Lifehack: Self-defence (grips)

Sunday 5 October 2008, 11.56am HKT

Learn to break free from grips. If someone grabs you by the wrist, do this:

  1. straighten fingers and palm into a ‘karate chop’;
  2. twist (rotate) hand and wrist so little finger is next to the attacker’s thumb;
  3. tuck elbow into ribs to stiffen your whole arm;
  4. turn/swing WHOLE BODY away in a very sharp motion to yank hand free.

Kissing range: You are momentarily up close to your attacker when you tuck your elbow into your ribs – which should scare the living daylights out of him/her. (If the attacker is truly hot, I don’t see why not … never mind.)

Tip: Rehearse the moves exactly 13 times with a [bigger] friend (mind you don’t injure yourselves) and they should come almost naturally to you in ‘live’ action.

(Aside: The Naked Listener was last graded 500 million years ago a san-kyu (third grade, or green belt) in jiu-jitsu, a precursor of judo.)

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