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Escaping Vice

Escaping: To break free

Vice: Head lock or forearm choke


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts behind you and starts applying a right forearm choke around your throat. His left hand is assisting his right hand by grabbing his own right wrist to apply pressure.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Sideways toward 3:00 into a Horse Stance while you execute a Right Hand Check to your opponent’s right wrist. Deliver a Left Back Elbow to your opponent's solar plexus followed by a Left Back Hammer Fist to your opponent’s groin.

2. Left Step to a Left Transitional Cat Stance and deliver a Left Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent’s right ribcage.

3. Left Step Back toward 7:30 into a Right Closed Kneel Stance while you deliver a Right Inward Hammer Fist to your opponent’s groin and a Left Inward Hammer Fist to your opponent’s left kidney.

4. Circle your left arm over your opponent's right shoulder and deliver a Left Outward Claw to your opponent's face pushing their head back.

5. Pivot into a Left Forward Bow Stance (facing 7:30) and deliver a Right Heel Palm to your opponent's chin.

6. Deliver a Right Knee to the outside of your opponent's right thigh.

7. Plant Back toward 1:30 then perform a Left Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 1:30.

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):

Escaping Vice

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Escape from Death

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Japanese Stranglehold / Headlock

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

The Cub

*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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