Wrist Releases in Self
A wrist grab is a simple kind of attack but, if
it is allowed to be executed, could directly lead to more serious
The first thing to do if your wrist is gripped
by an attacker is to make a fist in order to protect your fingers,
which at this point are extremely vulnerable. If it is a same
side wrist grab, which means that both bodies are on the same
side of the grab (his right to your left or reversed), then
the next step is to turn your wrist so the attacker's thumb
is at the inside edge of the wrist. The thumb tip is the most
vulnerable part of the grip.
By stepping back with your outside foot (opposite)
and, in one motion, and swinging your held wrist to your outside
shoulder (same side as the foot stepping back), enough pressure
should be applied to the opening of your opponent's grip at
the tip of his thumb to break free from the hold. It is important
to do this quickly with a snap or jerk.
The stance that you step back into when breaking
the hold is assertive and you may not need to take any further
action to dissuade your attacker. However, if he does not back
off, your fist, which was recently in his hand, is now at your
opposite shoulder and can be deployed for a back-fist strike
to the attacker's head (face). Further action can be taken if
necessary or an assertive stance to insure safety, depending
on the situation.
defense video gives a detailed account on how this is done
along with 29 other common attackes.