Would you know what to do if an attacker grabbed your shirt in a bar, at an ATM or on the street? Krav maga expert Alain Cohen shows you a simple yet fiercely effective krav maga counterattack for exactly this situation in this excerpt from his six-DVD krav maga set, Krav Maga Personal Protection: The Israeli Method of Close-Quarters Combat!
This simple yet effective krav maga counterattack to shirt grabs involves a joint lock and gross-motor pressure-point manipulation to take down an attacker quickly and decisively in a one-two movement!
The key to this krav maga technique is in making the attacker’s body part of yours. As Alain Cohen explains, “When he’s grabbing me, I have to make his fist a part of my body. And if my body will turn, all his arm will turn.” The one-two movement is described as a press-down on the attacker’s grabbing hand with a slight forward press with the shoulder, followed by the abrupt turn of the whole body to effectively force the attacker into a submissive position, taking him down to a more manageable place for strikes, joint locks such as elbow locks, wrist locks or other vital-target counterattacks.
A slight variant of this technique involves just the body turn, which disrupts the attacker’s alignment and opens him up for the forward press with your shoulder. This acts as a blunt pressing force against his wrist, his arm and his shoulder in their weakened positions and brings the attacker to the ground.
KRAV MAGA VIDEO | Alain Cohen Shows You How to Use Krav Maga for Self-Defense Against a Shirt Grab!
In his six-DVD krav maga set, Krav Maga Personal Protection: The Israeli Method of Close-Quarters Combat, Alain Cohen provides self-defense instruction spanning six belt levels (from yellow to black), from krav maga basics to advanced techniques.
Topics on this krav maga DVD set include:
- punches | strikes
- kicks from the guard
- 360-degree defense tactics
- gun defenses | knife defenses
- improvised weapons
- falls | rolls
- grab counters
- sweeps | throws | chokes
- working in the guard
- joint locks | kicks
- third-party protection
- grenade disarms
- the Z lock
- tai sabaki (body movement)
- police locks
- vital-point attacks
- real-world scenario simulations
Alain Cohen is an official krav maga and Thai boxing instructor authorized by the Israeli Sports Ministry and a former member of the Israeli Defense Forces. Alain Cohen also teaches tactical krav maga to security for air marshals, pilots and crews.