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How to Escape a Hair Pull

Someone pulling your hair and dragging you away is one of the most common assaults on the street! Read this to learn the best way to defend against it.

Someone pulling your hair and dragging you away is one of the most common assaults on the street!

Do you know what to do to escape it? 

Read on for some tips.

Hair Pull Escape Vlog

Go Towards Him

If someone tries to grab your hair, your initial instinct may be to run away.

But that’s a bad idea…

Not only will it hurt, but you will likely be pulled off balance. 

Instead, move in towards the attacker as you grab their hand(s).

This sets you up for the next step.


Once you are close, attack!

Do so with all your strength and high aggression. 

It doesn’t need to (and shouldn’t) be anything fancy.

Just use basic self-defense strikes at primary target areas. 

A simple kick to the shin or knee to the groin is perfect.

Finger Bend

If your self-defense strikes aren’t enough to make him/her let go, try using a finger bend to force your attacker's grip open.

It is basically isolating one or two fingers and bending them back. 


Self-defense is a very fluid thing. 

Since every situation is different, there is no ‘one’ right way to do something.

In general, you want to keep it simple.

Strike hard and then get away. 

Also, don’t forget to scream for help. 

If you want to learn more about self-defense, check out ‘ The Self-Defense Handbook’, currently on sale with a bunch of FREE bonuses. 

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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