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Officer Safety Training Tip: Defending Against the Grab

In this sixth part of our series on defensive tactics, John Crouch, a coach at the Lab MMA Training Center in Glendale, Ariz., shows how to defend against the bear hug and other grabs.

August 20, 2014

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Dave Holtz @ 8/27/2014 10:27 AM

Do you REALLY want to go to the ground with the perp ... even in a position of advantage? Wouldn't it be better to get loose and use your weapon(s)? What if the officer in Ferguson, MO had taken the attacking thug Brown to ground? The cop would have disarmed and killed, or possibly stomped to death.

john adlington @ 8/27/2014 1:12 PM

When do police officers arrest people while wearing mma shorts, t-shirts & bare feet while inside an octagon..& on mats?..NEVER! & does the bad guy know it's over when he is put to the ground? Why don't you try that move in full kit on the concrete with a bigger angry guy who doesn't want to be arrested? Not to mention his buddies hanging around..or chances that he'll go for your gun because you haven't...Keep it real guys!

me @ 8/27/2014 9:17 PM

Small blades anchored throught your person are a good way to go. Definately on your belt but Not just on your belt. Under your shirt near your centerline, under your collar... etc. Small blades with tacky handles carried in sheaths that allow a break away draw from most any angle. Scrimshaw the SOB. Cause enough pain to allow you an opportunity to create distance. "Nothing is everything, everything is something." Do your research. Buy your towols.Get qualified/competant training. This is nothing new. Oh yeah, dont forget the Mike Tyson technique, bite something off - let his buddies know this cop eats more than doughnuts! ;-) Be safe.

Sgt. SmallTown @ 9/2/2014 6:10 AM

Not saying that this is the best technique, however any information on ways to defend myself on the steet are appreciated. "Circumstances dictate actions. " If I find myself in this position I now have one more SIMPLE tool in my mind of how to deal with it. Thank you gentlemen for taking the time to share this method and any other methods you share in the future. It is appreciated by some.

Joe S @ 9/3/2014 11:53 AM

I believe this training is if you get caught off guard. One more tool to have to get the advantage. Plus, this would work great off duty. Thank you for the demonstration, I thought it was very informative

Sgt. Dave Scirrotto @ 2/4/2015 7:51 PM

John and Dave, Take some time to train. The use of mats and training gear is so you can complete training as close to real life without being injured by your "kit" falling on concrete etc. Obviously it is better not to be in the situation with a subject, but as we all know, it happens and we make mistakes as in Ferguson. Too close and didn't exit his vehicle. Take a few weeks at Jits or mma school and you will understand. Then apply it to using less lethal weapons like Mace and Taser, and now we are onto something integrated that works especially if a tool fails or our tactics fail when we are complacent or just make a mistake. Trust me a well trained officer in Jits or MMA has more tools in more situations than most. Try it and you will see. Dave.

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