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On the yellow belt road: Choke and Headlock Defenses

6 Sep

Nine more days untilĀ  my test!

The thing with choke and headlock defenses is the same with any other moves: practice practice practice. I go through the moves at home over and over until they are automatic.

Choke from the Front

There are two ways to get out of this:

  1. 2 hand pluck with kick/knee to groin
  2. 1 hand pluck with heel strike to chin/throat

I like the second option better. With the first, I feel awkward plucking with two hands and kicking at the same time. With the second, you have both feet on the ground.

Choke from the Side

I think I’ve only practiced this once. Maybe I’ll request it in an upcoming class, as well as practice at home.

Choke from Behind

I haven’t practiced this one too much either.

Choke from the Front with a Push

I’ve practiced this a lot, or maybe it just feels that way because it was on Tuesday night. The trick is that you have to get your arm very close to your ear and to turn very “violently,” as they say. If you have a partner who’s holding you lightly, getting out is no problem. But if you have someone who’s holding on tight (without cutting off your airway) and you don’t do it right, you won’t be able to get out of it.

I had one classmate who was a monster about this, which was good because when I couldn’t get out of her death grip, I knew I was doing it wrong.

Choke from Behind with a Push

I have practiced this before, but it’s been a while. It’s a similar idea to Choke from the Front with a Push, except that when you turn, you turn all the way around.

Headlock from the Side

I know the movements for this pretty well, but my problem is getting my finger under the person’s nose at the right angle. If you just push up or back, it’s uncomfortable for the attacker, but it doesn’t hurt. If you get that 45 degree angle, it really fucking hurts. From the video it doesn’t look like it, but I can attest that it does. I’m not saying it stings, I’m saying it’s unbearably painful and all you want to do is get away.