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How To Attack Using The Single Over-hook

The Over-hook is another great tactic to use when in the clinch. Over hooking occurs when, in the clinch, you wrap one of your arms around the assailant's tricep (upper arm). You control them by pulling them into you to meet your strikes.

How to perform Single Over-Hook to Striking:

  1. Facing your partner, bring your same-side arm over their arm until your bicep/armpit is pinned around their tricep near their shoulder.

  2. Clasp your hands together and pull down to bring the assailant closer to you. Alternatively, you can grab your chest while pulling down, to free your other hand to strike.

  3. Note: Do Not lean back or otherwise unbalance yourself to perform this clinch.

Strikes from this clinch include:

  • Deliver knees to the groin, solar plexus, or head (if they’re bent down).

  • Deliver horizontal or vertical elbows to opponent’s neck, and/or face/head.

  • Deliver head butts to opponent’s ear, temple, side of orbital socket. Do Not head butt them in the forehead (harder parts of the head).

  • Deliver finger techniques like scratching, gouging, etc.

Below is a quick video showing how to over-hook and strike from the position.

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The Single Over-hook with Striking

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