Wednesday, June 22, 2005

BJJ Move # 20: Collar-and-Elbow Clinch

When standing up and fighting, you are probably going to come into close contact with someone.
Maybe you are The One, and you can move with such speed and grace that you don't need to put your hands up to protect your face and fight without any real grappling.
Otherwise, you're going to come to grips with your opponent. Here's one common grip from which you can start working other moves.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Collar-and-Elbow Clinch:
-standing clinch

You are facing your opponent, and you are close to each other.
Your right hand holds the back of his neck from behind (while he does the same to you).
Your left hand grabs his right arm just above his elbow from the outside (while he does the same to you).
With this grip, your left foot should be slightly forward.

From here, you can work toward a number of moves, such as a duck-under to a takedown, ankle pick, standing guillotine, superior clinches, etc.

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