Grip Fighting & Breaking Grips

Dealing with judo grips and be a pain. Here’s a great solution!

Why is grip fighting an important part of grappling?

Grip fighting helps determine everything from the tempo of a match to winning and losing. Make sure when focusing on grip fighting its a blend of offense and defense gripping. Most people think of grip fighting as “not letting their opponents grab their gi” which is just not the case. Grip fighting is the act of grabbing your opponent’s gi where you desire without letting them grab your gi in such a way that prevents you from attacking. So in order to grip fight, you have to have a good back and forth. 

Breaking grips can be a problem for everyone in the martial arts world who wear a gi. BJJ athletes also need to know how to grip fight! There are a few ways to get your opponents grip off your gi, one of which is by pure force. Being a lot stronger than your opponent makes breaking grips easy because you don’t have to worry too much about them countering you with a throw or controlling you.

Good grip fighters, however, are masters at controlling not only the gi but the person wearing it as well. When someone knows how to grip your sleeve, you feel like you can’t use your entire arm because they have set their grip. That’s why what we are going over is using our whole body to break the grip. Even if it’s a grip of an opponent that has it established.

A few key points to keep in mind:

Grip fighting means just that “grip fighting!” Don’t change your stance stand your ground and fight for the grip you want. 

You have to have a grip on with your opposite side hand it helps break the grips. As you go to pull your hand out make sure you are pushing with the hand on the collar to break the grip.

Create motion. Try to never break a grip while standing still it can be very difficult.

One thing to keep in mind when grip fighting or breaking grips is every grip has a different break. Kind of like needing the right tool for the job. This grip break works very well against players who take a traditional judo grip on the bottom of your sleeve. Grips like Catz Paws and Pistol Grips have different breaks which you can find in other videos. Click here to see my hidden grip: HIDDEN GRIP SECRET 

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