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[Video of this waza fast and slow, from the side, and ideally, overhead]

Defense against a bear hug, under the arms

  • Grab the opponent’s hair, and pull their head back.
    • If the opponent is bald, push their forehead up.
  • Rising palmheel strike to their chin.
  • Push the opponent’s chin up and back to off-balance the opponent and break their grip.
  • Claw the opponent’s eyes and/or grab and tear their face as needed.