How to Escape a Bear Hug

Learn how to escape a bear hug in this self-defense video from Howcast.

Now we’re going to speak about how to escape a bear hug. Very important to know that this is something that we do not expect. Okay? That’s why the attacker goes from behind. So imagine that she is there, she is walking, or whatever. She is doing that. I’m going to close her. Okay? That’s a surprising move.

What do you do? First, don’t panic at all. Okay? Second of all, very, very, very important. As soon as you feel that, try to grab the person’s arms. Okay? Very important. Very slow. As soon as you feel that, grab that person’s arms. Very important. Okay? Now what she’s going to do, is she’s going to drop her weight. That’s the most important. Do it again. Drop her weight. Okay. Down.Okay . Again. Down. And then she’s going to stomp on my foot. Very important. Do it again. Okay. Nice. Very important, too.

Separate both movements. Why? If you try to do this at the same time, you’re probably going to lose some balance. You don’t want to do that. Specifically if the other person is very big. What you’re going to do is, you’re going to drop your weight first, then you stomp. Then you’re going to move. Okay? That’s the first step. Okay? Drop your weight. Boom. Stomp. Move. Exactly.

In the last one, she’s going to hit. Exactly. She’s going to hit. In this case, she’s going to hit my groin. Okay? Again. Nice. Nice. So, come back. Again. Drop your weight. Nice. Okay.

Another variation that we can do is, once we drop our weight, we can take advantage not only of his arm, but we can also head butt that person. Or we can even use our hand to slap the person. Or we can grab her ear, or his ear, and pull. Okay? Very quick. Stomp. You can use a head butt, or you can use your hand to slap that person, grab the ear. And just pull it. Okay?

That’s how you escape a bear hug.