Breaking Grips

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  1. james p December 3, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    sometimes i cant close my guard around a larger opponent, what should i do

    • Henry A December 9, 2016 at 12:30 am

      Hi James, yes that is always a possibility. So if it’s physically impossible to cross your legs then you are forced to play open guard and the strategy there is to create distance with your legs and try to get back up so that you can take the top position. If you’re dealing with someone that big usually it’s difficult to try to sweep them too, feet on their hips works well to create distance and as soon as you have an opportunity try to stand up and then push them onto their backs so you can have the top position.

  2. Bao T January 14, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Professor Akins,

    Breaking grips isn’t always easy. Can you explain or perhaps show how to efficiently break grips, especially when dealing with someone who has really strong grip? What happens if you can break their grip. My Two arms vs his one doesn’t always work for me. Is grip strength necessary to break grips? Thank you advance for reading this and answering my questions.

    Bao Tran

    • Henry A January 17, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Breaking grips is not about strength just like everything in jiu-jitsu. We always try to find the weakness. There are different techniques to break the different grips someone will use when trying to keep posture in the guard. I’ll film some videos to show and explain :)

  3. Bao T January 17, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks professor

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