This article will help you change your response to this very painful street fighting technique. There are many possible responses. One martial-arts technique is more efficient than the others ….
Street Fighting Problem – Lack of Predictability
Originally, I wanted to share a tactic with you where you could defend against an attacker using a simple hair pull. Simple, direct. Painful, but not unnecessarily damaging.
You can control without really hurting the aggressor.
What I had in mind was to share a particular pull-pull-release response. I was going to use the street-fighting hair grab as an example.
I thought it would be a great tactic to combine with hair pulling in a fight. I was wrong.
There was a problem ….
Different Responses to the Martial-Arts Technique
When I grab people's hair, they do not all respond the same way. A hair grab is a great control, and you can cause a lot of pain in a fight.
It's perfect as a control, while you continue hitting and kicking. Someone attacks you. Your response is a stop kick to the shins. This is your move that bridges the distance. You move into range for a hair grab.
Still, people react differently, when you grab their hair. Possible reactions include:
* The opponent resists by pulling away from the grab direction. Sort of a "yank free" goal.
* As soon as you grab hair, you feel your hand grabbed. Your opponent tries to lessen the pain by stopping your pull on the hair.
* The opponent goes with the grab. You pull the hair, and your opponent topples into you, or at least in your direction.
* You grab. Your opponent immediately hits or kicks. Instant release.
This last point is what I want you to consider practicing.
An Efficient Response to a Painful Technique
Any time someone grabs your hair, respond with a kick or a hit … or both. Immediately. No pause.
Do not waste time pulling, grabbing, or even locking.
Do not go with the pull, if you do not have to – do not assume that a hair grab has to end in an on-the-ground tumble.
Kick or hit. Simple. Direct.
Do you crave more efficient martial arts techniques?