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Crossed Death

Crossed: A maneuver that crosses

Death: Two-handed choke


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be to the front and he applies a cross choke.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Forward toward 12:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance buckling the inside of your opponent's right knee with your right knee. Execute a Left Pinning Check to your opponent's hands (making sure that greater pressure is on his upper hand). Deliver a Right Thrusting Forearm against your opponent's left elbow. Your right arm continues its motion ending with a Right Vertical Punch to your opponent's face.

2. Pivot into a Right Forward Bow Stance as you deliver a Left Uppercut Punch to your opponent's solar plexus or stomach. Right Pinning Check to your opponent’s wrists.

3. Execute a Left Outward Hooking Parry to the outside of your opponent's left elbow as you deliver a Right Inward Elbow to turn the opponents head clockwise. Without stoping the motion of your right arm deliver a Right Outward Palm Claw to the opponent’s face.

4. Left Cross Behind towards 3:00 into a Right Front Twist Stance as you right hand claws through the opponent’s face and continues a clockwise loop delivering a Right Inward Hammer Fist to the opponents spine or left kidney. At the same time deliver a Left Inward Heel Palm Claw to the opponents face forcing them to fall to the ground on their back.

5. Pivot counterclockwise and deliver a Left Back Heel Stomp to the opponents head or ribs.

6. Perform a Left Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 7:30.

Alternate Names

Though there are similarities between techniques named here the techniques taught in the different branches of the Kenpo family also have notable differences.

We know that each school presents information with a different style and signature that is uniquely associated with their staff and students. Always defer to the instructing staff at your school for guidance should there be any differences in the information being presented.

The American Institute of Kenpo (AIK):

Crossed Death

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Cross of Death

*The EPAKS system is copyrighted and all rights are reserved by the Parker Family.

Training Disclaimer

The American Institute of Kenpo (AIK) strongly recommends that all training be overseen by experienced and qualified instructors. Individuals choosing to train without the recommended oversight assume full liability for any and all injuries. In addition, those individuals engaging in training without the oversight of the American Institute of Kenpo’s (AIK’s) certified instructors will be doing so with the understanding and acknowledgment that they are waving subrogation and holding harmless the American Institute of Kenpo (AIK), it's members, and affiliates.

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