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 Techniques from Taroze Vizier




Techniques from Taroze Vizier




Sensei Taroze VizierI received the following techniques from Sensei Taroze Vizier, my second Kempo instructor in California before I came back to Omaha for good. I found them again in the spring of 2006 (12 years later). I remember her giving me these techniques that were on twenty-four sheets of paper (that looked like copies from somewhere) in a manila envelope, and it seemed like she was being kind of secretive about doing it.

I retyped and laid out these techniques exactly as I received them in 1994 except for a couple of adjustments in commas, etc., and word here and there, then gave the original papers to a long-time student and assistant instructor of mine, Seth Tipton, on April 10, 2006 in the same manila envelope so that he may pass them on to one of his students in the future.

I thought, for historical reasons, that I would share these techniques to give you an idea of how some Kempo techniques are performed and to give other Kempo practitioners an opportunity to view and practice different techniques. Though all of these techniques are not really taught in my schools in their entirety, they are just a different variation of movements that I teach. Sensei Vizier had given them to me because she had wanted me to continue my knowledge in Kempo and she truly cared about my training.

Table of Contents

    #   Name

  1. Triple Punch
  2. Box Step
  3. Tiger Grabs His Opponent
  4. Roundhouse Elbows
  5. Dragon Spins
  6. Evading Leopard
  7. Leopard Attacks Vital Areas
  8. Raking Tiger
  9. Crescent Backfist
  10. Whipping Tail of the Dragon
  11. Rolling Shuto
  12. Spinning Wheel
  13. Smashing Elbows of the Leopard
  14. Snow Leopard
  15. Dragon’s Tail
  16. Tiger Climbs the Mountain
  17. 5 Shaolin Hands
  18. Dueling Swords of Death

  19. Breaking the Snake’s Fangs
  20. Falling Stone
  21. Deadly Dance
  22. Leaping Crane
  23. Six Hands

 

KEMPO NO. 1

TRIPLE PUNCH

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half moon stance, right foot back, outward block with left hand (#2 block).
  • Right front punch to face.
  • Left front punch to solar plexus.
  • Right front punch to groin.
  • Step back, on guard.

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KEMPO NO. 2

BOX STEP

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half moon stance, right foot back, box step forward with right foot, while performing an inward block with right hand (#3 block).
  • Follow with right inverted hammer to groin (left hand in check position), followed by right backfist to attackers face.
  • Step back, on guard.

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KEMPO NO. 3

TIGER GRABS HIS OPPONENT

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half moon stance, right foot back, outward block with left hand (#2 block), and grab arm with left hand.
  • Right front ball kick to abdomen, and step in with right foot while performing right palm heel strike to attacker’s face (pull arm forward while striking with palm heel; push pull).
  • Sweep attacker’s front foot forward (toward you), and attacker will fall down.
  • Step back, on guard.

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KEMPO NO. 4

ROUNDHOUSE ELBOWS

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half moon stance, right foot back, outward block with left hand (#2 block).
  • Step in with right foot (while holding attacker’s arm with left hand) and perform right roundhouse elbow to attacker’s head.
  • While still holding on to attacker’s arm with left hand, strike attacker’s face with right driving elbow [there is a ripping effect by pulling left hand and striking with right elbow].
  • Wrap right arm around attacker’s neck (in headlock position) and step back with right foot (pulling attacker forward).
  • Dropping left elbow to attacker’s back.
  • Circle with left arm in counter-clockwise motion so that right and left hands meet under attacker’s throat (still in headlock).
  • Step forward with left foot to attacker’s opposite leg, turn, and roll attacker’s head backward onto your left shoulder (breaking attacker’s neck).
  • Step back, on guard.

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KEMPO NO. 5

DRAGON SPINS

  • Attacker punches in.
  • Left inward block (No.4), while spinning in clockwise motion, and perform right elbow to attacker’s kidney.
  • Follow with left palm heel strike to attacker’s head; grab attacker’s hair with left hand, and perform right shuto strike to side of attacker’s neck.
  • Step back, on guard.

