= PART III : DEFENSE AGAINST GRABBING AND HOLDING =
Wrenching free from a body hold is not always easy. This is why it is crucial
to react as quickly as possible if an assailant tries to grab and hold you, so
that the attack can be stopped in its initial stages. However, if your
attacker has already managed to get you in a body hold, the next few pages
should help you to deal with this. By using the following techniques, with as
much power as you can, you will probably be able to break free.
FINGER WRENCH :
This can be extremely painful if properly carried out. The pain can be
maximized by pulling and twisting the finger joints. Pull the fingers away
from the joints: in this case it is up and back across the back of the hand.
Pull the little finger if possible, because this is the weakest joint.
Cup your hands over your assailant's ears, and then slam your hands very
sharply into the side of the head, so that the compressed air in your hands
creates pressure in the ears of your adversary. This creates a balance
disturbance and temporarily disables your attacker.
Use your forehead, or the back of your head, to butt your opponent. This move
has the advantage of the element of surprise and will not injure you,
providing you hit your attacker's nose. You will be considerably more sure to
hit nose if you can grip your attacker's head.
OTHER VARIOUS TECHNIQUES:
* GETTING OUT OF A ONE-ARM HOLD
You are leaning against a fence. A man tries to force his attentions on you,
placing an arm around your shoulders. Elbow him sharply in the ribs and
follow up with a powerful punch to the nose.
* DEALING WITH AN AMBUSH
You are walking along the street. Suddenly someone grabs you and tries to
force his attentions on you. Raise your knee and, using the front kick
technique, kick your assailant in the groin.
* DEALING WITH A SHOULDER HOLD FROM BEHIND
A man is following you. He grabs you by the shoulder and tries to pull you
towards him. Spin round as fast as you can and jab his nose with the heel of
* DEFENDING YOURSELF WHILST SEATED
You are sitting on a bench. A man sits down next to you and puts his hand
on your knee. Stay seated, swivel round and jab him in the nose with the
heel of your hand.
* WHEN YOUR BAG IS GRABBED FROM BEHIND
You are standing in the street. Suddenly someone grabs your bag from behind.
Bend your arm inwards to hold on tight to your bag and follow up with a side
kick to the knee.
* IF YOUR HAIR IS PULLED FROM THE SIDE
An assailant approaches from behind and then pulls your hair from the side.
Grab your opponent's arm and turn inwards to face him. Then jab your
attacker on the nose with the heel of your hand.
* IF YOUR HAIR IS PULLED FROM THE FRONT
Your assailant pulls your hair from the front. Grab him by the hips, pull
him down and slam your knee into his groin.
* DEALING WITH A DIAGONAL HAND HOLD
Your assailant grabs you by the forearm. Step towards your assailant. Jab
him in the nose with the heel of your hand and wrench your arm away.
* IF YOU ARE ATTACKED GETTING OUT OF YOUR CAR
Your attacker opens your car door and tries to pull you out of the car. Lean
back across the passenger seat and slam your foot heel into opponent's face
or groin. If you do NOT have time to carry out the above move, you may still
be able to defend yourself with a finger jab to the eyes.
* UNDERARM HOLD FROM BEHIND
You are about to open your car door. At that moment you are grabbed from the
rear. You raise your knee and stamp hard on your opponent's foot. Then grab
your assailant's little finger and pull it right back. Your assailant will
loosen his grip and you will be able to break free. Then jab his nose with
the heel of your hand.
* OVER ARM HOLD FROM BEHIND
Your attacker grabs you from behind with both arms. Raise your knee and
stamp hard on your assailant's foot. Now pull your arm forward and snap it
back sharply into your assailant's ribs. Turn to face your attacker and jab
him in the nose with the heel of your hand.
* GETTING OUT OF A DOUBLE NELSON
Your opponent has got you in a double Nelson. You react with the utmost
speed and raise your knee. Stamp with all your weight, keeping your heel
well down. Then move your arms up and pull your attacker's little finger
wrenching it to the side. Once you have broken free, slam your elbow back
into your attacker.
* UNDERARM HOLD FROM THE FRONT
You are walking along a path. Suddenly you are grabbed from the front by
someone walking towards you. Hit your attacker on both ears using a
compression blow and break free, jabbing your assailant's nose with the
heel of your hand.
* OVER ARM BODY HOLD FROM THE FRONT
Your opponent grabs you with both arms. Raise your knee and stamp hard on
your attacker's foot so that he will loosen his grip. Then knee your
assailant in the groin.
* GETTING OUT OF A HEAD HOLD
Your attacker has your head in a firm hold. Hit your attacker in the groin
with the heel of your hand. At the same time, use your other hand to pull
your attacker's hair and pull him backwards away from you. Then jab your
attacker on the chin with the heel of your hand.
* STRANGLE HOLD FROM BEHIND
Your assailant approaches from behind and begins to strangle you. Tense your
neck muscles and stretch your arms out in front and then elbow your
assailant in the ribs, as hard as you can. At the same time, use the other
hand to free yourself from the strangle hold. Then turn around and jab your
attacker with the heel of your hand.
* STRANGLE HOLD FROM THE FRONT
You are just about to get into your car. You are attacked and your assailant
tries to strangle you with both hands. From the basic position, jab your
assailant in the nose with the heel of your hand, following through with
your hips to help you hit with more strength. If this does NOT work, use a
finger jab to help you break free.
* FOREARM STRANGLE HOLD FROM BEHIND
You are sitting down when you are grabbed from behind. Tense your neck
muscles immediately and pull your attacker's hair forwards. If your
attacker's grip becomes too tight, use a finger jab.
* IF YOU ARE ATTACKED IN THE CAR
The attacker tries to strangle you through the car window. Tense your neck
muscles and finger jab your attacker in the eyes.
* IF YOU ARE THROWN TO THE GROUND #1
Your attacker tries to strangle you after having thrown you to the ground.
Jab him in the eyes with your fingers then pull your assailant's hair with
one hand and take hold of his chin with the other. Pull your attacker's head
downwards, twisting it at the same time, using your other hand (neck twist).
Pull your leg up and roll over sideways, freeing yourself from your
* IF YOU ARE THROWN TO THE GROUND #2
Your assailant has brought you down and is approaching you again. He is
about to kick you. Raise your knee and then kick your opponent on the shin,
using the side kick technique.
NOTE: If attacked when lying down, make sure your legs and feet are facing
your assailant, as this gives him the least possible opportunity to
* FIST PUNCH FROM BEHIND
You are leaning over the boot of the car. Your assailant grabs hold of your
right shoulder and tries to throw a right-hand punch to your head. Turn
round to face your attacker and block the punch with your left arm, then jab
your assailant's nose with the heel of your hand.
* FIST PUNCH FROM THE FRONT
You are about to open the door of a telephone box. Without warning someone
tries to punch you. You block the punch and jab your assailant's nose with
the heel of your hand.
* IF PUNCHED WHEN SITTING
Your attacker approaches you while you are sitting down and tries to punch
you. Turn sideways away from your attacker then jab your attacker in the
groin with the heel of your hand. Your fingers should be pointing towards
* IF GRABBED BY THE LAPEL
Your attacker grabs hold of your lapel with his left hand and tries to punch
you with his right. You take evasive action to the right, blocking the punch
at the same time. Slam your left knee into your attacker's groin and then
jab your attacker's ear with the heel of your hand.
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