Double Lapel Grip
If you find yourself in a situation where someone
has grabbed the front of your shirt or jacket with both hands,
it is important that you act quickly to disengage them before
they can use their present advantage to really hurt you.
If you swing at the attacker's head they will
either release you to block your attack or it will land there,
both desirable outcomes. A cupped hand to your enemy's ear can
be very painful and could end the confrontation immediately.
If you are still being held, you must break the
hold. A good way to do that is to take your arm opposite the
one you struck with and position it so that your forearm is
above the wrist of your attacker's corresponding arm and below
the other. Then, as the step back with the leg on that same
side, hit the hand that you have worked between your opponent's
arms with your other hand hard enough to pry his hands from
Now you are free and have also stepped into an
assertive stance, readying you for any possible further attack.
Or you can attack from this position with a palm-heel strike
or a ridge-hand strike, etc.
Sometimes this attack will lead to the attacker
releasing with one hand and hitting you in the face with the
other. It is important for you to look for this as you are attempting
to free yourself from this hold.
If that happens you will need to switch to the
defense against a single lapel (collar) grab with a punch as
demonstrated in Street Self
Defense 101 Volume I.