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How to Get Out of a Front Bear Hug in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Learn how to defend yourself against a front bear hug from Alliance MMA black belt Babs Olusanmokun in this Howcast Brazilian Jiu Jitsu video.


Front bear hug defense. No panic, he's grabbing you but his hands are tied up. My hands go to his hips, at that point, I just back my hips up. Now, one of my hands can come out, and hit him in the face, and I run.

He's got me, I do not panic, always important to never panic. My hands at his hips, and I'm going to push my hips back, walk my legs back, create space. He can hold me tight, hands at his hips, I've bend up my legs a little, back my hips up. Get a little space, strike in the face, run.

The other variation, I'm going to do the same. He's got me in a bear hug, my hands are going to go on his hips, I'm going to back out, ease to one side, and I'm going to go for a hip throw, like so. I get to the side here, once again, my back leg will go between his, add the other leg, I squat. When I stand back up, meaning straighten my legs, he's on my hips, and I throw him. That's all it takes to do a hip throw. You squat, get your hips under the opponent, straighten up, he's going to be on your hips, you take him over.

And that's your defense to the front bear hug.

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