Friday, June 29, 2012

Escaping Chokes: 8 Points to Save Your Life.

Chokes are a very primitive form of attack.  They are also very dangerous as they can cut off air and blood supply to the brain leading to you to pass out or even die.   Even the relatively peaceful city of Toronto has seen its share of assaults involving chokes.  Accordingly, our Krav Maga self defense classes devote significant attention to this topic. 
Some of the points we stress to our Krav Maga students:
  • Your priority is getting air and blood flow. 
  • Use a “plucking motion” (rather than a grab) to release the choke. 
  • Pluck as quickly as possible – time is limited and speed creates the necessary power to release the grip. 
  • Pluck close to the wrist for best leverage. 
  • Strike a vulnerable point (e.g. groin) as soon as possible (this can significantly help with choke release!) 
  • Only release the plucked hand (s) the instant you are striking.  Don’t forget that the attacker is determined and possibly very skilled.  
  • As his grip releases strike, and, if possible, leave.  (If you are in a contained space e.g elevator you will have to continue fighting.)  
  • As you escape scan the area.  NEVER assume the assailant is alone. You also want to locate exits or find weapons of opportunity if you cannot leave.
Of course, our self defense training stresses prevention – using leg, hand, and body defenses, to prevent an attacker from establishing a choke hold.  There are, unfortunately, times when we are caught by surprise or overwhelmed.  When this happens, a fast and aggressive response can save your life.

Stay safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor and Owner
International Krav Maga Federation(IKMF), Toronto


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