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Grabbed From Behind? Use this Technique

Getting grabbed from behind by an assailant can be a startling situation. That's why you need to attack the attacker immediately before they get complete control of you. This simple technique is a very effective first attack, which can set you up for follow up techniques, or to run away.

This technique is called the Low Back-kick, and is used specifically for an assailant who is behind you. Your target is the assailant's knee. For maximum effectiveness, use the heel of your foot to make contact with the front or side of the assailant’s knee.

How to perform the low back kick:

  1. Start in a neutral stance with the assailant (target in practice) behind you.

  2. Hold your hands slightly above and in front of your head (protecting your face without blocking your vision),, and clench your fists.

  3. Twist your torso to the rear to see the assailant’s knee.

  4. Flex your foot as you raise your knee in front of you. 

  5. Lean forward and strike the heel of your foot diagonally downward, making contact with the front (or side) of the assailant’s knee.

  6. Drive through their knee upon making contact with it.  

  7. Note: Do Not raise the foot of your base leg off the ground (causes a loss of balance).

Below is a quick tutorial of how to perform the low back kick.

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Lawrence Castanon

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Low Back-kick

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