Wednesday, July 20, 2005

BJJ Move #35: Double Underhooks Clinch

This clinch gives you an advantage over your opponent, allowing you to take him over onto his back. When you get an over-under clinch, you and your opponent will naturally start trying to get a second underhook.

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.

Double Underhooks Clinch:
-standing clinch

This clinch is basically a front bearhug under both your opponent's arms (two underhooks), clasping your hands together at the small of his back and pulling his waist strongly into you while pressing your forehead or the side of your head into his chest. You can also secure this clinch with one of your opponent's arms trapped inside against his body.

Over-Under Clinch to Double-Underhooks Clinch - Pummeling Drill (“Swimming for Underhooks”):
From over-under clinch, stand toe to toe; right pectoral to right pectoral; right arm under and left arm over. Right ear on the opponent’s shoulder. You and your opponent at the same time take your left hand to your heart and swim it under your opponent’s underhook and take your left pec to left pec and left ear to your opponent’s shoulder. Repeat in a smooth rythmic fashion until it becomes automatic. After you and your partner are both comfortable with the mechanics of this drill, then you can begin to add some speed and force to it. Ultimately, fighting for superior position (double underhooks) and the takedown— control his weight, pull him in, hip him over and trip him (Minor Outside Hook / Ko Soto Gake).

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