Welcome back to our series on runner safety, brought to you by ASICS RunSafer program. In this installment, we'll delve into a crucial self-defense technique: Escaping a Wrist Grip. As runners, it's essential to equip ourselves with skills that can keep us safe during our workouts. Let's dive into the details of this technique to ensure you're prepared for any situation while out on your run.

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In collaboration with ASICS RunSafer program and Women’s Running, we bring you expert tips to enhance your safety while running.

1. Grip Breaking: Escaping a Wrist Grip

Encountering a situation where someone attempts to control your movement by gripping your wrist can be alarming. However, with the right technique, you can effectively break free and create distance between yourself and the assailant.

Here's a breakdown of the technique:

Step 1: Drop Back and Resist

  • As soon as you feel someone attempting to control your wrist, drop back into your base stance.
  • Engage in a 'tug of war' motion, resisting the assailant's efforts to control you. This can buy you valuable time to execute the next steps.

Step 2: Move Your Hand Away

  • Swiftly move your hand away from the grip, utilizing your body's natural motion to break free.
  • Pull your hand back with force, aiming to release the grip entirely.

Step 3: Create Distance and Run

  • As soon as you break free from the grip, prioritize creating distance between yourself and the assailant.
  • Put on your running shoes and sprint to safety, ensuring you reach a secure location.

Expert Tip: This technique is not about engaging in physical confrontation but rather about creating an opportunity to escape safely. Remember, your primary goal is to remove yourself from harm's way.

Performed by Todd Williams – Jiu Jitsu Black Belt & 1992/1996 Olympian

Equip yourself with the skills to stay safe during your runs. Learn more about ASICS RunSafer program and empower yourself with the knowledge to protect yourself while pursuing your passion for running.

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Stay tuned for more safety tips to keep you running confidently and securely.

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Be Safe. Be Together.

ASICS has a self-defense program, RunSafer, to build confidence and skills for athletes to protect themselves in the unlikely event that they encounter a bully or assailant while running. Not only will RunSafer turn you into a pro fighter, but it will give runners self-defense tools to become safer, stronger and faster.

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