P4 Training Program

Releases from Bear Hugs from the Side P4 -Training Syllabus

Against a bear hug from the side, arms caught. Naturally, you should prevent the attacker from getting close and grabbing you….

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Against a bear hug from the side, arms caught. Naturally, you should prevent the attacker from getting close and grabbing you. One of the main options at the relatively close range is the educational block. Here, as we did against chokes, when the attacking is getting close, stop him by pushing at the chest and pressing at the hollow between the collarbones. After that, move away from the danger zone, keep your distance. Talking to the person should be an appropriate option here. At the closer range, when the opponent has been identified and detected rather close, your defensive response was activated. Here, prevent the attacker’s hands from grabbing around you, and according to the situation, you can counterattack or just push the person away from you. Again, appropriate talking to the person and warning may be a great option.

Release from bear hug from the side, arms caught. The main idea is, naturally, to attack the attacker as soon as possible to a vulnerable points and areas. This will cause the attacker to release his grab and you’ll be freed to move away from danger zone. Initial action should be usually strike to the groin. In most situation, the best strike will be with far hand. You do this as you move your pelvis backwards, leaning, bending forward and striking with the back hand. Continue with appropriate counterattacks, such as knee kicks. As you bend forward and sideways, lift your elbow upwards, take your hand out from the grip. Start striking with it as possible and as needed. Stay bent so the elbow will be able to reach its target. Other appropriate attacks and strikes can be stomping, hitting the eyes, and even biting.

Release from bear hug from the side, while the far hand is free. A relatively strong attacker can inflict much pain and even damage with his grip, as he may be able to press the ribs strongly. With your free hand you should make several attacks to vulnerable areas, such as the eyes first of all, the groin. You can continue with knee kicks, with strikes to the head. Take the close arm out from the grip, attack with it. Continue pressing the opponent the way attacking is needed, and then move away from the danger zone.

If the attacker caught you in a bear hug while the far hand is caught and the close hand is free, bend away from the opponent, making it hard for the opponent to lift you or to take you down, and strike as soon as possible with your elbow to the head or the back of the head of the opponent. As soon as possible, turn to the opponent, press him away. Continue with counterattacks. These counterattacks are freeing you. Move away from the danger zone or do the next mission you need to do. One can use attacks with the far hand, kicks, knees, stomps, headbutts, et cetera, all in order to weaken the opponent and prevent him from causing damage to you.

A. Rolls and Break-Falls

  1. Break-fall backward and sideways - from height.
  2. Forward roll and remain on the ground

Notes: For adults, this subject may be considered to be tested in full at higher levels (until G1).

B. Kicks

  1. Regular (vertical) kick backward - to three main distances
  2. Regular scissors kick

C. Defenses Against Low Straight Punches

  1. Inside defense - with forearm; emphasis on elbow movement
  2. Outside scooping defense

Notes: Use either the forward or rear hand and counterattack as soon as possible.

D. Inside Forearm Defenses Against Punches – Raised Elbow, Low Palm
Attacker approaches diagonally from the side

  1. Medium height - defense (from passive stance) against a straight punch to the ribs
  2. High - against a straight punch towards the head or chest, elbow circles inward

Notes: The first counterattack is an outward horizontal hammer strike with the defending hand.

E. Defenses Against Straight Punch Combination - Left/Right

  1. Two inside defenses with the palms and counterattack
  2. Hand defenses while leaning back, kicking with the front leg (regular or side kick)


F. Defenses Against Punch Combinations (Outside and Inside Defenses)

  1. Defending against any combination of two punches - one straight and one circular
    1. Two defenses with one hand
    2. Two defenses with two hands
  2. Defending against any combination of two circular

Notes: Counterattack as early as possible.

G. Releases from Chokes

  1. Choke from the front - body turn and upper arm release (wiping face)
  2. Choke from behind- body turn and upper arm release (brought to temple)
  3. Against a Hand Covering Mouth - defender's is caught from behind

Note: Techniques nos. 1 and 2 above are especially effective when assailant is pushing.

H. Releases from Bear Hugs - Arms Free

  1. Release from bear hug from the front – Push to nose or eyes.
  2. Release from bear hug from behind:
    1. Elbow strikes to head
    2. With lock on finger

I. Releases from Bear Hugs - Arms Caught

  1. Release from bear hug from the front – counterattack and take hand out.
  2. Release from bear hug from behind - counterattack and take hand out.
    1. When bear hug is high, counter & escape under arms.

Notes: Train on the use of a shout and a bite against a bear hug from the front.

J. Releases from Bear Hugs from the Side - Variations on the Above Sections H & I

  1. Release from bear hugs whether arm/s caught or free – attacker grabs from the side. Use learnt techniques and principles

K. Dealing with Attempts to Grab and with Dangerous Arm / Wrist Grabs

  1. Prevention: removing the target; defending the target
  2. Attacker grabs and pulls/drags – advance and apply relevant counter attacks
  3. Attacker grabs and attacks with strikes or other ways – relevant defenses and counterattacks

L. Releases from Various Hand / Wrist Grabs

  1. One hand grabbing one hand (low), diagonally or across - Low hold (underhand)
  2. One hand grabbing one hand (high), diagonally or across - High hold (overhand)
  3. Two hands grabbing one hand, low or high holds - two kinds of assistance:
    1. Assist by grabbing fist of caught hand
    2. Assist by removing one grabbing hand
  4. Two hands grabbing two hands, low or high hold
  5. Two hands grabbing two hands, from behind
  6. Release from a strong handshake

Note: Be familiar with the application of the principles: axis and leverage (not pulling); escaping by way of an opening or towards the thumb; circular movements; and using the other hand for assistance.

M. Against Stick Attacks - Defending Overhead and Side Swings

  1. Against one hand overhead attack - Stabbing defense to the live side
  2. Against two hands overhead attack (or attacker is off center)
  3. Horizontal (baseball) Swings –
    1. From passive stance - Front hand down and the back hand up.
    2. From ready stance – Defend with two forearms, positioned high

N. Fighting Games - 4 Against 1

  1. Against straight punches; Against a regular kick and a straight punch

P. Returning Attacker

  1. Following the defender's technique, the attacker returns with a relevant attack, with/out a weapon

Q. Fighting Skills (defend -- attack -- defend)

  1. Emphasizing on changes of distance
  2. Using the principles of:
    1. Bursting forward and circling after
    2. Circling around and bursting forward
  3. Determination drills
    1. Attacker – Disturber – Target
    2. Attacker – Target – Holder (from behind)
  4. Slow fighting
  5. Light fighting with minimal protective gear (light contact)

R. Simulation and Tactics – P4 – Two attackers approaching from different directions

  1. 2 Vs. 1 - Bear Hug (later a Headlock) from Behind and a Second Attack from the Front Description: A trap made by two attackers. One approaches from behind, the other from the front.

Responding to Opponent's Response

  • Trainee attacks with front kick to the groin and opponent retreats in various directions. Trainee continues with sliding and/or kicking.
  • As in no. 1 above, but the opponent can move diagonally or straight forward. Trainee may use short-range kicks and/or attacks with the hands.

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