Having a really strong grip is a very important element for anyone who trains in BJJ, or otherwise known as Brazilian jiu jitsu. However, grip strength training is often overlooked when working out in the gym.
Over the course of the next two posts we are gong to discuss the different types of grip, why it’s so important, and how to improve your grip strength. Do you want to start learning martial arts in Raleigh? If so, we hope you’ll consider Gracie Raleigh! We’re not your typical gym as we specialize in self defense, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Muay Thai. Call today and ask about our free classes.
Why Grip Strength Is Important
I’ve been training in BJJ for many years, and I can vividly remember rolling with my coaches and having them toss me around like a beanbag. Their grip was so strong that before I could even think about countering, I was already tapping out from being pulled into a submission. And, there was nothing I could do about it except get a stronger grip. That led me to researching grip strength. Below I’ve put together a list of the most common types of grips used in BJJ, and what they mean.
Hook Grip – This one is primarily used in Olympic weightlifting and power-lifting, but also works well for BJJ. For weightlifting, the hook grip places the thumb between the weights and the remaining fingers. For BJJ, you should grip the cuff of the sleeve on your opponent’s gi from the outside. Use the excess material to hold on to and cuff it with your four fingers.
Pistol Grip – This is the same as the crush grip. For BJJ, grip the excess gi fabric of the sleeve or pant leg like you would when holding a barbell.
Two-on-one Grip – This is also known as the Russian Tie and is particularly used in wrestling. For BJJ, you should use the cuff grip along with an additional grip to take hold of the excess material at the elbow on your opponent’s gi. However, be aware of your opponents free hand.
Lapel and Sleeve Grip – This one is pretty self-explanatory. One hand should grip the lapel of the opponent’s gi while the other hand grabs hold of the sleeve.
Be sure to join us for part two where we discuss how to strengthen your grip.
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