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Grip Strength For Grappling

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by PikeKing, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. PikeKing White Belt

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    I've been doing Judo a few months now and I always thought that I would need crazy grip strength.

    I've found however that with 10 years or so of lifting, I'm not having any trouble with my grip.

    Do the grapplers here do anything specific for their grip strength?

    I've always been a fan on towel pull ups and I've been using thick bars for a few years from time to time.

    Also can anyone actually do a crossed arm towel/gi collar pullup? I tried them after seeing them in Training For Warriors, I cant do 1 rep as I just spin around!
     
  2. DEVILsSON Black Belt

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    I am not a fighter/grappler but I imagine grip plays a significant role...esp in Gi Judo grappling...

    build your overall hand strength and you'll reap great benefits...

    train your support, crush, and pinch grips...as well as your extension/wrist strength...

    towel pull ups are great...as are thick bar pull ups/chins, grippers, plate/blob pinching, levering, etc...

    a cool rope/gi exercise is doing a pull up then moving one hand at a time upwards and doing pull/chin ups that way...
     
  3. SmashiusClay Avatar of Cyttorak

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    wrist rollering is bloody great as a grip exercise for grapplers.
     
  4. Revok Brown Belt

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    Weighted dead hangs from a doubled-up towel are good. I do them one-handed and two-handed, with awkward partial grips like a thumb and two fingers or gripping it upside-down. I do CoCs, pinching and levering, etc, but I feel the towel hangs have the most direct carryover to BJJ.
     
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    I went to a Pedro Sauer seminar in the late 90s and he told us how he would bout a Gi on a wooden post and cross choke it LOL.
     
  6. Gold182 Green Belt

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    Rocking Climbing is great for your grip. Ive started climbing and my grip is already improving. Hanging onto a wall by your finger tips while 50ft in the air is good incentive.
     
  7. Anyone had a towel tear on them doing this? Would a belt be a good substitute? And should it be one towel per hand or what, i'm ~81kg?
     
  8. Revok Brown Belt

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    I was 90kg for a while and dangling with 60kg in plates using one towel and never had a tear. Just try to find to decent, thick towel (I use a small gym towel about 60cm x40cm), twist it up tight and fold it over the chin bar without the edges being pulled and you should be fine. Wetting it with water will strengthen it a bit, and don't ask how I know, but pissing on it will make it even stronger.
     
  9. Cheers

    Should i piss on the towel before hand or in the gym itself?
     
  10. Revok Brown Belt

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    Actually sweat isn't that different from piss in chemical makeup, so that might work just as good.
     
  11. Bram Wiley Yellow Belt

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    I had one tear on me and I fell right on my ass. I usually use 2 hand towels from the gym, but I inspect them every time. I've had maybe 4 rip severely, but only one time did it fully tear in half.
     
  12. PikeKing White Belt

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    i'm 106kg and i've gone up to chinning on a towel with 20kg and never had any trouble
     
  13. PikeKing White Belt

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    really?

    I've been using a rolled up bath towel, so I guess its stronger than a hand towel
     
  14. sambam Blue Belt

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    if u saw the countdown to faber pulver i now only do pullups with the tennis balls that shit is crazy i love it
     
  15. puduman Guest

    Not sure if it has been posted yet, but this is an incredible grip strength exercise:
    Jens Pulver Grip Tip

    @admin: I hope you don't mind me linking our blog as long as we deliver good content.
     
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    Next time somebody asks me how they can get stronger I'm going to piss on them.
     
  17. I Shoot Doubles Blue Belt

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    Sweat? Nah. Definantly piss on it.
     
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    I wouldnt call that good content. In fact its embarrasing. U really think its a good idea to put tennis balls in your hand while doing pull ups!!? Your an irresponsible idiot. Their are plenty better ways for developing a stroing grip without all the lame hazards presented by the one u posted. such as slipping the tennis ball and falling on the ground or tearing a ligament in your hand or taking out a shoulder through the lack of balance and stability in the excercise. Just cos Jens Pulver might do it doesnt make it a good excercise.
     
  19. A little harsh, but every exercise has to be weighed against its risks.

    Try wetting a towel and squeezing out the water with your hands - not wringing it, just squeezing.

    Rope pullups or hangs with a thick rope should be just about the same as towel pullups, if you're concerned about safety.

    Go to Ross or Walmart and pick up some towels on sale, don't use the old ones that are in your garage - they're probably too ratty.
     
  20. RedNeckJiuJitsu Black Belt

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    I should probably get a good bath towel to use for this. I'd been usin' the towels at my uni gym, but they rip too easy (never had a bad rip, just could feel it slowly givin' way), so I bought a couple good hand towels at Wal-Mart, but the one ripped a little the 2nd time I used it (not very bad at all tho...)... Maybe when it fails I'll get a bath towel...
     

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