Release from Headlock from the Side

Technique Review October 18, 2016

I trust you had a good week of training, dynamic, fruitful, you learn much, your instructors giving you the knowledge, and you also got experience with a good partner.

Video transcript

Hi everyone. I trust you had a good week of training, dynamic, fruitful, you learn much, your instructors giving you the knowledge, and you also got experience with a good partner. This week’s review is about technique for release from a headlock from the side. We are dealing with quite common attack. The headlock from the side, we talk about the dangerous mistakes, how we correct them, and of course, please remember we do need to prevent, so think that attacker is coming from the side and trying to grab you. This is, for the prevention, when he comes to attack and I see him, he is a dangerous person, I will not let him come close enough. I will try to interfere and intervene and deceive. The issue is that this, he already is very close to me, now maybe even some sort of bobbing, weaving action, I will be able to prevent the grab.

Now about the grab and the danger. If somebody already managed to grab you like this, first of all the grab itself could have been with a strike. Hopefully you are not groggy. In this case, what can the attacker do? One thing is strong grab and turning with body, which will send you to the ground. Whether he’s going with you to the ground or without you to the ground, that’s one option, and also there are some manipulations of the neck that can be very dangerous.

Another thing that is common is striking, so somebody’s grabbing with one hand and striking with the other one, common, and of course, just grab, strong pressure on the neck, on the jaw, that can be painful and hazardous to us. These are the dangers that we have, and the basic technique needs to take care of all these things, and if we cannot take care of all these things, the situation will change. Let’s say we’ll find ourselves on the ground. We will have to release ourselves on the ground or on the way to the ground.

So let’s grab me for one moment. See who made the grab. Grab. One more time. He made the grab, and from here I need to relay this. First of all, I would like apologize. Maybe you got some noises in the mic. Fear dangerous, any dangerous situation, that’s what I fear, so it’s justified for me to strike. That’s what the idea. Now as soon as the person that I’m striking, I see many times people make a step and then strike, so imagine that you condition yourself to step strike, step strike. What will happen if you will not be able to step? You will not strike because you are conditioned to do this, and the pattern in the brain is being interrupted. What is the idea? First of all, strike. I’m turning the body and striking. There will be a step, okay, even if I want to do a step, I do a step after the strike. From here, that’s the first thing. Whether strike in the place or strike and step, no problem, no big difference.

The other hand comes between the heads. As soon as possible, I am trying to go deep and grab the far eye. That’s the best place, and here I pull back and down. What happens here, if you think that there is dangerous from this hand, coming to strike me, so if I’m exposing myself, the strike can hit me. What should I do? Stay protected only to bury my head. One more time, I want to bury head as soon as possible, even during this first attack. Being the first attack without exposing myself, so something like one and then two, it makes ridiculous and definitely dangerous, so stay low while you give the first attack and also the second attack. During the second attack, that doesn’t have to be to the face. The second attack can be to the groin. Second attack can be to the liver area, solar plexus area, but I do it from here when my head is still buried.

After that I send the head of the person, the head of the person back and down, so he will go to the ground. By the way, the initial training, don’t send your partner to the ground. Maybe he doesn’t know how to break falls so well, although he was slammed to the ground and did not need to do a break fall, so the idea is in the beginning, even in this, make another strike, it’s enough. When you do it stronger and faster and you’re sure that your partner knows how to break fall, okay, you can start pressing with more down and still be careful about the neck of your partner. You don’t want to harm your partner’s neck.

This is the essence and the main points of this release from the headlock. Overall remember we need to prevent because the danger of getting slammed to the back of the neck, something like this, is dangerous, of course. As you understand, you may not be a full conscious to react, to respond, and then to strike to the groin as soon as I can. If you need to balance yourself, make a step, no problem at all. It’s good to make a step but not before the strike. Strike and a step if it is happening, it is good, as soon as possible, I go to the far eye. Pull back, expose the person, and strike from here. So if the person was, I’m grabbing you. If I was striking, he was burying the head and striking my groin, so now he’s preventing partly my strike and my aggressive actions. If I want to make this technique of training to the ground, if he’s doing it this early enough and pulls me backwards, I cannot turn him and I cannot take him to the ground because I’m being pulled backwards.

If I was trying to do pelvis forward and lock his neck and make pressure on the neck, the strike to the groin prevented me from doing this action. My pelvis is forward. He slams my groin area, so I will go back and will not be able to take him down to the ground. All this are being prevented by the basic technique if you were doing it early enough, and if you are late, hopefully not too late. So that’s the essence of this subject.

Thanks so much. In this week’s review was about this common problem and some common mistakes of exposing yourself before striking for example or stepping and striking, something that we should not do.

All the best and have great week.


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