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Releases from Hair Grabs or Pulls P5 -Training Syllabus

When the attacker is approaching you, sending his hand towards you, defend and counterattack as needed, as you see fit…

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When the attacker is approaching you, sending his hand towards you, defend and counterattack as needed, as you see fit. Remember, you can’t really know what the attacker wants, to grab you, to punch, to hit you in the eyes, so prevent him from grabbing you. You can defend and move away. You can defend and counterattack with strikes and kicks. You can even make some sort of threats with punches in the air.

Release from a hair grab from the front with a leverage on the wrist, most suitable at the early phase of the grab, before there’s a pull and where there’s not much other dangers. With two palms, strike on the opponent’s back of the hand. Firmly press the opponent’s hand towards your head. Bend your head and tuck your chin. Press it against your chest. Bend the whole body forward. When the body’s more or less horizontal, start stepping backwards with small steps. This will bring the opponents down on his stomach. While creating the leverage, your elbows should be low. Your forearms, arms, and elbows are protecting your head from the different directions. To enable a strong lock on the wrist of the opponent, emphasize pressing his heel of the hand to your forehead or head, your chin to your chest, and body goes down. When you are stepping backwards, you’re dragging the opponent forward and flatten him on his stomach.

Defending a hair pull from the front. Here, it is a dangerous situation. The opponent grabbed your hair, he’s pulling you down towards his knee or towards a punch. Accept being pulled, initiate and advance forward. At the same time, with one forearm, block the opponent’s knee or other attack, and first counterattack to the groin. Continue with other counterattacks, especially high towards the head. Your forearm defense should be with the area a bit closer towards your elbow. Your forearm defense should be middle of the thigh of the opponent, maybe closer to his knee, not towards his thigh. The attacker may be pulling you with one hand or with two, does not matter, you should do the same technique. When you are low, it’s very comfortable to attack to the groin with an open hand, sort of a whip attack under the forearm of your other hand. From attacking low, switch to attacking high. It will be most efficient. Remember that this technique includes bursting forward towards the attacker. Take the initiative from him. Bursting forward will distract the attacker’s attack. However, you should try and identify as much as possible which attack he’s doing. If the attacker is striking, defend his strike and counterattack. Do it all as efficient as you can.

Defending a hair pull from the side. You couldn’t prevent the attacker from grabbing your hair from the side. He’s pulling you towards the ground or towards his body. It is a dangerous situation, as the attacker is also attacking with the knee. Burst forward towards the attacker. You can do it with the close leg or with the far leg, all depends on the timing and the way that you have been pulled, and naturally on your balance. Initiate also an advance towards the attacker. Burst towards him. One hand should be blocking the attack, whatever attack it is, and the other hand should be striking. Because you are low, you have been pulled down, strike first towards the groin. Continue with more counterattacks as needed and then finish the situation.

Defending a hair pull from the rear. The attacker is grabbing and pulling your hair from behind. It is a dangerous situation. The attacker also has the intention of either dropping you to the ground or striking you. Turn as early as you can, and burst as fast as you can towards the opponent. Try to eliminate his initial attack, his initial intention. With one forearm, you either block a knee or a strike that the opponent is sending towards you. And with the other hand, start striking towards the most vulnerable and closest points. Bursting towards the opponent takes the initiative from him. Bursting forward means also definitely a kind of a body defense. Blocking a knee kick should be done with the area closer to your elbow. This will prevent the forearm defense from collapsing. As you have been pulled and you are low, usually the first reasonable counterattack should be to the groin. After that, punch high. When you are erect, naturally, you can strike with different strikes and with more kicks. Do as many counterattacks as you need, and then finish the situation by scanning, moving away from danger zone, assisting others, et cetera.

