A top hold can occur in a self defense situation. For example, it is common for untrained people who are thrown to the ground (or stumble during a fight) to attempt to escape on their hands and knees. This allows the assailant to establish a top grab.
Here is live practice of an easy escape from the hold, as we practiced in the Carmel Valley dojo earlier this week. Live practice is an indispensable part of training reality-based self-defense skills. It allows us to “pressure test” our knowledge. As we know, unlike individual drills, live practice can and does look messy.
See you at training!