U.S. Army Combatives – FM 3-25.150

8-02 Defense Against Bear Hugs

8-2. DEFENSE AGAINST BEAR HUGS

a. Front Bear Hug Over Your Arms (Figure 8-5). If the enemy attempts to grasp you in a bear hug from the front over your arms, move your hips back and use your arms as a brace between his hips and yours. Your hands should be on his hip bones, and your elbows should be braced against your hips. Keeping one arm as a brace, step to the opposite side to achieve the clinch. Finish with a takedown.

Figure 8-5. Defense against the front bear hug over your arms.

Figure 8-5. Defense against the front bear hug over your arms.

 

Figure 8-5. Defense against the front bear hug over your arms (continued).

Figure 8-5. Defense against the front bear hug over your arms (continued).

b. Front Bear Hug Under Your Arms (Figure 8-6). If the enemy attempts to grasp you under your arms, step back into a strong base and use both hands to push his chin upwards to break his grasp. Finish with a knee strike. If he is exceptionally strong, push upwards against his nose.

Figure 8-6. Defense against the front bear hug under your arms.

Figure 8-6. Defense against the front bear hug under your arms.

 

Figure 8-6. Defense against the front bear hug under your arms (continued).

Figure 8-6. Defense against the front bear hug under your arms (continued).

c. Bear Hug From the Rear, Over the Arms (Figure 8-7). When the enemy attempts to grab you from behind over your arms, drop down into a strong stance and bring your arms up to prevent him from controlling them. Step to the outside and then around his hip so that your legs are behind him. At this point you may attack his groin, or you may lift him with your hips and throw him.

Figure 8-7. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, over the arms.

Figure 8-7. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, over the arms.

 

Figure 8-7. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, over the arms (continued).

Figure 8-7. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, over the arms (continued).

d. Bear Hug from the Rear Under Your Arms (Figure 8-8). When the enemy grasps you from the rear under your arms, he will probably try to lift you for a throw. If he does so, wrap your leg around his so that you are harder to maneuver for the throw. When he sets you down, or if he did not lift you in the first place, lean your weight forward and place your hands on the ground. Move to one side until one of his legs is between yours. Push backward slightly and reach one hand back to grasp his heel. When you have a good grip, reach back with the other hand. Pull forward with your hands, and when he falls, break his knee by sitting on it as you pull on his leg.

Figure 8-8. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, under the arms.

Figure 8-8. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, under the arms.

 

Figure 8-8. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, under the arms (continued).

Figure 8-8. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, under the arms (continued).

 

Figure 8-8. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, under the arms (continued).

Figure 8-8. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, under the arms (continued).

 

Figure 8-8. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, under the arms (continued).

Figure 8-8. Defense against the bear hug from the rear, under the arms (continued).

CAUTION

 

Care must be taken when practicing this technique to avoid accidental injury.


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