Defense when someone is on top of you

Last week I posted a video from Texas Krav Maga, a school teaching self- defense along with kickboxing. I noticed a few instructors teaching young children while waiting for my class to begin. One of the moves they taught that really caught my eye was how to escape when an attacker is on top of you. This is a highly effective tool for anyone, not just women to use. Because who knows, there could be some intimidating muscular women out there too. The world is an unpredictable place.

When the attacker is on top of their victim, their literally using all of their weight to keep you down. One quick and easy way to retaliate can be to spit in their eyes to distract them from the next move you are about to do. While they are on top it is key to bridge out which is to get your legs up, bending at the knees with your feet planted firmly on the ground a few inches from your butt and spread shoulder width for stability. Using whichever foot you are most dominant with, swing it out and hook it around the attacker’s ankle. From there take your hand, more specifically the one opposite from the foot you hooked around their ankle and place it on their side shoving them over to the ground.

In order for you to escape from that undesired position, you will need to trap your attacker’s foot all while doing a “buck and roll” movement. There are cases where your hands may be pinned down in which you would have to buck and roll with more force. If done correctly, you should be able to turn your attacker around and land on top of him. This would be a favorable position to strike and escape out of this particular situation.

Unfortunately I did not capture this technique on any personal raw footage but found a video by Nick Drossos demonstrating quite similarly to to implement this move. You can watch it here.