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Defense To A Bag Over The Head Attack From The Rear

By Prof. Gene Roos

An attacker walks behind you, puts a plastic bag over your head, and starts to drag you backwards.

While uncommon, this type of attack is now seen in a growing number of robberies and personal attacks. The attack is particularly devastating since it stops your breath – the plastic being sucked into your nostrils. You also can’t see. In some ways it mimics a double hair pull from the back, but this one has added dimensions.

The only way to unlock the neck (as you are being pulled back) is to squat, which allows you to turn around and strike or do another technique.

In the defense sequence depicted below, the attacker, Stanley Millan, gives an award winning “Best Actor” portrayal of the attack.

Attacker puts a bag over defender's head and starts to pull backwards. Defender does not inhale, squats, and right foot arc steps 180 degrees to the rear.

Defender's left hand grabs (to locate) attacker's groin and then hits it.

Defender's right hand pushes the attacker's right inside thigh 45 degrees to the left, which throws the attacker to the rear.

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About The Author:

Prof. Gene Roos, 10th dan Ju Jitsu, and 4th dan in judo, is a member of the Board of Directors for the America Ju Jitsu Association. In 1958 was awarded Shodan (Judo) and won the Regional Judo Champion. In 1958 & 1959 was Judo State Champion. His instructors include: Harold Brosious (Ketsugo), Dennis Palumbo (Hakko Ryu Ju Jitsu, 8th Dan), George Kirby, & Shizuya Sato (Ju Jitsu), Wally Jay (Small Circle Ju Jitsu), Dr. Sacharnoski (Hard Style Ju Jitsu & Ki) and Master Mochizuki (a student of Funakoshi, Kano, & Ueshiba). He is also the author of a series of upcoming books on Aiki jujitsu as well as a number of videos including: "Aiki Jujitsu" (a three video tapes series with manuals); "Deadly Attacks" (defense against 30 knife, gun, stick and empty hand attacks); "Deadly Attacks- part II"(defense against an additional 30 knife, gun and empty hand attacks); "Deadly Attacks III" and "Devastating Throws and Other Deadly Attacks " (defense against 30 advanced combat throws, knife attacks, stick, and a rear shotgun attack), For more information see: Roos is a frequent contributor to

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