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Leveraged Guard

Leveraged: To use a fulcrum

Guard: Lock from the back


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent be attacking from the rear. He is applying a hammerlock to your right arm with his right hand (palm up).

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Back toward 4:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance as you execute a Right Hand Counter Grab to your opponent's right wrist.

2. Pivot counterclockwise into a Left Neutral BowStance (facing 6:00) while delivering a Left Outward Elbow to your opponent's jaw.

3. Circle your left arm over then under (counterclockwise) your opponent's right elbow securing a Left Arm Bar then pivot to your right (toward 10:30) into a Right Forward Bow Stance.

4. Deliver a Right Heel Palm to the back of your opponent's neck and a Left Heel Palm to the right side of your opponent's back as you execute a Right Step Back toward 4:30 into a Left Reverse Bow Stance.

5. Deliver a Right Knee to your opponent's chest.

6. Plant Forward toward 10:30 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance while pushing your opponent off of your right knee and onto the ground.

7. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 6:00.

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):

Leveraged Guard

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Locked Wing

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Locking Arm

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Locking the Arm

*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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