Bearhug Defense to Leg Attack

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-JitsuCourtesy Erin Toughill (

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1 Erin minding her own business … when attacker comes from behind.

2 Bear Hug is applied underneath arms.

3 Erin immediately opens legs and drops hands to floor.

4 Then she quickly moves to one leg to apply a sweep.

5 Leg is grabbed.

6 She grabs leg and stands up.

7 Knee bar is quickly applied while Erin thrusts hips forward and chest back.

8 If attacker rolls over Erin follows and applies ankle lock. There’s no escaping that!

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