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Breaking grips and hand holds
Holds applied by an opponent are easily broken, regardless of the opponent’s physical strength. This is achieved by simply forcing the hand against the opponent’s thumbs, either inward or outward.
- Breaking rear strangle with body twist. When a strangle hold is applied, it is possible to escape by means of sudden body twist with lowered hip. Hunching the shoulders and twisting breaks the hold while the hands are held in a position of defense against kicks or knee blows.
- Breaking rear strangle hold with thumb lock. When a rear strangle hold is applied at arm's length, the breaking hold may be applied to the thumbs. With this leverage, the assailant's grip is easily broken. Because of its acute twisting force locking the elbow, opponent's power of resistance is minimized. Opponent's face is brought down into effective range of a knee lift.
- Breaking rear strangle with flying mare. When a strangle hold is applied from the rear, do not attempt instantly to break the hold. Instead, use both of your hands to pull the assailant's arms to get a breath and loosen the strangle. Strike opponent in the groin with the open hand or fist. As opponent's reaction throws him or her out of position, drop to the knee corresponding to the side of opponent's approach and throw opponent over your shoulder with a flying mare. As opponent lands, the natural position of opponent's arms and body makes it easy to apply an elbow lock.
- Breaking rear body lock with leg lift. When your hands are resting on your hips, the natural inclination of the assailant is to clamp his hold inside your arms. Before he can complete this hold, lean over and seize his nearest ankle, drawing his leg up between your own. Having thus gained the initiative, follow it up by throwing him and landing on him with your full weight on either his chest or abdomen.