BJJ / Grappling Tips: Grip & Create Levers
In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, technique can overcome size and other attributes. One of the keys to that is leverage. To use leverage, you have to create good levers. I spoke about the different types of levers in a previous post, but the most concise description is the one on John Will's blog.
I was looking at some footage from early UFC (UFC 7 - 1995) from the Remco Pardoel vs Ryan Parker
fight. Pardoel represented "Judo" and Parker "Okinawan Karate". There is much to say about the fight but I want you to look specifically at what Pardoel does at 3min22sec which allows him to apply leverage and finish the fight:
He grips. Without friction, there is no leverage. It doesn't matter if you train gi or no gi: If you want to create a lever, you need to have friction and gripping is a great way to do that.
Can you use that to add more leverage to something you are currently working on? Perhaps an escape or a transition? Or even a submission that you don't think you are strong/big/explosive/flexible enough to pull off? Give it a go and let us know how it went.
Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi
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