1. A bulky adult is approaching with arms wide open to grab a child in picture 1.
We already know that children are inferior to full grown adults in terms of strength, height, weight and more. Therefore, there is no good way when it comes to a child confronting an adult.
When an opponent is approaching with arms wide open in an attempt to grab you, you should crouch as low as possible to make it difficult for the adult to grab you. This is to turn the opponent’s advantage in height to your advantage by widening the gap between you. This will make it difficult for the stranger to grab you. Crouch and run quickly through the spaces between or around the opponent’s arms or legs.
2. The child crouching to avoid being caught should break through the adult’s clutches by quickly passing through the space between the opponent’s arm and leg as shown in picture 2. The important thing here is to make sure you do not close your eyes or stand still dumbfounded, giving the opponent time and opportunity to grab you.
3. Run quickly away from the situation but try your best not to trip over objects, as that also gives the opponent a chance at you.
Lastly, make sure to request help from the nearest police officer or passer-by.
By Seo Gyo-sun
Seo Gyo-sun, an internationally certified Taekwondo Grand Master, judge and coach, holds a B.A. in taekwondo from Kyung Hee University. — Ed.