear elbow block.
    • Deliver a left push-down block.
    • Chamber your left hand on your hip.
  • Closing:
    • Cover your right fist with your left hand.
    • Close your meditative horse stance.


  • Right upward block for a left overhead club attack or chop.
  • Right inward block for a right punch to the body.
  • Right extended outward block for a left punch to the face.
  • Right outside downward block for a left kick to the groin
  • Right back elbow block for a left roundhouse kick to your right kidney.
  • Right push down block for a right knee kick to the groin.
  • Left blocks for attacks from opposite side.


  • Five (5) major blocks in addition to one (1) hidden block.
  • Sequence of blocks that preserve economy of motion.
  • Correct manner in which to use your major blocks.
  • Blocks that protect all three (3) “Zones of Protection”.
  • The execution of the major blocks in a stationary position.
  • Maximum cover of head and upper body areas.

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