Lesson 51: Bear Hugs (Ch7.1: Front Attack Defenses)

Lead Instructors:  Rener GracieRyron Gracie
 Access:  All   Status:  Active   Price:  $18.00 20% Coronavirus Relief Discount. $14.40
If someone confronts you, keep sufficient distance to avoid punches or other unpredictable attacks. If they can establish a bear hug from the front, you must quickly neutralize their control and disengage. In this lesson, we will discuss the two most common front bear hug attacks and their counters. First, we’ll teach you the defense against a bear hug under your arms and then we’ll show you what to do if the aggressor hugs over your arms.
Purchase Options
Purchase this single lesson without purchasing the complete course: Blue Belt Stripe 2 Course.
Add Course to Cart
This Lesson is part of Blue Belt Stripe 2 Course (61 Lessons). Purchase the entire course at once and save over 25%.
View Subscriptions
Subscribe today and get full course access for over 40% off after a 5-day free trial!

Lesson Specs

Lesson Goals

  1. Understand the Course Topic
  2. Refine your ability to execute the techniques presented in the Course
  3. Become familiar with the drills that can be used to develop your skills
  4. Achieve significant proficiency in the material

Instructions

  1. Watch the Lesson.
  2. Take notes on essential details.
  3. Bookmark key points in the videos for future reference.
  4. Ask questions in the Forum if you need help.
  5. Review the lesson multiple times to build confidence.

Lesson Slices

  1. Under-Arm Variation
  2. Over-arm Variation
  3. Rapid Mastery Drill: Level 1 - Full Combo
  4. Focus Sparring: Side Mount Startup
  5. Mindset Minute

Lead Instructors

Rener Gracie

Gracie University Chief Instructor

Ryron and Rener Gracie are the eldest grandsons of Grand Master Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Their father is Rorion Gracie, one of the world’s foremost experts in self-defense. In 1993, Rorion created the Ultimate Fighting Championship to showcase the supremacy of the family’s self-defense system in a realistic “no holds barred” confrontation against all comers. Rorion’s younger brother, Royce, won 3 of the first 4 UFC tournaments proving that the leverage-based techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu provided the most reliable way to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent. Ryron and Rener were born into this family tradition of testing the art against all challengers.

Rorion introduced his sons to the art as soon as they could walk. As children, they watched him teach private classes in their garage in Southern California. But, it wasn’t until they observed their father and uncles – Royce, Rickson, and Royler – easily winning challenge matches that they began to comprehend fully the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Even more important, Ryron and Rener recognized the profound impact the family’s art had on all who studied it. The life changing transformations of Gracie University students motivated the brothers to teach the art. While constantly perfecting their physical techniques, they worked equally hard to master the powerfully effective instruction methods developed by their forbearers. In 2003, Grand Master Helio Gracie awarded Ryron and Rener black belts in recognition of their mastery of his unique techniques and teaching methodologies.

More...

Ryron Gracie

Gracie University Chief Instructor

Ryron and Rener Gracie are the eldest grandsons of Grand Master Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Their father is Rorion Gracie, one of the world’s foremost experts in self-defense. In 1993, Rorion created the Ultimate Fighting Championship to showcase the supremacy of the family’s self-defense system in a realistic “no holds barred” confrontation against all comers. Rorion’s younger brother, Royce, won 3 of the first 4 UFC tournaments proving that the leverage-based techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu provided the most reliable way to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent. Ryron and Rener were born into this family tradition of testing the art against all challengers.

Rorion introduced his sons to the art as soon as they could walk. As children, they watched him teach private classes in their garage in Southern California. But, it wasn’t until they observed their father and uncles – Royce, Rickson, and Royler – easily winning challenge matches that they began to comprehend fully the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Even more important, Ryron and Rener recognized the profound impact the family’s art had on all who studied it. The life changing transformations of Gracie University students motivated the brothers to teach the art. While constantly perfecting their physical techniques, they worked equally hard to master the powerfully effective instruction methods developed by their forbearers. In 2003, Grand Master Helio Gracie awarded Ryron and Rener black belts in recognition of their mastery of his unique techniques and teaching methodologies.

