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How to Defend against a Side Choke in Krav Maga

Learn how to defend yourself against a choke hold that comes at you from the side from Krav Maga Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi in this Howcast video.


Working on a defense against a choke hold that comes at you from your side.

Alright please, on this side.

One more time.

Slow. He choked. The first thing I do, I identify target. Both hands are going to work at the same time. One hand is going to run and strike him straight into the groin. The other hand is going to run and attack his thumb in that direction. It's important that the hand is going to stay close to you and not too far from your neck. The closer it is to your neck, the more power you have to hold it and keep him in place.

Remember, with that hit to the groin, his motivation will be to open that gap as far as he can away from you and you want to maintain them there for a second. So, it's important that this hand will be held by keeping your elbow up. From that elbow, from that strike, to the groin, sorry, I'm going to raise an elbow towards his chin. And from there, if I don't continue to strike, I can open up the gap and reassess that situation.

One more time. He's going to come at you from that side. First thing you're going to do is identify and go straight into the groin. All fingers, palm towards him. Just in case, you want to grab and pull, as well. And one. Again, one. Again, one.

At the same time, I'm going to bring the hand in directly across, keeping my elbow as low as possible. One, again, One, again. One, stay there. From here, elevate the elbow by pushing your quads directly into his chin. Again, one, two. Again, one, two. Again, one more time, one, two. One, two.

So, two, we're going to step a little step away from him. One, two. Take yourself away, open up space. One more time. And up, one, two. And we're going to open up space and get ourselves away. It's important that you understand that we do it from left and from right, except the people behind us already know how to it. So we're going to go and do it from one side and then out-switch them, but if you want to try and keep it and do it at home, then you've got to it both sides.

Please, take yourself a double. Guys, choke girls only from this side. Actually we work from there. Again...

And let's do the other side. Quick and aggressive. Very nice. More aggressive. And one last time. Thank you very much.

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