Caitlin “Meathook” Kelley training with Kai “The Hammer” Staton

Kai "The Hammer" Staton and Caitlin "Meathook"

Caitlin “Meathook” Kelley is an 11 yr old Mixed Martial Artist.  She didn’t speak until she was 5 and has dyslexia but doesn’t let that stop her! She competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, MMA, and is a RMA ambassador against bullying. Caitlin has been training with Mike Sgroi in Muay Thai Kickboxing at Grappling Mastery and has found a unique training partner in Kai “The Hammer” Staton who has an impressive Boxing and Kickboxing record himself. Below are some videos of the training.

2013 IKF World Classic Jr. Novice Girls Welterweight International Rules Champion Tiger Schulmann First Degree Black Belt 2012 November Fightergirl of the month 2012 Nationally Ranked 1st State of Florida 2012 Nationally Ranked 4th South 2012 Nationally Ranked 47th Nation 2011 Nationally Ranked 1st State of Florida 2011 Nationally Ranked 2nd South 2011 Nationally Ranked 13th Nation 2011 1st place COPA Sport MMA 2011 2nd place COPA Sport MMA

Caitlin: “I have been a fighter since the day I was born. Like Ronda Rousey, one of the female fighters I want to be like one day, I was born with the cord around my neck. I did not speak until I was 5 or 6. I have dyslexia but will not allow any of it to keep me from reaching my goals!! I love to train and compete. My mom says if I’m not training I’m not happy. I work to be a great role model for other kids and other girls. I end each fight with a smile and a hug. I believe that anyone who gets out there should be proud.”

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Self Defense: Bear Hug Defenses

Here are some easy to learn defenses against a bear hug. Bear Hugs are usually employed by bigger, stronger adversaries who are trying to control you or drag you away. These are very basic techniques to defend the bear hug and can be done by anyone. As one becomes more skilled there are more advanced and potentially better options available.  These defenses can be used in combination with other techniques as well, such as eye gouging, foot stomping, kneeing, and more.  “Bear” in mind, that when it comes to self defense, it is usually under a high stress situation and your body/mind will only respond to the simplest techniques that have been drilled over and over into muscle memory.  This is called a learned or corrected response and can become instinctual response.

In the following examples the attacker trapped both of the instructors arms.  When the arms are not trapped we have even more options available such as a knee bar attack, breaking the attackers leg!

Defense vs. Rear Attack

Defense vs. Frontal Attack

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