An attacker who grabs you in a front over-the-arms bear hug can either bend you backward and throw you down or lift you up and throw you down by sweeping your legs aside with his foot or by throwing you back overhead (judo uranage). To prevent any of these calamities, you need to simultaneously lower your hips and move them back away from the attacker’s hips.
Why move your hips away if for most of the grappling techniques you are urged to get your hips close to the opponent to throw him? Even in this attack, the attacker has to get his hips close to yours to slam you, so why not get your hips close and then do unto him as he would like to have done to you.
First, in a fast attack, when in an instant his arms lock your arms and waist in a vice grip, you will not have enough time to get your hips low enough to upend him before you are bent backward.
Second, your ability to lower your hips will be limited by his vice grip around your arms and trunk. But because he does not hold you around your hips (it is difficult to get such a hold), your hips have some freedom of movement to the back. Combining a slight lowering of your hips with simultaneously pressing with your hands on his hips while moving your hips back puts your center of mass away from him and makes any throw very difficult.
Sometimes the above actions are enough to break free from the attacker’s hold. If not, then after frustrating the attacker’s first assault you will be in a position to either kick his shins and thighs until he collapses or do any of the techniques shown on the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
To learn more techniques, see Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
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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