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Crossed Restraints

Crossed: A maneuver that crosses

Restraints: Hold from the back


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be grabbing both of your wrists from the rear in an effort to restrain you. His right hand grabs your right wrist and his left hand grabs your left wrist.

Defense Pattern

1. Left Step Forward towards 12:00 into a Left Transitional Neutral Bow Stance as you Counter Grab both of your opponent’s wrists.

2. Pivot clockwise into a Right Neutral Bow Stance (facing 6:00). Deliver a Right Obscure Elbow to the right side of your opponent’s face then Pull your opponent’s right arm across and on top of your opponent’s left arm.

3. Release your opponent’s right arm and loop your right arm counterclockwise then deliver a Right Inward Downward Elbow to the upper spine of your opponent.

4. Deliver a Right Downward Heel Palm to your opponent’s left kidney and a Left Downward Heel Palm to your opponent’s right kidney.

5. Deliver a Left Knee to your opponent’s liver or right ribcage.

6. Plant Back toward 12:00 then perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 12:00.

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):

Crossed Restraints

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Crossed Twigs

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Shackle Break

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Shackle Break

*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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