Chris Roberts

Defense Against a Front Choke

The Front Choke attack requires one do damage immediately to survive most often! In this short excerpt from the SAFE International resource library for our instructors, Richard Dimitri and yours truly offer a few minutes of our philosophy on dealing with the front choke!  The front choke is a common attack women face particularly in domestic violence scenarios.  As we mention in the video, one is not defending against a move, but rather the intention behind the move which is much more powerful.  With a front choke attack there is a lot of rage so one must be prepared to fight back immediately due to the seriousness of such an attack and.  Check it out...                   If ...
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Chris Roberts

SAFE International Self Defense Blog Drill Analysis

SAFE International Self Defense Blog Drill Analysis
SAFE International Self Defense Blog Drill Analysis I recently posted a video of one of our self defense ground drills that we teach to high school students or anytime we are covering how to defend against an attack on the ground. It received a lot of positive attention so I thought I would break it down in more detail in order to explain what is happening and what we are hoping to see and feel from those participating in the drills.  Before we even get to this drill we discuss the importance of avoiding the ground if possible since there are so many disadvantages to being on the ground, with just a few of those disadvantages being that you may be on a surface that is not ground friendly like the mats we train on.  You could be on...
Chris Roberts

So You Are Being Choked, What Now?

So You Are Being Choked, What Now?
Here is the first of 3 videos showing some of the options you may have if defending against the Front Choke. Attacking back with gross motor striking/shredding rather than fancy, complicated, memorized techniques gives you your best chance of escape. A front choke is a life threatening attack and doing anything less than damage immediately lowers your chances of survival.  Trying to out muscle your attacker by knocking their arms off or attempting to spin out of it has little effect if the attacker is stronger.   As my friend Richard Dimitri likes to say, "If attacked, you must be engaged in hurting them or they will be engaged in hurting you!" The scenario and its variables will dictate how far you must or can go in defending you...
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