Long Form 3 The second technique form follows directly in the footsteps of Short Form 3. It too is a form designed against a variety of grabs but also includes regrabs and other isolation portions within to illustrate a variety of areas not normally covered in techniques.

This form does repeat many of the techniques found in Short Form 3, like Destructive Twins, Crashing Wings, Crossing Talon, and Wings of Silk but adds many more techniques throughout the course of the form.

Long Form 3 is also not traditional in that it is known as the two-horse form and uses parallel lines to get from one horse stance to another. At each end of the parallel lines you will move off into a variety of angles executing a variety of techniques.

The first technique is Destructive Twins and it is executed on both sides (as this is a long form). After you pivot and execute the front hand punch, you are grabbed again. The design is to have you rotate your forearm (get your hand on top) so your palm is face up and pull away from your attacker's hand using the thumb as the weak joint. Then reverse the circle and frictional pull down on your attacker's arm. Cut the circle in half as you punch again to your attacker's ribs. This next part has been taught as a second grab. We could do the same thing, but we're showing off here in this form. We are going to do something different. This time, we will simply snatch it back towards our chest like we were bringing it back to hit them. And, of course, hit them with a backfist. And of course, repeat this on the opposite side.

The next techniques are a combination of three. After Destructive Twins we will step into a front horse stance. Our goal is to do Crashing Wings, but since we are already in a horse stance with out hands low we have to adjust the usual method of executing that technique. We need to drop further into a horse stance to get the advantage of marriage of gravity that a horse stance provides. As we drop into a elephant stance, as Mr. Huk Planas would like to say, our hands have to do double time, going high and then crashing back down as the wings they need to be. We conclude the technique as normal as can be and then are grabbed again, possibly a second attacker. The counter is to do the step and outward overhead elbow move of Dominating Circles, going back to that elephant stance, then doing the takedown move from Tripping Arrow, throwing them over your hip to 3 o'clock. When you come back to your elephant stance, make sure you show a return to a horse stance. If you sneak the wide stance back it will look like a mistake; but we've done this on purpose, so bring it back on purpose. The isolation is against a double wrist grab from the front. We punch down to get our arms extended and roll up using the attacker's thumbs to break the grab and execute double vertical back knuckles possibly striking your attacker. And then its into the elephant stance and Crashing Wings on the opposite side. When you are finished, you will repeat the isolation just done and execute another one. This part of the isolation is to use a thumb grab to wrench your attacker's hands off your waist.

The section that follows Crashing Wings and the final isolation is the first of the parallel lines that run from 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock. Parting Wings is the first technique and the transition between the two techniques teaches students how to properly use the step-switch. In Parting Wings, you step into your attacker with the step-switch, which is the wrong thing to do. It is correctly shown later with Repeated Devastation.

Glancing Spear follows Parting Wings; the difference between this technique and the form version is in the check. In the technique, your left hand checks on top of your attacker's hand to glance off of. In the form, there is no check. The reason is simply to see where you learned the technique from. If you were taught or teach the stand-alone technique to not have the check, you are doing the form's version, which is not "correct" as far as teaching the American Kenpo curriculum.

After Glancing Spear, we head into our rear horse stance where we spend a majority of our time. We start with an isolation dubbed as two techniques: Pinned Wing and Controlled Wing. After the isolation, you complete Crossing Talon twice to 12 o'clock and head off into the four angles of X doing techniques like Thrusting Wedge and Blinding Sacrifice. Wings of Silk on both sides follows this in order to complete the 9 o'clock - 3 o'clock line from the rear horse stance. Then we complete Repeated Devastation, which is where we learn the proper way to do a step-switch.

Desperate Falcons takes us up the other line to give us our parallel lines. It also takes us back up to the where the front horse stance was located so we can close out of the form in nearly the same spot it began. One thing to notice on Desperate Falcons is that the wrist lock used is nearly identical as the one used in Glancing Spear. It's just that we are moving forward instead of backwards.

What this form offers:

It is a continuation of what Short Form 3 initiated in defending and reacting to a variety of grabs. Long Form 3 teaches you how to be stable as you move between a variety of angles and techniques. This form also teaches you a variety of responses to grabs that are not necessarily taught in techniques.