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Clinch Lesson #8: Defense Against Front Bear hug #2 (instructional video included)

This is the 8th lesson in our Clinch 101 series.

A front bear hug where the assailant has his arms underneath your arms (around your waist) is actually easier to defend yourself against than the previous bear hug (over your arms), because your arms are free to strike him.

Incorporate the following techniques to successfully escape from the Front Bear Hug Under the Arms:

  1. If the assailant grabs you around your waist and attempts to pick you up to transport you (i.e., kidnapping etc.), drop your weight by lifting your legs up and thrusting them down towards the ground (into a squat) as hard as you can. Repeat as needed.

  2. Simultaneously, twist violently to wriggle yourself free.

  3. Strikes to force the assailant to release you:

  4. Deliver repeated horizontal and/or downward vertical elbows to the assailant’s face, throat, or torso.

  5. Deliver repeated knees to assailant’s groin.

  6. Deliver repeated head butts to assailant’s face (not their forehead).

  7. Scratch, gouge, and/or grab the assailant’s eyes, face and throat. Note: Continue attacking the assailant until they let you go, then run away.

Below is a short demonstration video of how to defend against a front bear hug under your arms.

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