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KEMPO NO. 6

EVADING LEOPARD

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half moon stance, step to left side while performing left inward block (#4 block); grab attacker’s arm with left hand.
  • Left side blade kick to attacker’s ribs, steeping down with left leg past attacker’s front leg.
  • Right thrust punch to attacker’s temple, followed by left shuto to attacker’s throat.
  • On guard.

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KEMPO NO. 7

LEOPARD ATTACKS VITAL AREAS

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half moon stance, step forward with right foot and perform a simultaneous #2 block with left hand together with a right side hammer to the right side of attacker’s head.
  • Right rising elbow to attacker’s chin, followed by a right dropped backfist to attacker’s face.
  • Follow with a right inverted hammer to attacker’s groin (left hand should be in a check position protecting face).
  • Right side blade kick to attacker’s knee.
  • Step back, on guard.

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KEMPO NO. 8

RANKING TIGER

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half moon stance, perform right instep kick to attacker’s groin, ending in a half moon stance with right foot forward.
  • Right rolling tiger raking attacker’s face, followed by left rolling tiger raking attacker’s face.
  • Step back with right foot, and draw into a cat stance (with left foot forward), while performing rolling tiger raking attacker’s face, followed by left rolling tiger ranking attacker’s face.
  • On guard from cat stance position.

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KEMPO NO. 9

CRESCENT BACKFIST

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half moon position, perform right outward block (#2 block), and grab attacker’s arm with left hand.
  • Lower attacker’s extended arm, and perform right crescent kick to side of attacker’s head (your left hand is still holding on to attacker’s arm).
  • With right leg still over attacker’s arm, perform right backfist to side of attacker’s head.
  • Step back, on guard.

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KEMPO NO. 10

WHIPPING TAIL OF THE DRAGON

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half moon position, perform right outward block (#1 block), and grab attacker’s arm with left hand.
  • Lower attacker’s extended arm, and perform right crescent kick to side of attacker’s head.
  • Switch hands (so that you are now grabbing his arm with right hand), while turning (back facing attacker, feet together).
  • Perform left back kick to solar plexus, then back into crane, turn, face attacker, on guard.

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KEMPO NO. 11

ROLLING SHUTO

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half moon position, perform left inward block.
  • Follow with right shuto to attacker’s collarbone.
  • Left cross-hand shuto to attacker’s throat.
  • Right driving shuto to attacker’s face.
  • Step back, on guard.

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KEMPO NO. 12

SPINNING WHEEL

  • Attacker punches in.
  • Bring right foot back into side horse stance while performing left inward block.
  • Continue spinning clockwise, and strike attacker’s back with right elbow.
  • With back to attacker, grab his shoulder with left hand, and pull down while hocking with right leg (throwing him down).
  • Right front punch to face.
  • Cross, cover, on guard.

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KEMPO NO. 13

SMASHING ELBOWS OF THE LEOPARD

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half moon stance (right foot back) pull back into cat stance (left foot forward), while performing iron fortress block-- left hand should be in a fist (rican strike to bicep).
  • Step forward with left foot while striking attacker’s face with a glancing palm-heel strike.
  • Grab back of attacker’s head with left foot while striking attacker’s face with a glancing palm-heel strike.
  • While still holding back of head with left hand, rotate right arm in clockwise motion, and strike attacker’s groin with right ridge hand.
  • Rotate hips to the right, and use your left knee (behind attacker’s front [right] leg), to take attacker down to the ground on his knee (still holding back of head with left hand).
  • Perform right roundhouse elbow to attacker’s face.
  • On guard.

