Shield Grip

  • Opposite side gripping
  • Off the grip attacks only
  • Used once or twice an event

Gripping left on right can be a real pain for most right-handed athletes. Let’s face it there are usually more right-handed fighters than left-handed fighters. As a right-handed fighter, I needed a way to disrupt the gripping patterns. This is a great move that can throw a left-handed fighter off quickly making them second guess punching their dominant hand in.

A couple of key things to pay attention to:

  • The left-handed opponent has to be committing to the grip. If they are not punching in hard you can not redirect their momentum to end up on the back.
  • You have to get your shield in place soon. Make sure you’re quick and you plan when you’re going to do this. If your opponent gets a grip on your collar as you try this, things will go downhill quickly.
  • Make sure you throw right off the grip! Don’t hang around looking for the perfect chance to score. This technique was fabricated to be an off the grip attack that can be used to disrupt the gripping patterns.

Having sequences that you train is very important. When you’re competing and training though it’s important to have these “one-hit wonder” techniques that you do every once in awhile. These will help keep your opponents “honest” and not just play heavy defenses to your “A-Game” judo techniques.


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