Tai Hodoki - Escape from front bear hug

By Yossi Sheriff
Featured hodoki
Basic releases
Double hand release
Te hodoki - Omote gyaku
Single hand release
Opposite hand release
Release from front body hold
Release from rear body hold


Background of the technique

This technique is used when an opponent holds the user with both hands around the torso-"bear hug". There are variations to the bear hug and therefore there are variations to the techniques assigned to be used against it.

Description of the Technique

In the first scenario the bears hug is applied around the torso alone- the user's arms remain free. To release himself of the hold- the user must force the opponent's head backwards- pushing thumbs into the opponent's eyes makes the task much easier. Once the user can push his thumbs into the opponent's eyes he has control over him and by forcing the opponent's head further backwards the user can drop him to the ground.

Video of tai hodoki, 1st henka


Description of tai hodoki, 2nd Henka

In the second scenario the bears hug is applied around both torso and arms. To release himself of the hold- the user must lower himself below his opponent- enough so he can release his arms and perform a bears hug hold on the opponent (only to the torso, excluding the arms). Next, the user steps around the opponent's leg and drops- along with him- to the ground. Note that the best way for the user to lower himself below the opponent is by placing his feet further apart in a wide stance.


Video of tai hodoki, 2nd Henka

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