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Nasty Thumb Lock Takedown

Nearly all of us have been in a situation where a guy has grabbed our upper arm to try to gain control of you or show his dominance. Grabbing the arm is a common way for someone to escalate a conflict without throwing a punch.

Because this is so common any self defense system is not complete without having a way to deal with this kind of attack.

Most of the time when a guy is grabbing your arm this way a fight is eminent. The last thing you want is to start the fight with the attacker already in control of you.

A grab like this is also a common way for multiple attackers to work. One guy grabs and restrains you while another guy starts laying on a beat down. Not a good place to be.

Fortunately there is a really easy way to take down a guy who has grabbed your arm, even if he is larger and stronger than you. This technique relies on a thumb lock that the attacker is literally handing you when he grabs hold of your arm.

Check out the video to see exactly how this is done.

As you can see in the video this technique doesn’t rely on size or strength. Like any good self defense move it relies on you being smart and using any advantage you have.

The great thing about this move is that when you drop your weight you will be able to take down guys who are way heavier than you are (even if you are only 150 pounds). Also this self defense move actually works better if you are shorter than your attacker, because when you drop down to your knees you will be pulling him further off balance.

Go ahead and practice this move with a training partner or friend. As you can see in the video you should train this with floor pads so you can really practice taking the attacker down to the ground.

Be careful this thumb lock can break the thumb so be smart when you practice it.

This is just one more great self defense tool to add to your arsenal.

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209 thoughts on “Nasty Thumb Lock Takedown”

  1. Thank you for the thumb move but once the attacker is thrown is that the time to run to safety ? Or what other fighting moves can I go into ?

  2. Thanks again Bob these fight Technics are great please keep them coming, they have tought my wife and kids how to protect them selves.

  3. got any slick self defense tricks for someone in a wheelchair? believe it or not i am more a target now than I ever was. I always thought that even lowlifes would not attack someone in a wheelchair, but turns out they are lower than I would have ever imagined. I do thank you for what you have posted. you are greatly appreciated.

  4. That was very good, I never even thought about doing that. Even as a Recon Marine, but to that was 40 years ago, and I know the Recon trains even harder now.