Defensive tactics training: Using Big Ben to escape from a headlock

There is one escape from the headlock that recognizes the danger of the hold


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 series I share some of the defensive tactics techniques that helped me prevail on the street. The series presents a variety of defensive tactics in a format that allows you to follow the instructions and practice the technique. Remember practice makes prepared.

The headlock is a common hold that has been used on police officers during violent physical assaults. The problem with the headlock for an intended victim is that if the attacker maneuvers correctly, the victim will find themselves in a side strangle. The attacker is also in a position to deliver impacts to the face, the head, or inflict severe neck injuries upon an officer without options.

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