How to do the Back Breaker Self Defense Technique

Master the Back Breaker Self Defense Technique in Kenpo

The Back Breaker

This technique is against a right step through punch, it is found in the green belt rank of American Kenpo Karate and it is also found in the Third-degree black belt with its extension.

It is one of those favorite techniques by many Kenpoists, you will this self-defense technique in Form 5 also called the Fulcrum Form.

Back Breaker Step by Step

  • As the punch comes in step to your 11 o’clock out of the line of attack with left and right parry.
  • Step through go behind him and grab his shoulders, deliver a right knee to the spine, and set back on a left forward bow.
  • Your attacker should fall on your left knee, deliver a right-hand sword, grab the chin, and rip. Then right chop again.
  • Roll down your knuckles and hit him on both shoulders as you step back with your left foot.
  • Your hands circle and finish with a straight heel palm to the face and cover out.

Rick Jeffcoat demonstrating “The Back Breaker” with its extension part of the requirements of Third Degree Black Belt.

American Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu, S.M. Mohamad Tabatabai demonstrating and sharing some ideas on “The Back Breaker” with the help of Senior Professor Jorge Calvillo.


  • Get as close as you can on this technique because he might still throw a strike.
  • Make sure you always check the shoulders.
  • Be careful when you practice with a partner
  • We aware of your surroundings and make sure you have enough room to move

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