How to Get Out of a Headlock

A headlock is a hold where someone has another person’s head underneath their arm, while facing the same direction.  It is similar to a guillotine choke, but it is far less effective.  The side headlock is not a recommended grappling position in a fight.  In fact, the person being headlocked is in a more dominant position, with the availability to strike the groin, and easily take the opponent down.

Headlock Choke HoldHow to escape a headlock:

  • Step 1: Stay balanced and grounded. Remember that you are not in any real danger, as long as you don’t fall forward onto the concrete.  Your opponent may be muscling you around, or throwing rabbit punches, so quickly move onto step 2.
  • Step 2: Strike to the groin or go for the take down.  While your opponent is standing wide and heavy, throw an uppercut punch to the groin.  To ensure that you get your opponent off of you, is to grab tight around the waist, pick them up, and slam them.  Another way to get them off, is to use your hand to bend their face back, while shoving your fingers into their eyes.

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3 Responses to How to Get Out of a Headlock

  1. Christine December 21, 2014 at 4:29 am #

    Love your channel! City of brotherly love my ass!!!! Keep the good work! Being from philly I’ve seen my share of brutality and your calm, effective and camraoderos way of speaking is on point! I’ll be sure to share your vids with my 8 year old daughter. Having her be able to defend herself is important to me.

    • ftips January 29, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

      Thank you very much, Christine! You sound like a great mother, keeping your daughter safe and aware. Take care!

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