Defensive tactics training: More options for escape from a headlock

Police1 readers share alternative techniques to the 'Big Ben' option

Having been an active street cop for the entire 33 years of my police career, as well as an active police trainer for 43 years, in this year-long series I plan to share some of the defensive tactics techniques that helped me prevail on the street. I will present a variety of defensive tactics in a format that allows you to follow the instructions and practice the technique. Remember practice makes prepared.

In last month’s offering, I demonstrated a simple impact to the groin I called the “Big Ben.” It was offered as an option for an escape from a headlock. Some of our black belt officer/readers offered other options I would like to share with you, such as from:


“When you are brought into a headlock you must first immediately base yourself, then, like a windmill, reach up behind his head and closest shoulder to find his face/eyes. At the same time that you are grabbing his eyes and pulling his head back and down is when you swing with your other hand to ring the bell. This is partly for pain, but mostly for a distraction while you are breaking his stance. Remember, like OC, not everyone responds to a groin strike.” (This technique is not pictured.)

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