Defense Against A Rear Bear Hug Attack -
By Prof. Gene Roos
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles on defenses
against various kinds of bear hugs. In this instance the attacker is
moving into the defender and grabs him as he is going forward. Following
articles will include defenses against static attacks -- against a bear
hug around the upper arms and around the arms at the elbow level.
There are several types of rear bear hugs. It is a common attack. One
type is a static attack where the opponent just grabs around your upper
body and arms and pins them to your side. In another type, to which the
defense is shown here, the attacker has momentum. He or she charges you
from the rear and grabs you.
With this type of attack, the defender’s movement illustrated
below diverts the attacker’s momentum and adds to it – the
attacker falls past your body. This defense is very powerful and swift;
the more forward momentum the attacker has, the more effective the defense
This type of defense is found in many jujutsu systems, in aikido, and
is also imbedded within some karate kata.
The attacker moves into you from the rear and grabs you from behind
in a bear hug.
Defender right foot steps at 45 degrees to the right
with his right arm outstretched (little finger up) at the same angle.
Defender bows at 45 degrees to the right with his left hand
coming up at a rear 45 degree angle. The attacker slides across
and down the right side of the defender.
About the Author:
Prof. Gene Roos, 10th dan Ju Jitsu, and 4th dan in judo, is a member
of the Board of Directors for the America Ju Jitsu Association. He is
a frequent contributor to FightingArts.com. In 1958 was awarded Shodan
(Judo) and won the Regional Judo Champion. In 1958 & 1959 was Judo
State Champion. His instructors include: Harold Brosious (Ketsugo), Dennis
Palumbo (Hakko Ryu Ju Jitsu, 8th Dan), George Kirby, & Shizuya Sato
(Ju Jitsu), Wally Jay (Small Circle Ju Jitsu), Dr. Sacharnoski (Hard
Style Ju Jitsu & Ki) and Master Mochizuki (a student of Funakoshi,
Kano, & Ueshiba). He is also the author of a series of upcoming books
on Aiki jujitsu as well as a number of videos including: "Aiki Jujitsu" (a
three video tapes series with manuals); "Deadly Attacks" (defense
against 30 knife, gun, stick and empty hand attacks); "Deadly Attacks-
part II" (defense against an additional 30 knife, gun and empty
hand attacks); "Deadly Attacks III" and "Devastating Throws
and Other Deadly Attacks " (defense against 30 advanced combat throws,
knife attacks, stick, and a rear shotgun attack), For more information