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

Defense against an over-arm bear hug, from behind, with a knife to your chest

  • Grab the wrist holding the knife, and simultaneously step your opposite-side foot back with a rear elbow strike, to create some space.
  • Continue twisting, and duck under the opponent’s arm to escape the hold.
  • Pull the opponent’s hand towards you, forcing them to stab themselves.