Posts Tagged ‘defense’

The Gracie fundamental classes teach street fighting defenses against standing grabs.  There are around nine grab defenses. Going immediately to the floor in a fight, floor grappling, could be the worst place to go in a crowded area, bad floor terrain, or hostile unknown environment. Staying on the feet maybe the best option.photo (15)

This week, we learned the defense against a straight-arm thumb down collar grab.  This was when an aggressive person grabs the collar or shirt, straight-arm, with the thumb facing the floor. I wasn’t clear on the setup, or why.

The defense goes as follows: tightly grab the opponents wrist, the one on the collar, with both thumbs facing down. Step back to drag the opponent off-balance then step back into the persons ribs. While stepping in, the outside elbow slides over the opponents elbow. The opponents palm should be facing the ceiling. The defender should have their elbow touching the front knee in a squat position. The break was holding pressure on the opponents elbow while lifting up the wrist. The attacker’s body will be bent over with arm and shoulder locked up, a very vulnerable position.

Why would anyone grab an opponent with a straight-arm thumb down on the collar? This was an awkward way for an attacker to grab someone.  I would guess this would be a judo gi grab in preparation for a throw.  Without the full move,  the attacker’s arm could be broken just by a quick grab of the wrist with both hands, thumbs facing down, and a strong turn in the thumb direction.

How could the thumb down straight-arm collar attacker prevent their arm from being broken?  I would guess the second-hand would have to grab the defender’s elbow at the same time so as to prevent the defender from turning , or from preventing the defender from grabbing the wrist with two hands.

What throw would a person attempt with the thumb down collar grab?  I don’t have an answer.

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This week, we reviewed the closed guard. While the attacker is in the closed guard, it is very difficult to be knocked out, or passed into a side or full mount. The closed guard is mostly a defensive move. However, in a street fight or mma, you could strike the ear. The technique is as follows: start on back, one hand holds the back of the neck and the other arm wraps around outside the bicep, the wrapping arm hand can grab the opponents inside collar. Tuck head in. Legs are locked around the opponents waist/lower back.

While in the guard, you could defend against strikes. However, the main objective is defense and to burn the attackers energy as much as possible.

The higher the belt rank the more they are thinking on passing the guard. It is not a good idea to allow any opponent to remain postured up while your legs are locked for too long. As a jiu jitsu player, How do I break posture and get them into the closed guard? So, the objective is to break posture. Grab the top of the hands quickly, with power pull the hands apart while PULLING down with the legs into the closed guard. Basically grip fighting.

If the opponent stacks you while the legs are locked, swim the arms, and put the attacker in the closed guard.


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For the longest time, I have been practicing the shoulder grab self defense incorrectly.  What exactly is the shoulder grab defense?  It is a shoulder dislocating technique against an unsuspecting attacker.

As a practice partner, as the attacker, my first mistake was not grabbing the defending person correctly. Improper grab position. The shoulder grab is closer to the neck than to the bony part of the shoulder.  Second, the grab is an  aggressive attempt to unbalance the defender.   Once the defender maintains base, or regains base, meaning the atttacker can’t drag the defender around, that’s when the move is executed.

Once the defender has gained base, that’s when the defender wraps around the attacker’s grabbing arm and punches down towards the floor.   From the punch, the attacker’s arm is cradled by the punching down arm with an underhand grip by the wrist.  From the wrist grab,   the defender lifts up  with all their body weight to the ceiling.  At a certain point, the attacker’s shoulder should be dislocated.  A mistake I made was cradling the arm on the stomach.  To max leverage don’t cradle the attacker’s arm on the stomach, leave a little space. Second, really punch down with force.  Lastly, cradle the attacker’s arm under the elbow.

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