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Women’s Self Protection Video Bonus

Women’s Self-Protection Breakout Session Video (running time 33 min)

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Bonus Video2: How to escape if your arms are pinned

Demonstration by Master Instructor Chris Ranck-Buhr

Teri G. wrote:

A question came up after I left the training last weekend when I spoke to my mom. I was raving about how much I loved the training, especially the women’s part at the end. Since she was raped as a teen she raised an interesting question. I wonder if you could pass it along to Tim or one of the trainers.

We were taught how to get out of being pinned down while our hands were above our heads but not if they were pinned underneath us as is typically used in the case of being pinned on the ground. This was my mother’s experience. If, despite our best efforts, we end up in this position what are the options besides kneeing in the perineum.

This may be impossible to describe without physically showing it, but I wanted to pose the question nevertheless.

Chris Ranck-Buhr replied:

Our goal is always to get to a target and smash it, not to escape a hold.

This is important to keep in mind so we don’t find ourselves “letting” someone grab or pin us. Instead, injure him as soon as you feel threatened.

That said, if we find ourselves in such a position the goal is the same—to get to a target.

With the arms pinned at the sides the process is essentially the same:

1. Heels to butt (feet flat)
2. Drive the hips up (pushing against the ground with the feet) at a 45˚ angle off to one side to unbalance him
3. As his balance breaks and he starts to roll, go with him and into a target (knee into groin, etc.)

What we do with our hands & arms is slightly different, though the same in effect—get the hands under the ankles/grab his shoes and lift with the side opposite his direction of travel. This is better seen in video:

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Notice how once his balance is broken I let go with my hand and go straight for the groin for that first injury.

Teri replied:

Chris, thanks so much! That video really helped. My question was specifically when the arms are pinned underneath not on the sides but the choices of how to get to a target would still be the same, I believe.

Really enjoyed the training and would love to come back!

Chris replied:

You are correct, with the arms pinned underneath the basic mechanics remain the same: we’ll use the strength and leverage of our legs to take him off balance so we can access targets. If he’s sitting on our thighs we can shift to one side (slightly) and pull the opposite shoulder up towards our ear to slip an arm out. This stuff isn’t nuanced—it must be explosive, violent action.

Two ideas here:

1) Move! Move towards injury… without resisting. Going strength-to-strength just wears us down. Figure out where you can move and do so (this is usually perpendicular to the force—remember sliding down the wall & being able to slide our arms along the floor).

When we directly resist the force in an effort to get away we wear ourselves down and give him the structure he needs to hang on. When we attack and move towards injury he’s got the tiger by the tail. Move so you can dig for eyes, throat, and/or groin.

2) There are situations and circumstances where we might have to wait for an opportunity to injure. Ideally we’d like to take immediate action before the grab or hold is locked in (injure him as he goes for the grab)—we’ll seize every opportunity—but if we find ourselves momentarily unable to effect a change, or to create that opportunity by moving, then we must wait for the small change that gives us our opening.

This isn’t easy; it requires presence of mind and patience against the terror, but I know of two people we trained who have done just this. They realized there was nothing they could do in the initial moments but watch and wait for that opportunity.

And when things changed—in one case it was the man getting tired of holding on and loosening his grip, in the other it was bringing his eyes close enough to strike—they both caused injury immediately and changed everything in their favor.

We want a constant state of attack, but without any useless struggle. Every effort should be directed toward injury.

Glad to hear the video helped, & hope this finds you well.