Good question. I don't think I've ever been in that much trouble before, other than playing around with my brother during sparring, and it usually just ends up with laughing because "I got caught slipping."
I know how to get out of this. I prefer this over the bear hug. There's a technique in Jow Ga that would work against this. It's one of those techniques that don't get much use out of in sparring because we are never in this position were we could use it.It's easy to switch from "bear hug" to "under hook". The moment that you raise your arms, the moment your opponent will raise his arms too.
Your arms may not have that much freedom as you may think.
With your arms on the outside like the photo? If this is a MMA question why not bang away on the head? If not MMA I would try stepping back and settling in to my stance, like the opponent is. If I can get my center under his and push him back go for a front leg grab and takedown over the standing leg. Or, trap his arms, step back hard and take him down prone. You have the free hands/arms, not him.
With my arms over his, there are a few options, depending when I react. There’s a chance to lock around the arms while stepping back, which opens up some throws. If he gets the grip fully, hips back to keep from being lifted. If he raises to the lift (or under hooks) there are fewer options left, so I’m probably going for the head with both hands. If I can get his head back, I regain some control. If he gets fully inside, I might hook one of his legs to slow home down (can still get slammed, but have some control).
In "Pain in training" thread, you didn't like this training clip that I put up.I might hook one of his legs to slow home down (can still get slammed, but have some control).
I’d have to look at the post in the question - it probably wasn’t the video I didn’t like.In "Pain in training" thread, you didn't like this training clip that I put up.
That clip is to train exactly how to develop your leg to have "hooking (twisting) power" on your opponent's leg. Even today, I still have not found any other training that can develop this kind of "leg twisting" power.
I'd call that aiki, though not "pure aiki" (only because of the initial counter-push). That's one of the throws I was thinking of, though I didn't have a name for it. To me, it's one of the "techniques between the techniques".There’s so many variations of the “bear hug.” The one pictured above is probably the easiest to defend IMO, as they’re in front of you and both of their arms are occupied while both of yours are free.
The thing that came to my mind immediately was “lateral throw.” It’s traditionally done with one overhook and one underhook, but I’ve done it enough times in practice and during matches with double overhooks. The core mechanics are the same, but you’ve got to be a bit better at it with double overhooks.
The key in setting it up is getting your hips down enough but not too much, and pushing into your opponent. Once your opponent pushes back (natural instinct and they’re the aggressor after all), the throw is all using their momentum against them. Is this “aiki” for that crowd? The bigger they are and the harder they’re pushing, the more force they’ll hit the ground with. If you know how to do it well, you can really muscle it once they start flying to really make it hurt.
The video starts with one arm control, but goes into both arms a minute or two into it.