More...

Other Lessons in This Course

Free (Registration Required)

BBS2 Intro Class

In this intro class to Blue Belt Stripe 2, Ryron and Rener discuss Training Equipment, Recycling, Principle Ownership, and the Helio Gracie Mindset. Everything you need to know to start into BBS2. Once you watch the intro, it's time to get ready for Lesson 1 - Shadow Hooks!

Free (Registration Required)

Lesson 1: Shadow Hooks (Ch1.1: Mount Controls)

We specifically designed Super Hooks to maintain mount control on an opponent who is trying to push or roll you off of them. However, if you are mounted on a highly skilled opponent who can untangle your hooks, then you will need the Shadow Hooks. In this lesson you will learn the Standard Shadow Hooks to neutraliz...

Lesson 2: Explosive Roll Counters (Ch1.1: Mount Controls)

If mounted on an untrained opponent in a street fight, there is a 90% chance that he will turn his back and roll to his knees. If the opponent is much larger than you, it’s likely that their roll attempt will be so quick and explosive that the standard back mount transition you learned in Gracie Combatives won’t wor...

Lesson 3: Modified Mount Escapes (Ch1.2: Mount Escapes)

The Elbow Escape is one of the simplest and most reliable escapes from the mount position, but it is easily nullified by a quick transition to the modified mount position. In this lesson we will teach you the two most effective modified mount escapes. Not only will these techniques ensure that you have a plan when y...

Lesson 4: Hip Thrust Escape (Ch1.2: Mount Escapes)

The Elbow Escape and the Trap and Roll Escape will enable you to escape from underneath most people when used in combination and with proper timing. Against more skilled opponents, these fundamental mount escapes may not work. In this lesson, we will teach you a quick, powerful technique called the Hip Thrust Mount ...

Lesson 5: Neck-hug Counters (Ch1.3: Mount Submission Counters)

The Neck-hug Sequence is one of the most reliable submission sequences from the mount. Learning how to defend against this devastating submission sequence will not only enhance your survival skills, but also greatly improve your offensive skills by exposing the weaknesses of the attacks. First, we will teach you th...

Lesson 6: Cross Choke Counters (Ch1.3: Mount Submission Counters)

What made Grand Master Helio Gracie so special wasn’t his ability to dominate his opponents, but rather it was his ability to defend from any position. In this lesson, we will teach you the Cross Choke Counters from the bottom of the mount that have proven effective for over three generations. Although you must rem...

Lesson 7: High Mount Armlock (Ch1.4: Mount Submissions)

The High Mount Armlock is Ryron’s favorite submission from the mount. When used in combination with the Cross Choke Sequence, it’s virtually impossible to stop it. In this lesson, we will teach you the most reliable variations of the High Mount Armlock as well as several critical control and finishing concepts to cl...

Lesson 8: Arm Triangle (Ch1.4: Mount Submissions)

The Arm Triangle is one of the most common submissions in MMA because it is so easy to catch and doesn’t rely on the gi. In this lesson, we will teach you the three most reliable Arm Triangle setups as well as a series of different finishing options based on the length of your arms and/or the thickness of your oppon...

Lesson 9: Shrimp Escape Prevention (Ch2.1: Side Mount Controls)

As your opponent’s skill increases, so will the challenge of maintaining control and positional advantage. A skilled opponent’s most common escape from side mount is the Shrimp Escape. You know how to use positioning and the “Control Flow” to maintain the side mount, but sometimes an explosive and well-timed escape ...

Lesson 10: Mount Transitions (Ch2.1: Side Mount Controls)

Part of controlling the side mount is knowing precisely when and how to transition to the full mount. Timing and strategy are the keys to successful transition. If you rush to mount, you will almost certainly lose it all. Even if your timing is perfect, using the wrong strategy will make the transition more diffic...

Lesson 11: Headlock Escapes 3 & 4 (Ch2.2: Side Mount Escapes)

In Gracie Combatives, you learned that headlocks are the untrained opponent’s most common form of street aggression. We taught you Headlock Escapes 1 and 2 which, when used in combination, will enable you to escape nearly all headlocks. However, you may find that an attacker with grappling experience can counter th...

