There are many ways to grip in judo, jiu jitsu and wrestling. In fact, Kumi Kata as it's called in Japanese is a science in its own right. Great books and instructional DVDs* have been produced in this subject and I am the least qualified person to teach much about it.
Recently we've been working variations of this particular grip at the Labs: The 2-on-1 grip.
The nice thing about grip fighting is that it's all about posture and frames. You choose a grip thanks to the advantages it affords you over your opponent and once you grip, your forearm and, potentially, your whole arm becomes a lever which you can utilise to move, or move around, your opponent. Have a look at the video below of Marcelo Garcia and how he uses the advantage the 2-on-1 grip gives him: you block one side in a way that works both gi and no gi
and for that exact same reason (grip fighting = leverage and postures) then a good grip from standing is usually, but not always, a good grip on the ground and vice versa. Have a look at this old wrestling video of how the 2-on-1 can be utilised to gain an advantage over an opponent in stand-up wrestling:
One thing I learnt from studying statistics (and mathematics in general) is that in any complex set of maneuovers, the earlier you fix something in the chain, the more rewards you will reap (and less risks you'll find yourself in) in the end which is why I'm paying a lot of attention to the earliest stages of grappling:
4. grip fighting
I'll let you know how it goes.
Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi
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