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Gi Grips

First things to think of

  • What is your stance? If you are right handed it’s usually right foot forward. If you are left handed it’s usually left foot forward.
  • What stance are they in? Same Side or Opposite Stance
    • Right Vs Right – Same Stance
  • Left Vs Right – Opposite Stance
  • What is their posture like? 
    • Typical Judo Posture
  • Bent down
  • What is his motion? What way are they moving?
    • Are they going away from the throw you want or away? 
    • Are they crossing their feet?
  • Are you a taller player? Consider a power grip. Consider using Uchi Mata, Harai Goshi or Osoto Gari

Concepts

  • Striking instead of gripping – when going for a grip try to “punch” the hand then get the grip rather than going for the initial grip. 
  • Typically when going against a same side player you will grab with your non power side first. So if your right foot and right hand are forward. You would grab with you left hand first. This is not as much the case when going against an opposite stance opponent. 
  • You want to typically start with gripping their power side sleeve. 
  • If you have grips and your opponent attempts to pull guard push down their power side.
  • Once you have a Lapel grip use your same elbow to deflect them from getting a grip
  • Try to keep the inside position, forcing your opponent to get an over the top grip
  • Once you have the Lapel grip try to bring your hand up above the Lapel bone and elbow in so they can’t get a strong over the top grip
  • If your opponent has a Lapel grip use your chin to stop them from raising it above your collarbone

Gi Grips

  • Lapel and Sleeve Grip
  • Same Lapel Grip
  • Cross Lapel Grip
  • Double Lapel Grip
  • Double Sleeve Grip
  • Same Side Sleeve
  • Cross Side Sleeve
  • Power Grip or Over the top grip
  • High Lapel
  • Low Lapel
  • Russian Tie
  • Russian Belt Grip
  • Euripean Grip
  • Belt Grip
  • Pistol Grip

Gi Grip Defense Options

Deflect

Sleeve Grip Breaks

  • Tear Away Grip Break – When your opponent has a grip on your sleeve – bring your thumb to your shoulder and pull your hand away
  • Slap Away – When your opponent has a sleeve grip – Slap it to the outside like a parry from boxing but the other way
  • Wrist Shrug Break – Opponent has a sleeve grip. Your hand goes on top of their wrist with a thumb on one side and for fingers on the other. Walk backward and push down

Lapel Grip Breaks

  • Lapel Snap Grip Break – Opponent has a lapel grip and an opposite stance – Treat it like a russian 2 on 1.  Punch your power hand into them under their lapel grip. Then use your far hand to pull their Power hand across your body. Push your shoulder in. 
  • Overhand Lapel Grip Break

Offensive Same Side Entry Scenarios

Goal

  • Get a grip on your opponent’s power hand with your sleeve hand 

No Grips by either

  • Prevent them from having a grip on your gi. 
  • Kill the Power hand – Stop the POWER HAND  by capturing it with your SLEEVE HAND and controlling the sleeve.
    • If you can’t get the power sleeve keep pressure on the shoulder of the power side until you can
  • Push down the opponents power hand to the thigh. 

You secure the Power hand but your then opponent grips your power sleeve.

  • Circle Sleeve Break away your Power Hand
  • Take a Lapel Grip

You can not secure the Power hand Sleeve.

  • Post on their power shoulder – Punch with your weak side to their power side pushing them back so they can’t throw
  • Keep that arm High on the shoulder and straight
  • Keep your power hand arm up and bent protecting your neck
  • When your opponent attempts to grip with their Power hand you secure it with your power hand and feed it to your Far Hand. 
  •  Take a Lapel Grip or a Power Grip

You use a Cross Lapel Sequence (Notice getting the power hand is the 2nd objective)Stepping in for the Cross Lapel Grip (make sure to push them back with the punch and step off to their power side or they have a throw option. )

Defensive Same Side Entry Scenarios

Opponent tries to grab your Lapel with their power hand

  • Deflect and control the wrist (not the gi)
  • Then get your grip on their sleeve (Notice the Grip)
  • Keep the arm low in case they jump guard

If opponent grabs the Lapel

  • Pop it off with 2 hands and then secure the sleeve
  • Establish a Lapel grip

Opponent grabs your Lapel with their power hand and you can’t pop it off

  • Take a normal grip
  • Then try to Pop it off with 2 hands and then secure the sleeve and the other then secures a power grip
  • Push down the opponents power hand to the thigh. 

