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How to Escape a Choke Hold

If someone wraps their arm around your throat from behind, this technique can help free you.


  • Step 1: Grab their arm Using both of your hands, grab onto the arm that is choking you.
  • Step 2: Shrug your shoulders Now shrug your shoulders while at the same time pointing your head down, so your chin is nestled in the crook of their elbow. Sink forward.
  • Step 3: Trap their leg Next, swing your leg – the one that's on the side of the arm strangling you – behind their leg and hook your calf around their calf.
  • TIP: Make sure you really trap their leg with yours, as opposed to just lightly placing it behind their leg.
  • Step 4: Turn around Make a sharp, 180-degree turn in the direction of the arm that's choking you, and then pull the assailant across your body.
  • Step 5: Escape Make your getaway.
  • FACT: Women who learn self-defense skills have higher self-esteem, according to a study.

You Will Need

  • Martial-arts techniques

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