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Torso Grab Back Escape

An important point about this attack is that a wrestler who uses this attack is going to have the attackee on the ground in a fraction of a second. In training it is prudent to assume that Nage will have no time to do much of anything. The response has to be something that will work while Nage is falling.

Example 1, Back Torso Grab Escape.

Movie of Back Torso Grab Escape.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Raise Arm Fig. 3 Face Uke Fig. 4 Head Crank Fig. 5 Push Down

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start position. Uke has already grabbed Nage's torso from behind without grabbing Nage's arms.
  2. In Fig. 2 Nage needs to turn and face Uke. Nage does a Kuta Startle Reflex as Nage's left arm shoots up into the air and Nage turns to face Uke. Here the move is done slowly to demonstrate the body mechanics but in application Nage's movement is like a strike. Nage could strike Uke's head but that would stop Nage's turning to face Uke.
  3. In Fig. 3 Nage has turned to face Uke. Uke's arms are busy holding Nage but Nage's arms and legs are free for any of many attacks.
  4. Fig. 4 shows Nage applying a head crank. This was done gently in a practice manner. In a life threatening situation Nage's left palm could strike Uke's face on the right side and Nage's right palm could strike the back of Uke's head on the left side. This would snap Uke's head into the head crank causing extreme pain and possibly fatal injury.
  5. In Fig. 5 Nage has pushed Uke down and Nage is free.

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