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Defend the Front Bear Hug #1 - Over Your Arms (instructional video included)

Please teach this defense to your children!

The front bear hug over the arms occurs when the assailant grabs you around your arms while facing you. It is commonly used on smaller, weaker individuals, including children. It is commonly used by an assailant to pickup and transport the victim fairly easily (i.e. during a child abduction).

This is one of the more difficult grabs to escape from because the assailant has control of your body, and has your arms pinned, leaving you with few options to fight them off with.

You will need to move frantically and explosively while yelling and screaming. This will make it difficult for them to control you. Include the following techniques to get freed from the assailant's hold:

How to Escape the Front Bear Hug Over the Arms:

  1. Drop your weight (i.e., squat), and begin twisting violently not allowing him to pick you up.

  2. Deliver repeated knees, punches and/or grabs to assailant’s groin.

  3. Deliver repeated head butts to opponent’s face (i.e., nose, mouth, ear, but not their forehead).

  4. Bite the assailant wherever you can reach.

  5. Continue attacking until you are released, then run away.

  6. Note: If the assailant picks you up, lift your legs up, then thrust them down towards the ground repeatedly as hard as you can. This will make it difficult for them to hold you in the air.

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

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Lawrence Castanon

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Defense Against the Front Bear Hug Over the Arms

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