Basic Throat or Lapel Grab Defense

In this next segment, I will illustrate a defense against a common lapel or throat grab. This is a very unique defense that I have not seen elsewhere. I learned this technique while studying a classical form of Jiu-jitsu and believe it to be very effective in the event that a person attacks you in this way.

One important thing to remember is that at any time, you may simply strike your opponent to the face in order to release this hold. If his arms are grabbing you, they are not defending a strike to the face. If you strike your opponent to the face, he will have to release his hold to defend himself or be hit.

Some practitioners of Jiu-jitsu are against methods of striking. It is an issue that I have gone into great detail about philosophically in The Master Text, but the purpose of this book is simply to illustrate basic techniques.

To begin this movement, I control my opponent's right hand with my left (figure 3). Note that I will not let go of this hand throughout the course of the entire technique - this is important. My right arm reaches over my opponent's left arm until my right hand is pointing down between my opponent's arms.

In figure 4, I step forward slightly with my right leg and thrust my right hand between my opponent's arms, passing my right side to my opponent's left. I duck my head under his right armpit while still controlling his right arm. This control of the right arm will be important later to finish him, but is crucial now to protect myself from potential chokes that my opponent may choose to apply.

By practicing this technique, you will notice that if it is being performed on you, your right wrist will begin to twist if you choose to continue holding my jacket. Once you master this movement, you may try it quickly in oder to actually flip your opponent over.

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I will continue to step through in a counter clock-wise motion until I am positioned as shown in figure 5. You will notice that because I performed this movement slowly, my opponent had the opportunity to let go of my lapel with his left hand.

I will not give him the same option with his right hand. I secure my opponent's right hand as shown here and begin to push his elbow down and forward. Take note of this grip I am using on my opponent's right hand - I have switched from the sleeve to the knife edge of his hand. My palm is over the top of his hand with my fingers gripping the pinky-side of his hand. This will allow me to twist his wrist, bending his arm in such a way that his elbow will point up. The pain at his wrist will cause most to submit at this point.

In figure 6, I step behind him, creating pressure on his wrist as I just described and his shoulder by pushing his elbow down and pulling up on his hand.

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