Lesson 12: Turtle Get-up (Ch2.2: Side Mount Escapes)

From the bottom of side mount, you’ve learned several safe, reliable escapes. If you can’t find an opening, the best option is to wait patiently until your opponent gives you one. But, if the building is on fire and you absolutely must escape, then use the Turtle Get-up. Even though it’s less energy efficient and ...

Lesson 13: Split Series (Ch2.3: Side Mount Submissions)

In side mount, your foremost objective is to control your opponent. Once in control, you can advance your position or achieve the submission. If you seek to close the deal from the side mount, you’re in for a treat, because we will teach you Rener’s all-time favorite side mount submission sequence. We will start b...

Lesson 14: Lapel Chokes (Ch2.3: Side Mount Submissions)

Training in the gi offers more attack options, but also requires greater awareness on defense. From the side mount, there are dozens of creative chokes that utilize the lapel of the gi and in this lesson we’ll teach you the top three. We’ll start with the simple variations of each choke, then we’ll teach you what to...

Lesson 15: Knee on Stomach (Ch2.3: Side Mount Submissions)

Although it feels relatively unstable when you first learn it, the knee on stomach position is a highly effective control method for use against skilled opponents, especially when they are fighting wildly to prevent you from achieving side mount or full mount. In this lesson we discuss a variety of chokes you can us...

Lesson 16: Armlock Counters (Ch2.4: SM Submission Counters)

The best submission counter strategy is to assume a safe defensive position that blunts the opponent’s attacks. If, however, your opponent is able to isolate or underhook your arm you may need to resort to additional layers of defense to avoid the submission. In this lesson, we will teach you the most reliable defen...

Lesson 17: Lapel Choke Counters (Ch2.4: SM Submission Counters)

Understanding the lapel chokes from the side mount is the first step in surviving them. In this lesson, we’ll discuss in great detail the critical escape windows in each choke you’ve learned. As with any submission counter, the key is safe hand positioning. But, if you're caught, then you can rely on these sneaky ...

Lesson 18: Hazel Counters (Ch3.1: Guard Controls)

A wrestler’s solid base and strength can present a serious challenge. In this lesson, we will show you how to counter the wrestler’s five most common attack behaviors and take control of the fight.

Lesson 19: Open Guard Connections (Ch3.1: Guard Controls)

If you’re stalled in the closed guard, you can shift to open guard to prevent the pass and create more opportunities. In this lesson, we will discuss the critical principles of connections, counter pressure, and distance management in open guard control and pass prevention. These techniques will enable you to more ...

Lesson 20: Standing Knee Split (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

Kneeling guard passes are better for sweep prevention but leave you more exposed to submissions. Standing guard passes are better for submission prevention, but leave you more exposed to sweeps. In this lesson, we will teach you one of the most reliable standing guard passes in the gi. First, you’ll learn the stand...

Lesson 21: Same Side Control (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

To master the guard, you must master the guard pass…and vice versa. A savvy jiu-jitsu practitioner can neutralize any single guard pass; but the combination of multiple guard passes are virtually unstoppable. In this lesson, we will introduce you to one of the most reliable open guard passing systems in the book, t...

Lesson 22: Butterfly Guard (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

In the BBS1 course, you learned several sweeps from the Butterfly Guard, and now it’s time to learn the counters. First, you’ll learn how to establish base and maintain control over your opponent from the top of the Butterfly Guard, and then we will teach you several gi and no-gi strategies to pass on the strong or ...

Lesson 23: Spider Guard (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

The spider guard is one of the most difficult guards to pass because it allows your opponent to control both of your arms. In this lesson, we will discuss five highly reliable spider guard passes that you can combine to defeat all of the most common spider guard controls. First, you will learn the passes individuall...

Lesson 24: Triangle Choke (Ch3.3: Guard Submissions Counters)

As your partners get better at applying Triangles Chokes, escape using the basic counters will become more difficult. In this lesson, we will teach you three highly reliable Triangle counters that you can combine to exploit any opening left by your opponent. First, we’ll show you a sneaky variation that uses incred...

