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How to Escape a Bear Hug

The bear hug is a common attack on the street, especially if someone is trying to abduct you. This is how you escape it.

The bear hug is a common attack on the street, especially if someone is trying to abduct you. 

This article will tell you exactly how to get out of it.

Escaping a Bear Hug Vlog

Front Bear Hug

When someone grabs you in a bear hug you can either have your arms trapped or free. Escaping with your arms trapped is harder so we will deal with that first. 

The first thing you should be thinking about is to attack. You can use headbutts, kicking the shin, knees to the groin, etc. Do whatever you can until you can break free. 

If your arms are free, the principle is the same. Now you can also use your palm heel, forearms, and elbows. It becomes much easier. 

You don't really need any specific escape techniques to get out of a bear hug (or any hold). Just strike your attacker enough times and he (or she) will let go. 

If your abductor tries to pick you up, hook your legs behind their knees and it will limit how far they can lift you. 

Rear Bear Hug

The same principles apply to a rear bear hug. Strike in vulnerable places wherever you can. 

Rear attacks include stomps, back kicks, rear elbows, rear headbutt, etc. 

Do everything you can to get them to let go and escape.


The general idea behind all escape situations is to attack in any way you can in vulnerable areas.

Never stop looking for better ways to use what you have. Also, don’t forget to scream for help!

If you want to learn more specific techniques that you can use to defend yourself in these kinds of situations, check out ‘The Self-Defense Handbook’.

Safe training!

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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