Clinch for Submission Grappling (diary entry)

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My limited lesson course on Submission Grappling shifted its focus to the clinch. My client wanted to work in this particular field to link it with my her ground-fighting. Therefore, our warm-up largely consisted of box-footwork and collar and elbow “bulling”.  We looked at the three basic wrestling stances and how to unbalance an opponent.

I then introduced under-hook and over-hook pummelling. From here we covered the Greco-Roman arm-drag takedown. This technique, taught to me by Lee Hasdell, is such a simplistic move that suits both MMA and Submission Grappling. We were able to then link dog-fight position for taking the back and shooting for a double-leg.

Next, we looked at a gift-wrap takedown dealing with a counter to the arm-drag. This moved us on to either going to back-mount or full-mount positions. From full-mount, I taught Americana, grapevine and the snake-choke. Snake-chokes work especially well from the top gift-wrap hold where the opponent’s arm is trapped around their neck.

The lesson was finished with 2 minute round of progressive specific sparring from clinch. Here we looked at opportunities for the snap-down and taking the back.


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