...it actually sounds like a need for a more qualified instructor in your Martial Path or whom ever you are speaking for. Techniques like 'Sword & Hammer' aren't that hard to fiqure as to how it found itself into the Kenpo System but research who really might of put it there and for what reason during that era.
Next in all due respect to your long read over this over reading the art as a Fix All system or a Magic Wand waved to solve your need for either Street surival or some other purpose, please re-visit the concept of being a new 'Black Belt' student under a qualified or more
respectfully 'Experienced' carrier of the Kenpo Flame who can better explain what your in search of or in question.
There are decades of Seniors out there who are still around and capable of telling you how this was a formula of 'Drills',and a tool box of choices against fixed attacks or threats to teach as well as demonstrate methods to escape, or in some cases conquer a bad situation.
My question to you or anyone willing is take for example the first strike in 'Sword and Hammer'..where is the strike to go? and then what is the effect? Now say to yourself the second strike to the groin...,will that even be needed even by a new white belt trying to earn his/her Yellow Belt? hmm....now re-visit 'Falcons of Force' or 'Obscured Sword' as related moves and then you come up with a intelligent answer. We are very target specific and we choose a method of delivery with Weapons meeting their targets even with Margin for error.
In reading Clyde's post about Firearms, I have to say he is correct in the mind set we must explore, train and understand the use of and it's function. We do have Gun techniques don't we? with that study the use of Knives, Clubs and other weapons as well if your going to defend against them. Learn how to add it to your own arsenal.
In our organization we remind students and instructors that Kenpo is this huge puzzle for you to find 'Self Discovery' and free thinking. Also like a mechanic who has a Tool box with many drawers with different layers of needed tools. Now, how often does the bottom drawer with tools get used in comparison to the top drawer? Just a thought....then you would say, it is used well enough to have available just in case you need it even if it is only once in awhile....enjoy the Journey in Kenpo and all styles/systems as a place to discover, test, and self evaluate!
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