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Gripping inside the sleeves in BJJ

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by fulltilt, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. fulltilt Green Belt

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    I'm somewhat new to BJJ in a gi and have been told that gripping inside the sleeves and pants is illegal and I'm curious as to why:

    International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (Article 5 under "Fouls not as serious")

    Anybody care to enlighten me?
     
  2. Goat Gobbler Orange Belt

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    You can not grip with your fingers "inside" of your opponents sleeves or pants. You can grip with your fingers inside of YOUR OWN sleeves/pants though (i.e. ezekial)
     
  3. Goat Gobbler Orange Belt

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    it's illegal because you can't safely break the grips without injuring your opponents fingers. it's a fighter safety rule spawned from too many sprained/broken digits.
     
  4. Jagcorps_esq Red Belt

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    This is why a pistol grip or cuff grip is necessary. If you put your thumb into the sleeve and then turn it out, it creates a cuff that your fingers can go into, but it's really outside of the sleeve.
     
  5. fulltilt Green Belt

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    Funny that right after I posted this, I saw someone do an Ezekiel choke and immediately said to myself that the rule must apply to only the opponent's sleeves/pants.
     
  6. Davii Blue Belt

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    If you want to see why in person, ask someone to show you spider guard.

    Make the grips inside the sleeves.. then have them pass your guard. Have 911 ready though :D
     
  7. fulltilt Green Belt

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    So basically, the rule is there for the safety of the person doing the gripping. I'll take your guys' word for it as I don't think I need/want to see the aftermath of what can go wrong.

    Thanks for the responses.
     
  8. Vassago Brown Belt

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    Try it with a partner (carefully). The person trying to break that grip will easily trap and twist some fingers, so yes, it's for the safety of the gripper. :p Same rule in Judo.
     
  9. dave070 White Belt

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    I actually fractured a purple belts middle and 3rd finger because he grabbed inside my pants for a guard pass. The guy is strong so i used my free leg to help, and all of a sudden i herd a *CRACK* like a twig snapping.....Fractured both his fingers. His fingers got twisted inside my pant leg, and he couldn't physically let go when i tried to kick away his grip.

    Thats why we have the rule.
     
  10. teamcarvalho Green Belt

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    Its also a good way to get your Gi sleeves or pant legs ripped.
     
  11. Mike Wilson Jr. Amateur Fighter

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    ^ Where you been man!? Havent been posting much!
     

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