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Countering Death

Countering: Retaliate, a series of rapid strikes

Death: Two-handed choke


The Ideal attack requires your opponent be to the front applying a two-hand stiff-arm choke.

Defense Pattern

1. Clasp both of your hands together and execute Two Upward Forearm Strikes (which act as a wedge) to the inside of your opponent's forearms near the wrists to break the choke then Right Step Forward toward 12:00 (inside your opponent's right knee).

2. Pivot slightly to your left into a Right Fighting Horse Stance and execute a Right Upward Elbow Strike to your opponent's chin.

3. As you pivot clockwise into a Right Neutral Bow Stance release your clasp and deliver a Right Downward Back Knuckle to your opponent's nose and face.

4. Deliver a Left Heel Palm Claw Strike to your opponent's nose and face as you pivot into a Right Forward Bow Stance.

5. Pivot back into a Right Neutral Bow Stance and deliver a Right Half Fist Uppercut to your opponent's throat. Have your left hand slide down your opponent's face ending in a Left Positional Check on top of your right bicep.

6. 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):

Countering Death

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Heavenly Ascent

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

The Wedge

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

The Wedge

*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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