GB Technique: Self Defense – Escaping the HeadLock

This week on GB Technique we are going to look at one of the most common self-defense situations – the headlock. This technique is part of the GB1 Fundamentals program. If you have spent any time watching videos of street confrontations, you will certainly have seen the headlock in real-life action.
While the common headlock is not considered a technical ground fighting position between two opponents who know some jiu-jitsu, it is an instinctive move for untrained people. They instinctively grab the opponent’s head and squeeze. It’s important to know how to deal with this common situation.
Prof. Philipe Della Monica
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Standing Headlock Escape
Let’s start with the standing headlock with the opponent looking to throw punches with their free arm. There are a number of escapes from standing headlock and in this variation, Prof. Philipe escapes the grip on his head and ends up with a Kimura type of lock on the opponent’s shoulder.
Philip Della Monica
Ground headlock escape
This is certainly one of the most important self-defense techniques that you will ever learn. If your opponent is strong and determined, you need to know a technical way to escape the bottom without trying to match strength for strength with the opponent. This technique is an excellent example of the power of technique in jiu-jitsu.
See also on GB Technique:
The Heel Hook: Attack and Escape
Writer: Mark Mullen, Gracie Barra Black Belt