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An intelligent attacker, if he or she decides to grab you in a rear over-the-arms bear hug, will grab you at or below your elbows. Grabbing your arms this way immobilizes them nearly completely and does not let you use them to protect your rib cage. Also, the low grab makes it easy for the attacker to lift you up and then slam you down.
Your first concern, when you feel such a grab, is to protect your bottom ribs from being squashed and also to make sure that you are not lifted up.
You can achieve both these objectives with one move—wedging your arms deeper into the attacker’s holding arms while simultaneously squatting down. Unless the attacker is tremendously strong this action alone may separate his or her hands. Only after you have spoiled your attacker’s initial attack can you think about getting out of the grab. This can be done by a rolling throw (makikomi) as shown in the video, Basic Instincts of Self-Defense, or in some other way. But most important to your survival is that first basic, instinctive reaction, and Basic Instincts of Self-Defense teaches such reactions to over 55 typical attacks.
For your defense moves to work under stress they must be based on your natural, instinctive reactions, require little strength and limited range of motion, and be proven in fighting experience.
To learn how your natural reactions can instantly defeat any unarmed attack, see the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
Defend Against Weapons
To defend against weapons you have to know how they are used. Also—every stick has two ends … the weapon of attack may become a weapon of defense in your hand …
To learn how the typical street weapons (club, knife, razor) are used by an experienced streetfighter and how to practice with them, see the video Self-Defense: Tools of attack—Club, Hatchet, Blackjack, Knife, Straight Razor.
Staying cool under pressure is more important for self-defense than being physically fit and technically skilled. If you can’t control your mind what can you control?
To learn mental techniques that let you calmly face any threat and act rationally in the heat of a fight, click here.
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