Grappling/Clinching for Self Defence :-o Jul 30, 2011 9:54:29 GMT -5
Post by meguro on Jul 30, 2011 9:54:29 GMT -5
Of course, grabbing your opponent puts you close enough to be grabbed yourself, thus opening up the fight to grappling. Still, if you can utilize a superior grip at the early stages and end it, you'll be home in time for supper.
I reckon we will agree to disagree on this, grabing with one hand leaves you with one free hand to hit/defend with. Unless you can control both of the other persons arms he can still strike/pull a weapon. In clinch they can still headbut and bite. In a 'real' situation I always assume that the opponent/opponents know how to fight dirty that way you dont get so many nasty surprises. Like the old saying goes " Plan for the worst, hope for the best".
We are drawn to our strengths.
While it's true that the arms that are doing the grabbing cannot be used for striking, they can be used for gaining a favorable position (thanks for clarifying this point, po1), ie. one where the opponent's strengths are nullified and yours advantaged. The opponent's free hands pose less of a hazard when you are beside, behind or above him, basically sabaki. If only one hand is grabbing and the other limbs striking, well that's practically Ashihara, Enshin or ice hockey. If both fighters are, by coincidence or plan, grabbing each other's arms to prevent striking, the situation is very similar to Judo. ;D