A Realistic Look at
Grab Defences

Defending against being grabbed is a popular subject in the martial arts and self defence world. In fact, the amount of time spent on training it in most schools I feel is disproportionate to how often being grabbed - as opposed to being hit - actually occurs in the real world.

However, despite its popularity as a subject for training, it seems there are some fundamental realities that come with defending against grabs that are largely overlooked. 

Get Your Hands Off me!

The first principle that I have honestly never seen addressed in a self defence class/seminar is the idea of not letting people grab you in the first place. In the video below we look at this basic concept that apparently is so obvious and basic that people forget to actually teach it! Specifically we look at a training drill that is designed to hone the natural reaction we all have to being grabbed; and that is to not let strangers grab you in the first place!

Part 1

Nothing Fancy

The second concept we discuss in the clip below is the most efficient way to deal with a situation where we have actually been grabbed in a way that is difficult to 'escape' from and in which we are in serious danger.
It seems that it's in these hypothetical situations where instructors' imaginations go wild. Go to YouTube and search for 'grab defence' and see all the weird and wonderful and amazing ways that you can escape the clutches of a bad guy that will have you looking like Jason Bourne in no time! Then ask yourself if it was you doing the grabbing on somebody of equal or smaller build to you, with the assumption that you are doing this in combination with lots of pulling and pushing and probably lots of hitting or maybe even stabbing... "Would that technique work?"

What is it about the grab itself that is so dangerous that  we must deal with the hand that is doing the grabbing? What is the real threat and what is the most efficient way of neutralizing it...?

Part 2

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