The attacker grabs your clothes or your hair from behind and pulls you back and down into his or her strike or knee kick. What should your first reaction be when you feel a grab from behind?
No matter if you are grabbed by the hair or by the clothes you should first squat down. The movement feels like a dive. It will protect you from receiving the full force of the strike to the head or knee kick to your back. It will nullify the backward and downward pull on your trunk or your head if you are pulled by your hair. It does not matter if you are grabbed with both hands or with one hand. It does not matter with which hand—you should always squat down.
It does not matter which hand strikes you or which leg kicks you. You are surprised from behind and you do not have time to look or to feel how you are grabbed and what is coming next because the strike may be already on its way. Only after getting in a deep squat can you concern yourself with breaking the attacker’s grip.
On the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense you can see how such attacks look and why any other way of reacting will get you hurt. On this video Pawel Nastula, judo world champion and 1996 Olympic champion will also demonstrate how to counter such attacks and subdue the attacker.
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?
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