Why gripping is so important

gripping basics for beginners

Gripping is one of the most important skills that you can develop to improve your guard play and your passing.  When working with a new student. I will first ask them what position(s) they are working on followed immediately by what grips they are looking for, and how do they get to that position.  And this serves a few purposes. Chief among which, is to see their understanding of a position because no technique can exist in a vacuum by

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Focus on recomposing first

Lots of beginner students want to develop a berimbolo or a spider guard or a De la Riva guard right from the start.  It’s a classic example of wanting the shiny object. Or wanting dessert before dinner.  You see that a move is very effective or a position is very common and of course you want to practice those moves or those positions.  But I believe for beginners especially,  you should focus on learning how to retain your guard first. 

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