The “rag doll” grab is a very common fight move used by attackers who have blown there top. It’s often a way for them to “amp” themselves up to more damaging moves like punches and elbow strikes.
You don’t want to let that happen. That’s why I’m sharing this video clip with you.
Lucky for you the “rag doll” grab, where an attacker takes hold of you by your clothing and jerks you around, is a pretty easy one to defend against.
First off, both of the attackers hands are occupied gripping your clothing. This means you’ll have both hands free to take him out. Second, he’s probably so preoccupied with his emotions he won’t be ready for what’s about to happen to him.
As with many good self defense strategies it’s best to start off with a painful and quick distraction technique, in this case the eye gouge. His focus will go to the pain and fear this move temporarily creates.
In the mean time, you’ll be able to hit him with a kick to the inner leg, to take out his base. Next you’ll want to go back up top with a brutal self defense ear slap. Together these fight moves should have him dazed and confused, which is exactly how you want him for this devastating neck throw.
The neck throw may look difficult, but it relies on leverage, not brute force. It also works on taller attackers. Billy’s assistant in this clip is a good 4 to 6 inches taller than he is, and the self defense throw still works great.
Here’s how the neck throw works. The first step is following up the ear slap by putting him into a head lock. At the same time you need to squat down, lowering your center of gravity. At this point your arm should be hooked around the back of his head, while you grab his outside arm with your free hand.
Be sure that your feet are not too wide apart. They should be inside of his legs. While you squat down you need to tighten your arm around his head bringing him further over your shoulder. To complete the throw you simple stand back up while continuing to pull him over your shoulder. Standing up will take him off his feet and his body will “tip” over your shoulder, landing him on his back.
Once the attacker is on his back you can escape or follow up with whatever other self defense moves are necessary to end the fight.
For more simple and brutal self defense moves from former Delta Force Operator Billy Burke, check out his Total Defense Training Package.
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