Would you know what to do if an attacker grabbed your shirt in a bar, at an ATM or on the street? Krav maga expert Alain Cohen shows you a simple yet fiercely effective krav maga counterattack for exactly this situation in this excerpt from his six-DVD krav maga set, Krav Maga Personal Protection: The Israeli Method of Close-Quarters Combat! This simple yet effective krav maga counterattack to shirt grabs involves a joint lock and gross-motor pressure-point manipulation to take down an attacker quickly and decisively in a one-two movement! The key to this krav maga technique is in making the attacker's body part of yours. As Alain Cohen explains, "When he's grabbing me, I have to make his fist a part of my body. And if my body will turn, all his arm will turn." The one-two movement is described as a press-down on the attacker's grabbing hand with a slight forward press with the shoulder, followed by the abrupt turn of the whole body to effectively force the attacker into a submissive position, taking him down to a more manageable place for strikes, joint locks such as elbow locks, wrist locks or other vital-target counterattacks. A slight variant of this technique involves just the body turn, which disrupts the attacker's alignment and opens him up for the forward press with your shoulder. This acts as a blunt pressing force against his wrist, his arm and his shoulder in their weakened positions and brings the attacker to the ground.


KRAV MAGA VIDEO | Alain Cohen Shows You How to Use Krav Maga for Self-Defense Against a Shirt Grab!

In his six-DVD krav maga set, Krav Maga Personal Protection: The Israeli Method of Close-Quarters Combat, Alain Cohen provides self-defense instruction spanning six belt levels (from yellow to black), from krav maga basics to advanced techniques. Topics on this krav maga DVD set include:
  • punches | strikes
  • kicks from the guard
  • 360-degree defense tactics
  • gun defenses | knife defenses
  • improvised weapons
  • falls | rolls
  • grab counters
  • sweeps | throws | chokes
  • working in the guard
  • joint locks | kicks
  • third-party protection
  • grenade disarms
  • the Z lock
  • tai sabaki (body movement)
  • police locks
  • vital-point attacks
  • real-world scenario simulations
Alain Cohen is an official krav maga and Thai boxing instructor authorized by the Israeli Sports Ministry and a former member of the Israeli Defense Forces. Alain Cohen also teaches tactical krav maga to security for air marshals, pilots and crews.
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