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The Monkey Flip – Lethal Defense Against a Front Tackle

A front tackle is usually used by a bigger man who is using his larger mass to take the advantage. Trying to stop him in his tracks is useless if you are smaller, it’s just basic physics. That’s why you need a move like this that doesn’t require you overpowering him.

Front Tackle Defense: Check opponent with both forearms against the shoulders.

This move is pretty simple. You check him with both of your forearms against his shoulders. This ensures that he doesn’t get a tight hold on you and prevent you from getting the guillotine.

Next you get the guillotine hold and drop to the ground. It’s very important that when you get the guillotine hold you have your forearm against his trachea.

Front Tackle Defense: Transition into a guillotine hold with the top of your forearm against his trachea.

As you go to the ground you keep one leg bend so that your knee is into his abdomen. Next you utilize your momentum and a push from the knee that’s into his abdomen to flip him over.

This is where this self defense technique gets lethal. If you retain control of his head in the guillotine when you flip him it will break his neck. This is not usually the goal of a self defense situation, but there may be times when you have no choice.

Front Tackle Defense: Drag opponent to the ground. CAUTION: this move is LETHAL

Because this is a lethal technique you should never practice it full speed, there are just too many things that can go wrong. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend practicing the flip part at and speed unless you and your training partner are very experienced it’s just too dangerous. Once his weight and momentum sends him over in the flip there is very little you can do to stop it. You’ll also want to make sure you have training mats for this one.

This is a great self defense move but only when your life is in serious danger.

For more self defense from former Delta Force Operator Billy Burke check out his Total Defense Package.

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257 thoughts on “The Monkey Flip – Lethal Defense Against a Front Tackle”

  1. This was my favorite move when I was in wrestling except i didnt throw them over me , I would get them in a cradle & pin them before they knew what happened. Slamming them head first 9 times out of 10 they wouldn’t know what happened

  2. Today is no joke. If that’s the kind of thing that’s necessary. Then that’s the thing to do. You are the only one of you there is, fight like a thousand, don’t think about it, let you the fine tuned mechine take over and get the bad jobs over with now, who wants to carry on with what is known to be the threat, especially if it can Strike Back, the threat is a threat because it made itself known to be one. If that’s the facts. Then remove the thing that is causing a spoiling. And feel comfortable knowing that you did it as a service to all. And remain a silent hero. Peace, the Flame-O-Justice

  3. Fantastic demonstration of critical information; especially for women! Nicely broken down into understandable steps. Thanks so much!

  4. So good to have training that can give me more than a chance to survive against the young thugs of today who have a total disregard for life. I am trying to make it more than knowledge, but weapons of personal defense that I can help,my wife to try to be one step ahead when she and I are put in a compromising situation.

  5. Now that I am 64 years old and not as strong as I use to be i really appreciate your advice on how to protect myself. Thanks keep it coming