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Circling Death

Circling: To maneuver over or on top of

Death: Two-handed choke


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

Defense Pattern

1. Tuck your chin to your chest to protect your throat. Left Cross Step toward 1:30 into a Left Transitional Neutral Bow Stance.

2. Pivot clockwise into a Right Forward Bow Stance (facing 7:30) as you circle your right elbow over your opponent’s arms ending in a Right Pinning Check trapping your opponent’s right arm under your arm and against your body. Simultaneously, deliver a Left Horizontal Finger Thrust to your opponent’s eyes.

3. Pivot counterclockwise into a Right Transitional Neutral Bow Stance (facing 7:30) as you deliver a Right Upward Elbow to your opponent’s chin.

4. Continue to pivot into a Right Reverse Bow Stance (facing 7:30) and deliver a Right Back Hammer Fist to your opponent’s groin as you execute a Left Positional Check over your right shoulder.

5. Perform a Right 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):

Circling Death

Ed Parker American Kenpo Systems (EPAKS)*:

Circling Wing

Tracy Kenpo Systems:

Crash of the Eagle

American Kenpo Karate Association (AKKA Karate USA):

Crash of the Eagle

*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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