Inside the University 528 - Grip Breaking

Inside the University 528 - Grip Breaking

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During the stand up fight, Saulo's opponent has the traditional collar and sleeve grip, as does Saulo. To break, he slides his hand down from the triceps to the end of the sleeve. His other hand cups the inside of the wrist, and he leans back as he pushes the wrist to break the collar grip. Now to break the sleeve grip, he aggressively pulls his arm and pivots about 90 degrees.


Inside the University 507 - Grip Fighting

Inside the University 507 - Grip Fighting

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This week is all about training for the World Championship, so everyone is warming up with some grip fighting, and setting up their takedowns after breaking the grips.

Inside the University 504 - Explosive Grip Breaking

Inside the University 504 - Explosive Grip Breaking

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Now Saulo focuses on breaking his opponent's grip and setting up a takedown. In this drill, he is more concerned about moving fast and aggressive, and not so much worried about the details of the technique. He grabs his opponent's hand that is gripping his collar, does an explosive traditional grip break, and then pushes the arm to the side so he can set up a takedown or next move of his choice. This is a drill to replicate what will actually happen in a fight.

Inside the University 503 - Staying Connected and Driving Forward

Inside the University 503 - Staying Connected and Driving Forward

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Now Saulo points out the importance of staying connected to your opponent and really driving forward to move him, rather than just pushing with your arms. It is also helpful for the partner being moved to stay relaxed and almost be dead weight.

Travis Stevens Judo 7 - Breaking Collar Grips

Travis Stevens Judo 7 - Breaking Collar Grips

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In the first method of breaking the collar grip, Travis is gripping the sleeve underneath and his other hand grabs the hand, palm to palm. He rolls the hand outward and pushes down and away to break the grip. The second way is to keep his collar grip, and grab the wrist from the outside with his C grip. He rolls the wrist in and pushes the arm across his body as he leans back. The third way is to make a cat paw grip with his cross arm, roll his shoulder back, and punch the grip away from his body.

Travis Stevens Judo 6 - Breaking Sleeve Grips

Travis Stevens Judo 6 - Breaking Sleeve Grips

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From 50/50 Judo, Travis wants to break his opponent's grip on his sleeve to free his hand. The first way he can do this is by pointing his thumb to his shoulder, rotating his elbow up and yanking his arm back. If this doesn't break the grip, Travis circles his hand to the outside and brings it back up on the inside to break the grip. The third way, again if the yanking doesn't work, Travis makes a C grip on top of the wrist, and pushes both arms down and away as he pulls his body back.

Travis Stevens Judo 3 - Walking, Spinning and Gripping Combinations

Travis Stevens Judo 3 - Walking, Spinning and Gripping Combinations

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Breaking down the common footwork in Judo, when Travis wants his opponent to step backwards, he makes his offensive grips to push his opponent and steps forward. When he wants her to step forward, he makes his defensive grips to pull and step backward. To force his opponent to spin, Travis steps forward to the sleeve grip side, while he pulls the collar grip and pushes the sleeve grip.

Travis Stevens Judo 2 - Offensive Grips VS. Defensive Grips

Travis Stevens Judo 2 - Offensive Grips VS. Defensive Grips

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When Travis is playing defense, the palm of his collar grip hand is facing down and pressed into his opponent's chest to keep her at bay. The palm of his sleeve grip hand is also facing down and away, keeping tension in her arm. When he is ready to attack, both gripping hands come up, as he pulls his opponent to him to load a throw.

Travis Stevens Judo 1 - Judo Collar and Sleeve Grips

Travis Stevens Judo 1 - Judo Collar and Sleeve Grips

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Travis Stevens, Olympic Judo Silver Medalist and BJJ Black Belt, teaches some Judo basics in this series, that can be applied for any Jiu-Jitsu artist. He begins with the basic grip differences between Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. For a Judo sleeve grip, Travis takes the slack from underneath the sleeve, and grabs it with his whole palm, giving him better control of the arm. For the collar grip, Travis reaches with his index finger pointing like a pistol and grabs with his three fingers. The top of his hand should be level to his opponent's chin. Next, he lifts the collar up and tilts his wrist so his pinky is on the chest.

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 9 - Grip Breaking

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 9 - Grip Breaking

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Travis' opponent has a grip on his lapel, so first Travis makes the same grip on his opponent's lapel. His other hand makes a C-grip, and he brings it up, grabbing his opponent's wrist from underneath. At the same time, Travis pulls back with his back, and brings the arm across his body before making a grip on his opponent's back. Now he has different foot sweep and takedown options from here.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 7 - Defending Grips

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 7 - Defending Grips

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Travis focuses on how to defend during the grip fight, stressing the importance of protecting your front foot side collar and sleeve. Travis does so by keeping his hand up to his chest while defending grips, and looking to catch his opponent's hand when he throws it in to make a grip. He also shows how blocking your opponent's shoulder, if he has your collar, can prevent the takedown.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 6 - Fundamentals of Grip Fighting

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 6 - Fundamentals of Grip Fighting

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Travis covers many topics in grip fighting, including how to grip against an opposite side opponent, how to determine what stance your opponent is, how to transition from sleeve to collar grips, and he shows a drill to practice setting up your grips.

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