Combatives expert Kelly McCann shows you how to handle “handshake” situations in this exclusive self-defense video from the Black Belt video vault! (Please note that the Black Belt magazine issue shown in the video is no longer for sale.)
In this combatives video, Kelly McCann demonstrates what to do in a street situation in which somebody shakes your hand but then you find that he won’t let go. According to Kelly McCann, there are several options for getting out of such a scene.
The first option is to take your free arm and slam the bone edge into his wrist and step back, the combination of the surprise impact and your pull-away facilitating release from the opponent’s hold. As Kelly McCann explains it, “Straighten your hand, release the thumb … bang! It’s bone to bone.”
COMBATIVES VIDEO | Kelly McCann Shows You Three “Handshake” Counterattacks
The second option is a knuckle-press takedown in which, as Kelly McCann describes it, "You grab your own thumb, take your knuckle," and press it into the fleshy part of the opponent's hand, taking him to the ground while causing, "serious frickin' pain. ..."
The third option involves the opponent's thumb, locking it for pain infliction and opponent control. It's a simple and effective move, as Kelly McCann explains: "All I'm doing ... is I've got a thumb lock and I can actually take him down that way. I can actually bring him painfully there," then execute a takedown with a thumb-lock/arm-lock combination.
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Kelly McCann, the author of the best-selling reality-based self-defense book Combatives for Street Survival: Hard-Core Countermeasures for High-Risk Situations and the Combatives for Street Survival 3-DVD Set, is a former U.S. Marine special-missions officer responsible for counterterrorism and counter-narcotics.
Kelly McCann now serves as president of Crucible, a firm that organizes protective details in all sorts of high-risk environments. Crucible provides security support services and trains military, government and law-enforcement operators to do whatever it takes to survive and complete their mission. A former military and security analyst for CNN and MSNBC, Kelly McCann can often be seen on Fox News. During his many television appearances, he has served as a subject-matter expert in close-quarters combat, high-risk protective services, high-risk-environment force protection tactics, and terrorist techniques and procedures.