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KEMPO NO. 14

SNOW LEOPARD

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From a half-moon stance (left foot forward), step forward with left leg (like DM #3), while performing right glancing forearm across attacker’s abdomen (snow leopard strike).
  • Follow with a left glancing forearm across attacker’s abdomen (snow leopard strike).
  • Follow with a right upward glancing forearm strike to attacker’s collarbone (between his head and his extended arm).
  • Perform left glancing forearm across attacker’s throat, while retracting right arm to trap attacker’s arm against your body (push-pull effect on attacker’s extended arm--breaking arm).
  • Hock attacker down with the left leg moving forward and left arm moving back (attacker falls).
  • Turn and face attacker, and drop to one knee over attacker.
  • Perform simultaneous right dropping elbow together with left forward knife hand (this has a cutting effect) across attacker’s abdomen).
  • Follow with simultaneous left dropping elbow together with right forward knife hand (this has a cutting effect) across attacker’s abdomen).
  • Step back.
  • On guard.

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KEMPO NO. 15

DRAGON’S TAIL

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half-moon stance, perform left upward block (control arm with left hand), while performing right thrust punch to solar plexus, then a right inverted leopard’s paw to attacker’s armpit.
  • With right foot, half-moon forward past attacker, bring attacker’s arm down to your left side, and perform a left hook kick to attacker’s solar plexus.
  • Step down with left leg (still controlling attacker’s left arm), rotate attacker’s arm over the top of your head toward your right side, and hock attacker down with right leg.
  • Maintain control of attacker’s arm with both hands, and use right foot in attacker’s armpit to control attacker on ground.
  •  Step back.
  • On guard.

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KEMPO NO. 16

TIGER CLIMBS MOUNTAIN

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half-moon stance, right foot back, draw back into a cat stance, while performing a right circular (overhead) downward palm block to attacker’s wrist.
  • Follow with a left circular (overhead) downward block (striking with your forearm) on attacker’s forearm.
  • Follow with a right circular (overhead) downward palm heel strike to the bridge of attacker’s nose.
  • Grab attacker’s hair with right hand, and pull forward, while sweeping attacker’s front leg (on his shin) with your right leg [taking attacker down], and return your right leg back into crane.
  •  Right side blade kick to attacker’s kidney.
  • Turn hips clockwise 90 degrees, and perform left dropping palm heel strike to back of attacker’s head (driving attacker’s face into the ground).
  • Step back, on guard.

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KEMPO NO.17

5 SHAOLIN HANDS

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half-moon stance, right foot back, perform left iron fortress block.
  • Left palm heel strike to attacker’s face.
  • Right backfist to attacker’s solar plexus.
  • Left cross-hand shuto strike to attacker’s throat.
  • Right palm heel strike to attacker’s throat.
  • Left outside circular chicken wrist to attacker’s temple.
  • Right outside circular ridge hand to attacker’s temple.
  • Step back, on guard.

    (This should be done in a very flowing motion.)

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KEMPO NO. 18

DUELING SWORDS OF DEATH

 

  • Attacker punches in.
  • From half-moon stance, pull back into modified cat stance (right foot back), while parrying the strike with left hand into trap with right hand (like DM no. 23), drawing attacker’s hand in.
  • Step out with left foot while performing double crossing shuto strikes across attacker’s body (counter clockwise motion).
  •  Perform double crossing shuto strikes across attacker’s back (clockwise motion), together with your right knee to the back of attacker’s forward knee (taking attacker down) [there is a total of 3 simultaneous strikes].
  • Continue stepping forward with left leg (in clockwise direction), and continuing around with right leg (in clockwise direction) so that you end up in horse stance facing attacker.
  • Right downward shuto strike to back of attacker’s neck, followed by a left downward shuto strike to attacker’s neck.
  • Left upward shuto strike to attacker’s throat, followed by a right ridge hand to attacker’s throat.
  • Step back, on guard.

    (This should be done in a loose, flowing motion.)

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KEMPO NO. 29

BREAKING THE SNAKE’S FANGS

  • Attacker punches in.
  • Use left hand to trap attacker’s arm with an inward motion, while you perform a right hammer strike to attacker’s bicep (a double strike).
  • Drive forward with right driving shuto strike to attacker’s neck, and continue around the back of attacker’s neck and pull attacker forward (onto the ground, while stepping back with your right foot into a side horse stance).
  •          (attacker is now laying on the ground, face down)

    1. With right rican strike, strike attacker in spine at C7 (between shoulder blades), then at C5, then at C3. (There should be three rapid, continuous strikes.) The effect of this is to drive the attacker’s “chi” towards his head.
    2. Grab attacker’s head with left hand and pull up, while striking the bridge of attacker’s nose with a downward palm heel strike.
    3. With right tiger’s claw, rake upwards on attacker’s face (lifting his head up again).
    4. Follow with a right driving palm heel strike to back of attacker’s head (in the soft part of the skull), driving his face into the ground.
    5. Step back.
    6. On guard.

