Tuesday, July 19, 2005

BJJ Move #34: Over-Under Clinch

This clinch is very common-—it’s easy to make your opponent enter into this clinch even if he’d rather hold you off, so it’s a good way to keep someone from hitting you if you’re close; you’ll see a variation of it all the time in boxing matches. Like the collar-and-elbow clinch, this tie-up puts you and your opponent in symmetrical positions, but much closer.

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.

Over-Under Clinch:
-standing clinch

You are standing face-to-face, and your left arm goes underneath your opponent’s right arm and holds onto his upper back (an underhook), squeezing him to you and preventing him from dropping his level to shoot in and grab you around the waist or legs. Your right arm goes over his left shoulder and also grabs his upper back or wraps around the outside of his left arm (overhook). You should be chest-to-chest.
He has the same grips on you.

Striking from the Over-Under Clinch:
Use your overhook hand to hit your opponent in the ribs with hooks.
Lift his underhook arm at the elbow with your overhook arm and hit with knee strikes in the ribs.
When your opponent brings his head low, knee over his underhook arm into his face.

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