Thursday, May 7, 2015

Escaping Side Chokes on the Ground (P1)

Many assaults end up with attacker and defender on the ground. 

One of the first ground techniques we teach is escaping a side choke on the ground.  These assaults can happen after you are knocked or thrown down.  Your air is being cut off and an attacker (usually larger and stronger) is trying to keep you on the ground.  What do you do?

Here are some pointers for escaping this very dangerous attack.

1. Pluck to breathe. Similar to standing chokes your first priority is breathing and an effective tool to do this is a pluck. Pluck with the hand furthest from the attacker as the other will be busy preventing him from collapsing on you.

2. Create space. Striking palm to chest (some people strike to face or throat) to prevent attacker from getting closer. Immediately replace your arm with your inside leg (your leg should be diagonal across his torso - like a seat belt.  You will have to elevate you hips (see pic above).

3. Strike/kick and Get him off of you!  As your inside leg is maintaining space the outside leg is also elevating ready to kick.  The legs work together. The outside kicks him in the head as the inside pushes.  

4. Get Up!.  You are kicking through the attacker and landing with your kicking/outside leg forward facing the attacker.  Preferably you can get up quickly and escape but if the attacker persists you are in a position to attack with your legs.  

Stay safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto