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Leveraged Claw

Leveraged: To use a fulcrum

Claw: One-handed grab to the wrist


The Ideal attack requires that your opponent starts in front of you. They steps forward with their left foot as they apply a direct grab to your right wrist with their left hand.

Defense Pattern

1. Right Step Forward toward 12:00 (inside of your opponent's left foot) into a Right Neutral Bow Stance while circling your left hand (palm in) counterclockwise, under, and to the outside of your opponent's left wrist. At the same time, circle your right hand (palm in) clockwise toward your chest.

2. Circle your right hand counterclockwise creating a fulcrum that ends in a Wrist Lock to your opponent’s left wrist.

3. Left Hand Counter Grab to your opponent's left wrist as you break your right wrist free and deliver a Right Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's left ribcage.

4. Deliver a Right Inward Elbow to your opponent's left ribcage followed immediately by a Right Outward Elbow to your opponent's left ribcage.

5. Left Gauging Step toward your opponent and deliver a Right Outward Back Knuckle to your opponent's left ribcage.

6. Right Step Back toward 12:00 into a Right Reverse Bow Stance while delivering a Right Buckle to the inside of your opponent's left leg.

7. Circle your right arm counterclockwise and deliver a Right Inward Downward Forearm to the right side of your opponent's neck.

8. Deliver a Right Knee to your opponent's face.

9. Plant Forward toward 7:30 into a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 4:30.

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):

Bearhug Free In Front

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Gripping Talon

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Grasping Talon

*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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