I was looking at an old self defence manual the other day and the moves presented in the book just seemed to be quite ridiculous. While we do train self defence at our club I wouldn't consider myself an expert by any means.
This has got to be my favourite from the book. Maybe it could work in some situations.
Supposedly an escape from a bear hug, but looks more like an escape from a gentle spooning at the bus stop to me. I call this one Assume The Position. When we have drilled bear hug escapes we realised that many techniques seem to rely on your attacker wrapping their arms around your upper arms. If this happens you have plenty of strength in the upper portion of your arms allowing you to drop your weight and throw your arms up. However, more often that not when we stepped it up a gear we naturally grabbed each other by wrapping our arms much lower, just above the defenders elbows. The only reliable way we found to escape was to distract with a foot stomp or some wild kicking while grabbing the attackers little finger and pulling it in a direction little fingers don't want to go in.
This has me wondering what would be effective in a real, very choatic situation. Would medicore or next to useless defences work if you applied them with enough outright aggression? Would good technique with less agression be better? If there were mutiple attackers would defending yourself in a more measured way be seen as a challenge to be accepted by the next attacker or would opening a can-o-whopass on the first guy be more of a deterrent?
There was a news story a while back about a man who dragged a woman into an alley to attack her. The woman had no self defence training but she just flipped the switch and relentlessly punch, kicked, screamed and bit. She even got her keys out of her pocket and repeatedly stabbed him in the head and face with them until he let go and she could escape. It worked for her in that particular situation but would such a method be a good thing to suggest to other people?