Every time I roll with a new guy who likes to use strong grips, I pause for a second or two. I tell him to chill and listen to my story. I tell him about when I first began BJJ, my instructor (Jeff) would ever so politely loosen my collar for me and slide his hand aside my neck. He did it so nonchalantly, like we were best friends. I trusted him, which made his game that much more effective. Of course I now know he was simply using my collar to eventually submit me – I also know he was setting up his grip game.
The guys up at Fighting Chance use grips like crazy. I’ve always played loose. I wasn’t interested in winning as much as I was in outsmarting or baiting my opponent. I liked to allow the other guy to think he’s got something good and then I’d reverse it. I don’t know – I guess it was the feeling of watching my technique in action. It’s a BJJ thing.
The fact of the matter is that grips work. Whoever has the grips, has the game. And grips tough to overcome. If your opponent has control of you, not only do you have to break those grips, you also have to pass or sweep. It’s a difficult situation.
I found a nice video on Jiu Jitsu Nerd yesterday that deals with some strategies for breaking grips. Watch the video and if for nothing else, realize that when someone has you in certain situations, you need to get out of them.
Keenan Cornelius Shows Grip Breaks