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KEMPO NO. 31

FALLING STONE

  • Attacker punches in.
  • Both arms cross in an inward motion, re-directing attacker’s strike.
  • Both arms immediately cross back in an outward motion (either flicking attacker’s eyes or cross-shuto hands to throat). The purpose is to stun the attacker.
  • Grab inside of attacker’s pant legs with each hand (around the knee area) and pull his legs “in” and “up” toward you while butting attacker in the stomach with your head (resulting in a push pull effect). Attacker falls.
  • Drop entire body weight on attacker, with your knees inside attacker’s knees (or inner thigh area) –pressing apart attacker’s legs. Your back should be as straight as possible.
  • Double ricons to just above both of attacker’s knees.
  • Right thrust punch to attacker’s groin.
  • Rise up and perform right stomp kick to attacker’s solar plexus. (Attacker’s head rises.)
  • Step with right foot forward to just above attacker’s shoulder (to the right of his head).
  • Strike attacker in the head with your left knee, and continue through; turn and face attacker; on guard.

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4/5/94
KEPO NO. 37

DEADLY DANCE

  • Attacker punches in.
  • Iron fortress block with extended left arm, so that the left hand strikes attacker’s bicep with rican strike.
  • Step in with left foot (right foot is back) while striking attacker’s face with front punch.
  • Follow with right back fist to solar plexus, followed by right shuto strike to throat.
  • Perform jumping right front ball kick to attacker’s groin, while switching foot positions (left foot is now back).
  • Left leg hawk to outside of attacker’s front leg (keep left leg in “up” position).
  • Dropping right knee to attacker’s groin.
  • Right blade kick to attacker’s throat.
  • Step back; on guard.

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10/7/93
KEMPO NO. 38

LEAPING CRANE

  • Attacker punches in.
  • Parry block attacker’s strike with left hand, while hopping at a 45 degree angle to left, landing on left leg, right leg up in crane position.
  • While performing the above maneuver, strike attacker with right glancing phoenix strike across attacker’s ribs. (Hands should end up with left hand in a defensive blocking / parry position—protecting right side of body—right hand should end up in fist coiled up on right side of body).
  • From crane position, right side blade kick to back of attacker’s knee, together with right back fist to attacker’s kidney.
  • Step down with right foot and deliver simultaneous right shuto strike to back of neck and left thrust punch to spine.
  • Grab attacker’s chin with right hand, and the back of his head with left hand. Twist attacker’s head clockwise (breaking neck).
  • Follow through with right hand high, and immediately deliver a right shuto hand to attacker’s throat. (This should be a continuous, flowing maneuver.)
  • Cross right foot over left, stepping back.
  • On guard.

Note: This kempo should not be performed in a “choppy” motion. It should be flowing, relaxed, continuous.

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KEMPO NO. 39

SIX HANDS

  • Attacker punches in.
  • Step to right (like combination # 20).
  • Double shuto hands to attacker’s bicep and forearm.
  • Turn clockwise into a left palm heel strike to attacker’s face, and continue to rake attacker’s face (eyes) in downward motion.
  • Rotate body counter-clockwise into a right back punch to solar plexus.
  • Snake back of left hand behind and around attacker’s neck, Chinese soft step back with left foot, bringing attacker down.
  • While performing above maneuver, right arm should swing around counter-clockwise into a full shuto hand, striking back of attacker’s neck as he is going down.
  • Right side blade kick to attacker’s jaw after he hits the ground.
  • Half moon back with right foot, half moon back with left foot.
  • On guard.

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