Okay ladies, let’s look at some self defense techniques that can help you get out of a very common attack, the bear hug. The bear hug is usually used by an attacker who is larger and stronger than the victim, which is why it is often used by men who are attacking women. It can be a vicious attack, not because of physical pain, but because of the emotional state.
You’re being crushed by a vicious man who is significantly larger than you. Between his brute force and superior position, there is no way that you can break free by overpowering him. And since the assailant most likely grabbed you from behind, you can’t even see who it is who grabbed you, leaving you feeling blinded to the situation. It would be easy to give in to the terror of the moment. Especially if you don’t know how to get out of the pin. So, think it would be a good idea to learn how to escape a bear hug? Well, here are a few self defense techniques for women to help you out if you ever find yourself in that position.
The first technique is when your arms are pinned by the attackers arms. Believe it or not, you have a huge advantage here! Yes, you read that right, if his arms are wrapped around and pinning your arms, you have an advantage. If you have someone to practice with (a husband, boy friend, brother, or whoever) then I want you to try this. Have them put you into this style bear hug, have them try their best to hold on while you do the easiest thing in the world to get away. All you have to do is lift your arms. Yeah, out to your sides, lift your arms. It also helps if you try to drop to your knees at the same time. Go ahead and try it a few times, you’ll be surprised how easy it can be. Okay, now that you can get out of the bear hug, let’s look at how to press your own attack. Remember how I said it works better if you drop to your knees? Well, that’s not only because it makes it harder for the person to hold on to you, it also puts you in position to throw an elbow to the guy’s groin after you escape. Another good option would be a mule kick to the knee if you don’t drop down. Speaking of kicking, if you kick back into the man’s shin while he still has you in a bear hug there is a good chance of him loosening his grip some, making it easier for you to get away.
The other situation you might have to deal with is if the attacker has got you under the arms. Yes, your arms are free to reach back and scratch or slap at the guys face, but unless you get lucky and score a blind hit to his eyes, that’s not going to get him to let go. And despite what other people say, throwing your head back into his face isn’t a good idea either; that’s likely to hurt you as much as it does him. A better way to fight back is to use one of your legs to hook one of his (note: only use one so that when he releases you, there is still one foot to land on) this helps immobilize him to some degree so he can’t carry you off. At the same time you should be grabbing his hands, which will be clasped in front of you. Using your thumbs, dig into the underside of his wrist, just below the thumbs. This is a nice weak spot that is likely to get him to let go. Once he does let go you need to, as always, start to attack. I would recommend you to spin around with a backhand to his head, followed up by a few knee strikes to the groin (which is what I consider one of the best self defense techniques for women).