I believe Jiujitsu is very dependent upon grips and the grip fighting game. Collars, sleeves, pants, belts, underhooks are all part of a constant struggle for grip superiority.
At Davis Martial Arts in Humble Tx, Jiujitsu is the backbone of our schools programs. Grips and grip fighting play a major role in our day to day training. Retaining guard, sweeps, throws, chokes, all dependent upon the grip. Mini battles of grip domination can determine the outcome within the "WAR" of a 5 minute role.
Drills are essential to develop a strong grip game. Standing grip fighting. Grip fighting from closed guard. Gi twisting and pulling. Our kids play tug of war with the gi top. The main rule, DONT LET GO. They have made vast improvements by establishing what we call the "WINNERS GRIP." These are all examples of things a Jiujitsu practitioner should be doing at least once a week. to help improve their grips.
Chokes. Well, if your looking to collar choke someone, then your grip game needs to be on point. Ezekiels, loop chokes, cross collar, bat chokes. The list is endless. The hunt for the perfect grip to secure that all ending choke submission is what its all about. Guys can resist the pain of an arm or ankle lock, to a point. But, trying to resist the Darth Vadar death grip of your schools Jedi (Rod Morrow), forget it. Tap City or your sleeping.
Try passing the guard when your team mate has the "Kung Fu Death Grip" on your lapel and sleeve. Not gonna happen. Grip fighting is not just about grip retention, its also about grip breaking as well.
Humble Jiujistu is dedicated to training our people to the best of their abilities. Drills, techniques, free rolling all play a part in your development in Jiujitsu. WORK YOU GRIPS! Train hard. Work hard. Strive to be your best. WORK YOUR GRIPS!
Davis Martial Arts Academy
Practice Makes Permanent
Owner and head instructor of Davis Martial Arts Academy in Humble Texas