Lesson 25: Lapel Chokes (Ch3.3: Guard Submission Counters)

Anytime you’re training in a gi, you must be wary of lapel chokes. In this lesson, you will learn how to counter the BBS1 course guard lapel chokes. First, we’ll teach you how to defend your neck, and then we’ll show you several escapes from a full choke. Pay close attention, because these three slices may one day s...

Lesson 26: Omoplata (Ch3.4: Guard Submissions)

The Omoplata is a classic jiu-jitsu submission that has been used for three generations against opponents of all sizes. Although the omoplata’s original application is as a shoulder lock, it is most commonly used as a sweep. In this lesson, we will teach you the basic application of this cool submission, and then ...

Lesson 27: Triangle Mastery (Ch3.4: Guard Submissions)

You can learn the triangle choke in five minutes, but it takes five years to master it. The difference between a triangle master and a novice is in the philosophy of the choke. The triangle master focuses on preventing their opponent’s escape rather than rushing to finish the choke. In this lesson, you will learn ...

Lesson 28: Sit-up Sweep (Ch3.5: Guard Sweeps)

The Sit-up Sweep is one of the most effective closed guard sweeps in jiu-jitsu. It’s easy to learn and 100% street applicable. In this lesson, we will teach you how to shoot the sweep directly, and then how to use it in combination with the Kimura and guillotine to create a triple threat attack that can catch even t...

Lesson 29: Overhead Sweep (Ch3.5: Guard Sweeps)

The Overhead Sweep is one of the coolest sweeps in jiu-jitsu. You lift your opponent over your head using both feet and then roll backwards into the mount position. In this lesson, we will teach you how to balance someone on your feet and then throw them over the top while maintaining the critical connection to the...

Lesson 30: X-Guard (Ch3.6: Sport Guards)

The X-guard is a very popular sport guard that can be used to destabilize and sweep much larger opponents. There are many ways to enter the X-guard and, once achieved, it gives you full control of your opponent’s weight distribution. In this lesson, we will introduce you the basic x-guard entry and control methods...

Lesson 31: Basic Sweep Chain (Ch4.1: Half Guard Bottom)

In Gracie Combatives, you learned how to neutralize punches from the half guard using basic head control and punch-safe arm positioning. In the Blue Belt Stripe 1 Course, you learned how to use the half guard to take the back and recompose the guard against a more experienced opponent. Now, you will learn to manipul...

Lesson 32: Butterfly Half Guard (Ch4.1: Half Guard Bottom)

You’ve learned to use the butterfly hook to recompose guard and to execute some basic elevator sweeps. Now, it’s time to take it to the next level. The butterfly half guard is a dynamic variation of the offensive half guard that will enable you to exploit the slightest instability in your opponent’s base. First, we ...

Lesson 33: Tripod Pass Extras (Ch4.2: Half Guard Top)

The tripod pass is one of the simplest and most reliable ways to pass the half guard. In this lesson, we will introduce two new variations of this powerful pass that you can use to neutralize the offensive half guard of the most skilled opponents. We will begin with what we call the “temple pass” and then we will sh...

Lesson 34: Reverse Half Guard Pass (Ch4.2: Half Guard Top)

If your opponent establishes the underhook from the bottom of the half guard, you can use the basic sitting half guard procedures to neutralize their sweeps and achieve the pass. If, however, they are able to achieve a deep underhook and sideways body posture, you won’t be able to execute the sitting half guard pass...

Lesson 35: Turtle Control (Ch5.1: Back Mount Controls)

Neutralizing takedowns and preventing side mount escapes will commonly place you in the top of the turtle position. In this lesson, we will teach you how to make the most of the top turtle opportunities. First, we will teach you the essential angles and hip pressure, and then we will discuss a variety of turtle tips...

Lesson 36: Modified Back Mount (Ch5.1: Back Mount Controls)

Getting the back is one thing, keeping it is another. The most common back mount escape strategy you will encounter occurs when your opponent attempts to kill your bottom hook and get their hips to the ground. The modified back mount is specifically designed to nullify your opponent’s bottom hook removal attempt. In...

