Another defense is suddenly drop your body straight downward while thrusting the leg that is opposite to the choking arm straight backward while turning your body downward and toward the opposite direction. The object of the movements is to throw the person over your shoulder opposite to the choking arm and to fall atop the person.
When you are fighting for your life, bite off anything within range, concentrate both your hands on pulling back and breaking one finger at a time, and gouge eyes. Punches, releases, locks, etc. may not work, but even the strongest attacker will ease up when in excruciating pain.
Keep training and keep thinking about what you might do in attack situations. If you have thought about a self-defense situation before it occurs, you will react quicker when it does occur. The good thing about martial arts training is that it is there if it is needed, but if it is never needed, you will still benefit from the other aspects of the training, such as better health, better fitness, better coordination, and having fun.
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