A. Rolls and Break-Falls

  1. Combination of rolls (forward/backward) and break-falls (all types)

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

B. Defenses Against Regular (Front) Kicks

  1. Stabbing defense with back forearm
  2. Low inside forearm defenses, with high elbow / low palm

C. Defenses Against a High Roundhouse Kick

  1. Outside forearm defense (outside fleshy part), and simultaneous counterattack with kick
  2. Outside forearm defense, advancing diagonally forward, kicking with the opposite leg
  3. Using both forearms (inside fleshy part) - body turn, advance diagonally forward
    1. Using both hands, outside with forearm, inside
      with palm - body moves similar to number 3

Notes: Techniques to be taught from a general ready (outlet) stance. Later practice from any passive or ready stances; attacker can kick with either leg- Variations on the above

D. Escaping Bear Hugs

  1. Low bear hug from the front, arms are free - get good base and counterattack (elbow strikes, hooks, and / or kick to the groin)
  2. Lifted in a bear hug from the rear, arms free / trapped - wrap one leg and counter
  3. Lifted in a bear hug from the front, arms free / trapped - wrap one leg and counter

E. Releases from Hair Grabs or Pulls

  1. Prevention – according to the regular timeline
  2. One-handed hair grab from the front - bend forward, apply leverage on wrist
  3. Pulled forward and down - burst forward, block knee or punch; first counter to the groin
  4. Pulled from the side - burst forward in the direction of the pull, defend and counterattack
  5. Pulled from behind – spin back in the direction of the pull, defend and counterattack

F. Escaping Chokes on the Ground

  1. Attacker sitting on the defender - applying a very close, low choke
  2. Attacker sitting on the defender - choking with straight elbows

Notes: Practice various and multiple counterattacks; end the scenario in a standing position.

G. Ground - Opponent Standing or Sitting on Top and Punching

  1. Attacker punching from a mount position - defend, counterattack, trap, bridge.
  2. A standing opponent tries to strike – hand and body defense, counter with kicks (punch at close range).

H. Defending Against Impending Knife Threat

  1. From the front at mid-range – with a grip on opponents wrist
  2. Same with variations on position of the knife and attitude of attacker.

I. Defending Against Unexpected/Unfamiliar Attacks

  1. Escaping all types of grabs, chokes, bear hugs, headlocks, etc., from all angles and in multiple variations
  2. Same as no. 1 above - with the elements of surprise and stress
  3. Defending against varieties of punches and kicks, coming from different angles and aimed at various targets; starting from several different stances.

J. Returning Attacker

  1. Following defender's technique, the attacker returns and attacks, with or without a weapon

K. Protecting a Third Party

  1. Principles and techniques of:
    1. Screening
    2. Warning verbally
    3. Removing 3rd party from area, front approach and turning: with pull and push with two hands;
      with grab of upper arm.
  2. Attack the attacker - rescuer may approach the attacker from any direction
  3. Take down with a Knee-stomp from behind – to separate attacker from victim

L. Fighting Games, 4 Against 1

  1. Two hand strikes every two seconds
  2. Two punching or kicking attacks every two seconds

M. Fighting Skills

  1. Slow fighting
  2. Light fighting with protective gear (groin protection, boxing gloves, shin pads, mouthpiece; headgear is recommended)

N. Simulation and Tactics – P5 - Two Attackers Against an Accompanied Defender

  1. Description: Two strolling people are approached by two attackers. First, the attackers approach from the front, at the next stage, they may take a divided approach.

1. Breathing and Focusing

  1. The 3 levels of breathing, separately and in full breathing
  2. Standing with mind control
  3. Very slow motion technique. Use a basic technique, recommended with defense and counter, moving the center of gravity (shifting of body weight)

2. Escaping Two-Person Wrist Grabs

  1. When possible, use leverage by circling and lowering elbows
  2. Kick one attacker then the other - with one or both legs
  3. When a third, dangerous attacker approaches - kick this attacker first

3. Escaping Full Nelsons

  1. Prevention – grab opposite hand and counterattack
  2. Scraping and creating leverage on fingers.

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