Lesson 37: Reverse Triangle (Ch5.2: Back Mount Submissions)

The triple threat position in the BBS1 course taught you how to attack the arm and the neck simultaneously in a powerful weak side attack combination. In this lesson, you will learn the third of the “triple threats”— the reverse triangle choke. First, we will teach you two “ultra isolation” methods using your legs t...

Lesson 38: Clock Choke (Ch5.2: Back Mount Submissions)

The clock choke is a powerful gi choke from the turtle position. This choke is most effective when used in combination with the turtle control strategies you learned in Lesson 35 as the fear of tips or hooks will cause your opponent to forget about defending their neck. First, you will learn the standard clock choke...

Lesson 39: Lapel Chokes (Ch5.3: Back Mount Submission Counters)

Having someone on your back is one of the worst places you can be in a fight. Now that you are very familiar with several back mount submissions, it’s time to improve your submission counters. In this lesson, we will discuss how to defend against chokes once your opponent has established grips on your lapels. First,...

Lesson 40: Turtle Escapes (Ch5.3: Back Mount Submission Counters)

We’ve already discussed the dangers of relying on the turtle position in a street fight. Still, you could find yourself in the turtle after a failed takedown or side mount escape at which point you need to know how to move quickly and safely to a better position. In this lesson, we’ll teach you some of the most r...

Lesson 41: Butterfly Guard Setup (Ch6.1: Straight Foot Locks)

You learned the basic straight foot lock in BBS1 for use when you are having trouble passing the guard. Now, you will learn how to use foot locks from the bottom of the fight. The butterfly guard positions you to use your hooks to elevate your opponent just enough to take their leg. If you can't find enough leverage...

Lesson 42: Standing Counter (Ch6.1: Straight Foot Locks)

The Peel Jump foot lock counter learned in BBS1 is amazing. When you can’t get your opponent’s foot off your hip, the Standing Counter comes into play. In this lesson, you’ll learn the Standard Base Get-up, which works 80% of the time, and then you’ll learn a very slick Direct Get-up variation to use when your foot...

Lesson 43: Diving Toe Hold (Ch6.2: Toe Hold Foot Locks)

Also known as the “Dragon Roll,” the Diving Toe Hold Foot Lock is one of the most spectacular and most devastating foot locks in jiu-jitsu. From within your opponent’s open guard, you can dive for the foot and have them tapping in the blink of an eye! You will start on your knees to learn the mechanics of the roll, ...

Lesson 44: Diving Toe Hold Counters (Ch6.2: Toe Hold Foot Locks)

The Diving Toe Hold Foot Lock is fast, effective, and scary. In this lesson, we will teach you a series of defensive measures to protect your foot if your opponent dives. First, you will learn the Early Counter, and then the Emergency Escape if your foot is fully locked!

Lesson 45: Reverse Cross Chest (RCC) Knee Lock (Ch6.3: Knee Locks)

You can apply a knee lock from almost any position in the fight. In this lesson, we will teach you how to shoot for the leg from the reverse cross chest side mount position. Once you learn the standard variation, we will discuss an amazing chain of three additional submissions you will need when fighting someone who...

Lesson 46: RCC Knee Lock Counter (Ch6.3: Knee Locks)

Knowing the submission is vital to learning how to counter it. In this lesson, we’ll teach you three counters to the Reverse Cross Chest (RCC) Knee Lock. We’ll begin with the Quick Slip for use when you detect their knee lock before the actual shot. If they get the lock, we’ll use the Triangle Getup similar to previ...

Lesson 47: Inverted Heel Hook (Ch6.4: Heel Hooks)

While the standard heel hook Is effective and dangerous, the inverted heel hook is even more threatening. The angle of the endangered knee makes the inverted heel hook much easier to catch. In this lesson you will learn how to easily transition from any straight foot lock to an inverted heel hook. Then, we’ll teac...

Lesson 48: Inverted Heel Hook Counters (Ch6.4: Heel Hooks)

The inverted heel hook is the most dangerous of all heel hooks. If you don’t understand how it works, you risk suffering a serious knee injury when you get caught. Even if you do understand how it works, you need specialized knowledge to escape the hook. In this lesson we will discuss the top three inverted heel hoo...

