Bear Hugs from the Rear

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Here is an example of a full blown explosive response to a rear bear hug. 

The defender drops down, bumps the attacker to throw him off balance,

then turns to strike or kick or throw and remove the ability of his attacker

to either continue or renew the assault.

 

More examples of basic defenses to rear bear hugs

She is using a part of her body he doesn't

control, her hips, to turn and elbow his ribs.

 

Bear Hugs

 There are quite a examples in the pages of the CORE Books  devoted to various types of defenses against bear hugs.  You might well ask why devote so much space to this topic. 

You may ask...why devote so much time to this kind of attack? 

First of all, because thus type of overwhelming smothering attack is the choice of many larger framed attackers, if they donít just grab for you or punch at you.   Especially in sexual assault type of attacks, one of the things the attacker wants is to cause fear and panic in his potential victim.

Second, because it is an attack that may come from behind as an ambush.  A headlock, a rear choke, a hair grab, clothing grab, and a bear hug are the methods of choice for the ambush rear attack other than simply hitting you with a blunt object. 

Third, because the tactics used to defend against these attacks can be generalized to other situations you might be faced with.

The techniques that are shown here can be learned in about an hour, so the defenses are not complicated,  Donít take this as permission to get lazy about the need for training. You have to practice them if you want to be able to execute them under the stress of a real attack and not a family demonstration.

As you read through this section, look for common elements.  Does the defender turn to face the attacker soon?   Are the strikes and kicks familiar to you by now?  Is it clear that one uses the parts of the body not under the control of the attacker to fashion survival and escape techniques?

Face your attacker, move forward into him when you can, hit A to the Face, and B to the Base, and keep the pressure on him, so you can C Leave the Place making a safe exit from the situation.  


Bear Hugs from the Rear More Examples

The defender uses whatever part of his or her body that the attacker does not control, her legs, to launch a counter attack, a heel stomp.

 

She is using a part of her body he doesn't

control, her hips, to turn and strike his groin.

 

 

The defender uses whatever part of his or her body,

her hands, that the attacker does not control

to launch a counter attack, a finger lock as she

turns to face him.

 

 

Swivel hips, step behind him, and throw him.

 

The defender bumps him with her rear, part of his or her body that the attacker does not control, and then raises arms which he now doesn't control to launch a counter attack.

 

She wiggles, like getting out of a very snug

pair of jeans, to get loose and elbow him.

 

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