The Top 5 Grip Breaks in Judo & BJJ
Demonstrated by US Olympic Judo Coach Jimmy Pedro
Have you ever competed against someone who is physically stronger than you or is able to get their hands on you first? Understanding how to grip someone’s gi or learning how to gain an advantage when competing via grip fighting is essential to having success on the mat. It is also essential to understand how to break your opponents grip when they have a hold of your gi!
FROM THE COACHES CHAIR: “When you get outgripped, remember: stay calm and focus on your gripping objective.” – Jimmy Pedro
THE POP OFF - not legal in JUDO
STEP 1: Grab your opponents sleeve hand with both hands.
STEP 2: Push the hand down and off your gi at a 45 degree angle explosively with both hands working together. Make sure to keep your posture and actually move your body in the opposite direction of your hands.
STEP 3: Turn your sleeve hand down to take the slack out of your opponent’s sleeve and attack the wrist, pushing down and away from your body.
FROM THE COACHES CHAIR: “When you get outgripped, remember: relax and work to establish a better position or a better grip.” – Jimmy Pedro
THE TEAR AWAY
STEP 1: If your opponent takes hold of your power hand, bend your arm at the elbow and bring your thumb toward your shoulder taking the slack out of the gi.
STEP 2: Lift your elbow and tear your arm away forcefully straight towards your back.
STEP 3: If executed properly, you should be able to break your power hand free.
FROM THE COACHES CHAIR: “When you get outgripped, remember: stick with the discipline of grip fighting.” – Jimmy Pedro
THE CIRCLE BREAK
STEP 2: Circle your thumb to the outside of your opponent’s wrist making a circle with your thumb.
STEP 3: Bring your thumb up and toward your ear.
STEP 4: Tear away aggressively to free your power hand.
THE WRIST SHRUG
STEP 1: With your opponent controlling your power hand, take your power hand and arch your hand backwards, grabbing the wrist.
STEP 2: Push down on your opponent’s wrist while straightening and rounding your back to help shorten your own gi.
STEP 3: Push your opponent’s wrist as far away as possible.
THE WRIST BREAK
STEP 1: Take your power hand and place it on top of your opponent’s wrist.
STEP 2: Straighten your arm and punch your power hand down towards the mat.
STEP 3: If done properly, your opponent’s power hand gets caught on his sleeve arm, freeing your power hand.
STEP 4: Immediately posture up to continue the gripping exchange.
If you are interested in improving your competitive skills, and you want to throw more of your opponents learn and master the kids in Jimmy Pedro’s “Grip Like A World Champion” DVD & Book Set. You don’t have to be a world champion or Jimmy Pedro in order to grip like one!