Choke Hold Releases

Common choke holds (different from a rear naked choke) are interesting attacks. In most cases the attacker has placed themselves in severe jeopardy and then mistakenly believes they hold the upper hand. The first thing to realize about choke holds is that your opponent has, in most cases, employed both hands in an attack and Read More …

Headlock Releases

One of the most common types of grabs is a headlock. The opponent encircles your neck with one or both arms, trapping your head and limiting or preventing your movement. These can be life-threatening attacks and therefore require an immediate response on your part. We will discuss ways in which you can obtain your freedom Read More …

Orange Belt Kick Defenses

Several of the Uke combinations you study in this belt deal with defending against kicks. While these combinations can be useful at times there are often better ways to defend yourself against a kicking attack. Here are some additional guidelines to consider when defending against a kick. When possible, avoid blocking a kick with an Read More …

Orange Belt Rear Shoulder Grab Releases

When someone grabs you by the shoulders from behind you will need to react quickly. How you react depends, at least to some degree, on whether they are simply grabbing, grabbing and pushing, grabbing and pulling, or grabbing and then changing their grip (for example, proceeding from a rear grab to a choke hold. It Read More …

Juking

Non-Contact Juking Sadly, juking has little to do with the juke box pictured above. The word “Juke” (an English or Creole, not Japanese term) refers to performing some form of false or temporary movement that places your opponent out of position.  The term is used in football to indicate a movement that causes an opponent to Read More …