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Leveraged Death

Leveraged: To use a fulcrum

Death: Two-handed choke


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be to the rear. He applies a two-handed choke.

Defense Pattern

1. Tuck your chin to your chest to protect your throat. Left Step Sideways toward 9:00 into a Horse Stance (facing 12:00). Grab both of your opponent’s wrists with both of your hands and Pull, hyperextending or dislocating your opponent’s thumbs against the back of your neck.

2. Continue to Pull your opponents arms down and forward using your shoulders to apply two Arm Bars (one on each arm).

3. Right Cross Behind toward 7:30 into a Left Neutral Bow Stance (facing 3:00) as you cross your opponent’s arms with his left arm over his right.

4. Execute a Left Hand Pull with a Right Hand Push resulting in an Arm Bar to your opponent’s left arm.

5. Deliver a Right Front Snap Ball Kick to your opponent’s groin or right thigh.

6. Plant Forward toward 3:00 into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and pivot counterclockwise into Horse Stance (facing 12:00) as you execute a Left Hand Pull with a Right Hand Push resulting in an Arm Bar to the opponent’s left arm.

7. Perform a Right Front Crossover and Cover Out toward 9:00.

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 Death

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Cross of Destruction

Tracy Kenpo Systems:


American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

The Bridge

*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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