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Bear hug

Wrestler applying the Bear hug hold
Classification Clinch hold
Parent style Wrestling
AKA Bodylock

A Bear hug (also known as a bodylock) is a grappling clinch hold and stand-up grappling position where the arms are wrapped around the opponent, either around the opponent's chest, midsection, or thighs; sometimes with one or both of the opponents arms pinned to the opponent's body. The hands are locked around the opponent and the opponent is held tightly to the chest. The bear hug is a dominant position, with great control over the opponent, and is often a precursor to a takedown.

A variation of the bear hug is the inverted bear hug, where one wrestler has his hands locked behind his opponent's mid or lower back and presses his forehead into their sternum, while pulling his locked hands inwards towards himself; forcing his opponent to bend backwards and fall. It is a painful move as much pressure is being exerted onto the opponents sternum, often hurting the back bones and muscles as well as forcing air out of the lungs.

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