Prevention of a Full Nelson Grab

Technique Review 

This week’s technique review is about releasing or really preventing a Nelson Grip. To understand a Nelson, there are a couple of dangers here…

Video transcript

Hi everyone, this week’s technique review is about releasing or really preventing a Nelson Grip. That’s really the problem. To understand a Nelson, there are a couple of dangers here. One, that the attacker is more like a wrestler and he will throw you. Sort suplex type of throw, or will smash your head towards a pole or a pillar or a wall. That’s one option.

The other option is really stomping and choking. So from here, you can hurt. This is the idea. So we need to prevent this. You can say that this is almost like choke or strangulation. You see the high-level danger in the subject of a throw, because if your head will hit hard surface, we can say that you are gone.

So he grabs me in a full nelson. This is trap. What will I do? The idea is that we will put ourselves, cramp ourselves tight. Send our arms, the forearms, to the ribs very tightly, and bend forward. Remember from the bearhugs bending forward was the strategy.

If I do like this, it is a distraction. Distortion of his intention for shoot. While he’s trying to come up, to grab me in the whole time, what I’m doing is I put my neck away from him. I’m closing my arms beside of my body. Tight. So now he cannot reach my neck.

At the same time, with one hand, I’m going to grab his fingers. So the idea is to grab the fingers from above. The moment I grab his fingers from above, I can do 180 degrees with a look. If I would grab his fingers from below, from the side, I can only do 90 degrees. To make a real lock, I have to turn my elbow out.

At this moment, his hand is free, and he’s in pain, he can hit me. He’s in pain. He starts fighting also. So the whole idea is grab his fingers, and make a lock … And you can see that arm is still tightening his forearms towards my side. Now, when I do the lock, he has no option to take his arm out. Because I bend forward, I have the distance.

I have the range to his strongly with my elbow. So one hand is caught in a lock. First, what I do? I lock. When he has a problem, I hit. So in the beginning, two of his arms are caught. When he has got the lock, the free hand is still caught, so he won’t hit me. The other hand is in a lock. He cannot do much with it. And he’s getting the first strike.

After that, decide what you need to do. If you would like to move away, if you like to control him with a lock, or something like this depends on all possibilities. So remember to avoid … Not to do this. You should be bending forward. You should catch from above. If you did not catch from above … Let’s say something like this happen, it’s okay. You should not be lock. Don’t try to make a lock, because trying to make a lock … You will make him free.

So if something like this happens … Like variation. Didn’t succeed to do a good lock, but he’s too high. So catch this and just catch. That’s good. So there’s no lock. It’s just limiting. I’m limiting him and then I strike. The basic strike is to the head, if you want to do other strikes. You’ll need this. So bending forward, catching from above, tied everything … This is the essence for the prevention of the Nelson.

What we’re talking about full Nelson. Already there’s a grab. Then, we are talking about one technique of practical releases that we have in the … One of our G1 lessons. Also we’ve got, throwing technique. Landing on a person is the first counter attack.

What we are doing … When he already caught me in the Nelson … Here we are doing a situation that I’m already caught. I couldn’t prevent it. I’m sending two hands backwards. If I would succeed in hitting his face, okay. Now my hands, my palms are partly crossed one on another.

I’m reaching for fingers. I grab fingers and I pull the finger … Push it towards its own joint. So we’re not trying to do a circular action. We’re trying to take it downwards, and then hit with it. So you are hitting while the finger is still in the hand. You’re not making circular action. You are dropping the elbow and the palm into his joints. So, his finger is sent towards the joints, with its strong lock.

Bending forward and making the lock. I mean, making the attack. Now, what happens with the other hand. Sometimes, you can do everything without dealing with his hand. Sometimes it’s too tight. Tighter. The, I cannot really move well. I have to take this hand too and now I’ll be able to strike and eventually finish the situation at hand.

So sending the hands backwards … You can see this is the regular clips, in Max Krav Maga. Sending two hands backwards and grabbing the fingers correctly. That’s one issue. Remember how you pull. How you create the lock. How do you create the lock, while pulling the hand downwards, and not making any simple action.

Please remember, as soon as possible, maybe we’re still caught or with two hands free, you need to bend to create the reach for the elbow strike. Because if you are tall and high, compared to him, and you are close to him, maybe you’re pushing his head with your triceps and that’s not strong, and that’s not impact.

We need to make a strong impact. Remember, Nelson Grab compared to a choke, it’s very dangerous. It’s comparable to a strangulation. Also comparable to landing on your head. So, this definitely we don’t want to have. Thank you so much.


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