Okay, this is probably hijacking my own thread, but what the hell:
Originally Posted by CapnMunchh
First, it is important that we understand each other on the term 'standing straight'.
If you allow the opponent to bend you over in the headlock so that your back is bent etc, it is practically impossible to counter. In order to counter effectively, you have to get your hips underneath you and your spine straight. It is like when squatting with a barbell - hunched back, straight legs = no power. Instead, your knees must be bent, your back is straight, your hips underneath you, the head is looking up. Only after you get your base back like that you can effectively counter the headlock - be it with a takedown or a pressure against some part of opponents body.
Yes, side headlock done properly is a necklock (when he goes with you to the ground). Tony Cecchine shows this perfectly in his series 'Snap no tap'. But I do not think that many people know how to do this.
There are a lot of headlock defenses out there. I think a lot depends on body position, whether there's movement, relative strength, pain tolerance, etc. What I've learned is that there are 2 potential bad scenarios: (1) you get punched in the face repeatedly -- so its a good idea to reach around his back and hold on to the arm that's not around your neck, and (2) he goes to the ground into a side mount type position with your head under his arm, which could break your neck. So, I figure that, assuming its not just a friend screwing around, after grabbing his free arm I fall back or roll forward, both of which put him on his back. if he's still holding on, I throw my leg over him to get in a mounted position. There are then a couple of things that can get him to let go.
As for the punches, the above mentioned man refers to punches in side headlock as 'love taps'; meaning, you cannot really throw with power from that positions.
Nevertheless, to counter a headlock, primary objective is always to establish the base as described above. And then, counter before he goes to the ground with you. Without the base and without being faster, no technique works.
My brother six years older than me did this once maybe twice. After that, I never let him near me, and my dad caught in one time in the backyard doing that to me. Told me and him nuts and head shots, INCLUDING the neck were off limits.
To me it works on unsuspecting victims, much like others have said. Our dad taught us some pressure point stuff, but like others said, it is last ditch. Primary target has always been the groin and then submit, sticking fingers in the throat is nothing I would go to even in training , would much rather work on my feet so my brother COULDN'T do that ****.
That being said, there are people here in Albuquerque who swear by this type of martial art and have done some stuff on me, it is legit, thus the footwork comment. (don't let them near you till you are ready if possible)
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