Hair pulling is a very effective down-and-dirty street fighting move, which I encourage you to learn, but this video is not about using hair pulling. No, this video is about defending against it. Hair pulling can be defended against and defeated if you act quickly. In the video above body guard, martial artist, and security expert Mark Parra shows you how.
The first thing to keep in mind is that hair pulling is a pain and control type of move. Very effective for this specific purpose, but it does not diminish your ability to strike the attacker. The key is acting quickly. As shown in the video above you’ll want to simultaneously shed the hand grabbing the hair and strike your attacker in a high value target. In this case the throat is chosen but could easily be swapped with an eye gouge or ear slap (whichever target is open at the moment is best). When shedding the hand holding your hair you are going to likely loose some hair in the process. Nevertheless, you must be forceful with the shedding move.
The message to the attacker is “you grab my hair I crush your trachea.” When done correctly he will suddenly be the distracted one giving you the split second advantage you need to follow up your initial strike with more punishing moves.
In the video Mark shows you how to follow up with a groin strike and elbow to the jaw. In many cases your escape may be possible after the initial throat strike but don’t count on it. Practicing these follow up moves will ensure that you know what to do even if things don’t go right (they often don’t).
For more of Mark Para’s quick and simple responses to violent attackers click here.