Opponent grabs your Power Hand sleeve with their Far Hand

  • Post with your Far Hand on their power side to prevent the throw. While keeping your Power side Elbow up. 
  • Secure their Power hand sleeve with your power hand then feed it to your Far Hand
    • If they break their Power hand out of this grip then you have 2 options
      • Restart this whole sequence
        • Post the power shoulder immediately with your Far Hand
        • Search for their power hand again with your Far Hand
      • Get to a neutral scenario
        • Slap their grip on your power hand away with a pop off with your Far Hand
  • Circle Break Break your Power Hand Side

Offensive Opposite Side Entry Scenarios

Goal

  • Always reach first
  • Always fight for an inside grip – Meaning your arm closer to the chest than theirs. 
  • Punch the inside grip up above the collar bone. Do not accept an outside grip
  • Get a grip on your opponent’s Far Hand sleeve with your Far Hand 

No Grips to Start

You initiate a same side collar grip

  • Punch your power hand to the opponents power hand shoulder then grip
  • Make sure to push up high past the shoulder
  • Secure the opponents Far Hand sleeve with your Far Hand.
  • Keep your power hand elbow active not letting them get inside control

You initiate a power grip

  • Punch your Far Hand to the opponents Far Hand shoulder then grip
  • Get your power hand inside theirs and secure the opponents power hand side with your Far Hand in a power grip.
  • Keep your power elbow down
  • Keep your head on the outside of your opponents

 You initiate the power hand sleeve grip

You initiate the Lapel grip against an opposite side opponent

  • Your power hand punches their power hand side then gets a grip
  • Grip the Sleeve

You initiate the Cross Lapel grip against an opposite side opponent

  • Your power hand punches their far hand side lapel then gets a grip
  • Pull your opponent toward you and down as you circle to the far side
  • Grip their far sleeve with your far hand
  • Then Pull out the cross lapel grip to and re-establish the power side grip

You cannot initiate a lapel grip high on the collar

  • Use your Far hand to grab a low lapel grip on the power hand side
  • Feed the lapel high to your power hand
  • Secure the opponents Far Hand sleeve with your Far Hand.
  • Keep your power hand elbow active not letting them get inside control

If your opponent tries to get inside position by going underneath

  • You power hand punches their power hand side then gets a grip
  • Keep your power hand elbow in tight and close the door on allowing them inside positioning.
  • Make sure to push up high past the shoulder with power hand side when they bring the arm back to the outside
  • Secure the opponents Far Hand sleeve with your Far Hand.

If your opponent tries to get inside position by going overtop and bringing their elbow down over yours

  • You power hand punches their power hand side then gets a grip
  • Drop your power hand elbow even lower 
  • Pop their power hand off your collar with a popping and pushing away motion
  • Make sure to push up high past the shoulder with power hand side when they bring the arm back to the outside
  • Secure the opponents Far Hand sleeve with your Far Hand.

If your opponent refuses to grab your gi with 2 hands

  • You power hand punches their power hand side then gets a grip
  • Get a double lapel grip then wait for him to grip
  • Then secure the sleeve

Defensive Opposite Side Entry Scenarios

Your Opponent initiates with the Power hand lapel grip with their power hand ( Option 1)

  • Block and parry the hand away and to the outside
  • Punch your power hand to the opponents power hand shoulder then grip
  • Make sure to push up high past the shoulder
  • Secure the opponents Far Hand sleeve with your Far Hand.

Your Opponent initiates with the Power hand lapel grip with their power hand – Cross Sleeve Grip( Option 2)

If opponent grabs the Lapel

Establish Inside Control Grab the sleeve

If your opponent tries a power grip

  • Set you power hand high on the shoulder to block them from coming in 
  • Set the lapel grip on the power hand side
  • Secure the sleeve with the far hand