How to do Crossed Twigs Self Defense Technique

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How to do Crossed Twigs Self Defense Technique

Crossed Twigs

This is self-defense technique found in the blue belt rank of American Kenpo Karate.

In this video, we take a closer look at Crossed Twigs and how it relates to other techniques in the Kenpo System. Crossed Twigs is the “what if” technique to Begging Hands. It is also the “opposite” to Crossing Talon. A few of the Kenpo Principles to keep in mind when executing this technique are; Contact Manipulation, Contact Penetration, Continuity of Motion, Sandwiching Effect and Marriage of Gravity.

Let’s go over the steps:

  • As your wrists are being grabbed, step forward with your left foot while you grab the right wrist while turning into your opponent.
  • Deliver a right downward elbow strike to his back.
  • Hold the attacker and execute a left knee to the middle section.
  • Step out.





The same technique instructed by Casa De Kenpo which includes Professors Cliff Seminerio and Juan Serrano.