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Arlington Budoshin JuJitsu Dojo: Self Defense for the Rest of Us

Hiji Waza

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Tori: Kate J. Bentley
Uke: Kimberly E. Burnett

Tori's comments: I prefer this defense to a double lapel grab over the others I’ve learned so far. Initially, I strike the uki/attacker in the stomach loosening their grip and changing their focus from me to themselves. From there, I do the elbow-turn and take them down. This technique happens quickly and if executed properly gets your attacker on the ground, face down in a very vulnerable position.

While a Hiji Waza (page 98) can be effective when the attacker’s arms are straight, it is ideal when the attacker bending their arms to pull the defender into them. When the attacker’s arm is bent, the defender can use the bent elbow as a lever to amplify their power in rotating the attacker’s humerus (upper arm) medially (in towards their chest; in effect, turning the arm such that the hand goes from palm up to palm down). The primary resistance to this rotation are two relatively small rotator cuff muscles: infraspinatus and teres minor. Properly applied, even the smallest defender can overcome these two muscles when using the attacker’s bent elbow as a lever. The attacker bends over not from being forced down by the defender but by their own body’s instinctive protection of their shoulder from over rotation.

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