Lesson 49: Single-hand Collar Grabs (Ch7.1: Front Attack Defenses)

One of the most common methods of physical intimidation is to grab someone by the collar and threaten them. In this lesson, we will teach the defenses to the four most common single-hand collar grabs.

Lesson 50: Front Chokes (Ch7.1: Front Attack Defenses)

An aggressor with a great size or strength advantage commonly uses the two-handed front choke. The escape is counterintuitive, but obvious and effective once you learn it. First, we’ll teach the standard variation and the core concepts of neck protection, and then we’ll show a few advanced variations that apply if t...

Lesson 51: Bear Hugs (Ch7.1: Front Attack Defenses)

If someone confronts you, keep sufficient distance to avoid punches or other unpredictable attacks. If they can establish a bear hug from the front, you must quickly neutralize their control and disengage. In this lesson, we will discuss the two most common front bear hug attacks and their counters. First, we’ll tea...

Lesson 52: Bear Hug Over Arms (Ch7.2: Rear Attack Defenses)

Surprise attacks are the most challenging street fight scenarios and none are more surprising than attacks from the rear. In this lesson, we will teach you how to defend against a bear hug from the rear. First, we’ll show you the standard variation, and then we’ll teach you what to do if your opponent is so heavy t...

Lesson 53: Bear Hug Under Arms (Ch7.2: Rear Attack Defenses)

An attacker commonly uses a bear hug to pin your arms and prevent you from defending yourself against another attacker. When the attacker hugs under your arms, it’s more likely that their intention is to move you to another location. As with all rear attacks, the most important thing is the speed with which you dr...

Lesson 54: Long Range Club Attacks (Ch7.3: Weapon Defenses)

In the Blue Belt Stripe 1 course, you learned to defend against a club attack from close range. If the attacker strikes from a greater distance, you need a different technique to deal with the greater momentum generated by the swing. First, we will teach you how to defend against a long range strike aimed your hea...

Lesson 55: Underhand Knife Attacks (Ch7.3: Weapon Defenses)

Edged weapon attacks are so quick that some victims fail to realize they have been cut or punctured even after receiving multiple wounds. In this lesson, we explain “pattern recognition” and how your ability to recognize the attack pattern will improve your chance of survival. We will also teach you two techniques ...

Lesson 56: Tucked Gun Attacks (Ch7.3: Weapon Defenses)

The most dangerous gun defense techniques are those that are attempted when the gun is beyond reach. In this lesson, we will address a scenario in which the bad guy has a gun tucked near his body and is maintaining distance with his free hand. We will teach you two methods for gaining control of the firearm in this ...

Lesson 57: Single Leg Takedowns (Ch7.4: Clinch/Takedowns)

The single leg takedown is one of the simplest and most effective takedowns against a larger opponent. The theory behind the single leg is that you are fighting half of your opponent’s weight, balance, and strength instead of fighting the whole opponent. In this lesson, we will discuss the fundamental principles of ...

Lesson 58: Single Leg Counters (Ch7.4: Clinch/Takedowns)

As with the double leg takedown counter, the most important defensive measure against a single leg is the strong sprawl. If your opponent grabs one of your legs, you can still prevent them from finishing the takedown. In this lesson, we will sharpen your sprawl, and then discuss some very reliable techniques for use...

Lesson 59: Over-Under Takedowns (Ch7.4: Clinch/Takedowns)

There is a 90% chance that the fight will end up on the ground, but there is a 100% chance that it will start standing. When you seek to clinch on an opponent who has some grappling knowledge, it may be difficult to establish double underhooks. So, you must develop your takedown arsenal from the over-under clinch p...

Lesson 60: Advanced Clinch Entries (Ch7.4: Clinch/Takedowns)

Every time your opponent attempts to punch you in the face, they enter your clinching range. The optimal clinch entry varies according to the type of punch. In this lesson, we will examine the three most common punches – the jab, cross, and hook, and then we’ll show you the precise clinch entry for each of them. As ...