Defensive tactics training: Escaping from a bear hug from behind with your arms pinned

When making an arrest, a cohort of the suspect may grab you in this manner to enable their friend’s escape from you


Having been an active street cop for the entire 33 years of my police career, as well as an active police trainer for 45 years now, in this year-long series I plan to share some of the defensive tactics techniques that helped me prevail on the street. I will present a variety of defensive tactics in a format that allows you to follow the instructions and practice the technique. Remember practice makes prepared.

A bear hug from behind, while pinning your arms, is one sudden assault you may face at some point in your career. When making an arrest, a cohort of the suspect may grab you in this manner to enable their friend’s escape from you. This attack could also be the initiation of a multiple assailant attack.

One good thing about this particular assault is that you are probably being attacked by someone who has very little training, because, when launched it instantly creates balance maintenance problems for the attacker.

Even so, you must react immediately to take advantage of the suspect’s imbalance or bad things may follow. So, here is one option for you to practice.

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