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Kenpo: Breaking From a Full Nelson

The full-nelson is a difficult move to escape.   As both arms are locked in an upward position and the head is pushed down it can be difficult to move without a level of strain. Likewise, the lock makes it difficult to move at all unless your attacker desires to move you there.   Speed and strength are needed together to change the situation. That doesn’t mean all is lost. Both moves engage the strength of the arms in quick motion to counter power the position. One tries to inflict pain on the foot and the other on the finger.   Both are an attempt to release the lock.   Once the lock is broken other things are possible.  Full Nelson-A (Opponent has full nelson on both arms and head) -Stamp on opponents right foot with your right foot. -Raise your arms into the air. -Bend both knees and drop down while crashing your arms in the downward direction to break hold. -Grab opponent’s upper right hand with both hands (wrist lock with thumbs on top). -Spin to the righ

Kenpo as a Self-Defense and Fitness Sport

Kenpo is a street technique and self-defense sport. It has a number of benefits that include self-defense, agility, speed, and fitness. A healthy lifestyle includes being well rounded in a number of areas. This includes intellectual activities, artistic creation, spiritual engagement, sports, social engagement, civic engagement, and general fitness. This helps in fostering well rounded ability and perspective.  We sometimes think that such things are for the very young but we cannot stop there. What we teach the youth is also important throughout our lives and helps us find a balance. We know that many people have a hard time staying committed to workout routines. There is some stress for people who have to go to the gym and find that exercise is boring. By incorporating various sporting activities you can engage in cross training. The background of the sport is beneficial to understand. Kenpo was popularized by Ed Parker from Hawaii in the 1960-70’s. He adjusted the system