How to do Fallen Cross Self Defense Technique

How to do Fallen Cross Self Defense Technique

Fallen Cross

This is a Kenpo Karate Self Defense Technique found in the blue belt of the American Kenpo Karate system created by Ed. Parker. This technique is against a rear two hand choke, this attack is in our obscure zone and we must react right away because this kind of attack can turn into a choke or even worse a choke and takedown.

This technique is one of those where the student has to demonstrate to be explosive and be able to react right away.

Step by Step

  • As you are being attacked grab both wrists stepping forward with your left foot.
  • Snap the elbows to cancel his height.
  • Quickly turn to your right, as you turn, crossing his arms deliver a right knee to the elbows.
  • Right after the knee strike, execute an inward elbow strike to his face.
  • Cover out always keeping your hands up.


  • Grab and turn the wrist by placing your thumb on top of each hand.
  • Prepare your elbow strike before your right knee lands after you hit the elbows.
  • You might grab the face for the elbow strike or you could do an inward elbow strike to the side of the face. Both are valid.

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