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Leveraged Talons

Leveraged: To use a fulcrum

Talons: Two-handed grab to the wrist or wrists


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be in front of you. He attacks by having his right hand grab your left wrist and his left hand grabs your right wrist.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward into a Left Neutral Bow Stance (facing 12:00). As you step forward, circle both of your arms clockwise having them travel under, around, and over your opponent's right wrist. This explosive action should continue to circle around then diagonally down toward your right hip.

2. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance (facing 12:00). Deliver a Left Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's left temple and a Right Thrusting Vertical Punch to his sternum.

3. Deliver a Right Upward Outward Diagonal Back Knuckle to your opponent's right temple. Have your Left Hand Check and press down against your opponent's right arm.

4. Deliver a Right Knee to inside of your opponent’s right leg and Plant Forward into a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 12:00) as you deliver a Right Downward Elbow to your opponent's upper back.

5. Deliver a Right Downward Outward Hammer Fist to your opponent’s right kidney.

6. Immediately circle your right arm counterclockwise and deliver a Right Hammering Forearm to the right side of your opponent’s neck.

7. Left Cross Behind towards 3:00 into a Left Rear Twist Stance (facing 1:30). 

8. Right Step Back toward 1:30 into a Right Reverse Bow Stance while delivering a Right Buckle to the inside of your opponent's left leg. Execute a Right Pressing Check to the opponents neck.

9. Perform a Right 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):

Leveraged Talons

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Desperate Falcons

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Crossing the Lock

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Snapping Chain

*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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