Do You Struggle With Grips During BJJ Training or Competitions?

Do you focus on Grip Fighting. . .

Probably not as much as you'd like right? 

There seems to be an endless amount of techniques offered but almost nothing in relation to grips.
Lots of Techniques and No Grips creates big problems in your BJJ game.
Think about it. 

When your coach shows a technique to you in class. What is the very 1st thing they show. . .

it's probably the placement of your hands and body in relation to your opponent's, right?

Yet this absolutely crucial and necessary aspect of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is often brushed over as an afterthought. 

I know many gyms that don't regularly do grip fighting classes or training. 

And this leads to a big problem. Having an arsenal of techniques without the grips to execute them. . .
You Can't Use Techniques without the Grips to Execute
This is one of the big reasons why some people who can show you a million techniques but aren't able to use them effectively during rolling or competition. 

It's also the reason why you may have experienced the issue of not being able to execute a technique.

You know how to do the technique but can't seem to pull the trigger. . .

So what exactly is the problem?

Think of your techniques as a bullet. 

In order for the bullet to properly shoot from the gun and into the target, you need what?

Right, some sort of propellent (like gunpowder for old guns) to make the bullet go. 

So consider they grip fighting the equivalent of the gunpowder for your techniques. . .

With properly drilled movements. Dominating grips give your techniques the ability to go. 
I Couldn't Use My Wrestling Because My Grip Fighting Sucked.
There was a period of time where I was experiencing the same issues! 

As a White - Blue Belt I typically had no issues dominating the takedowns with my wrestling. . . 

Then as I moved into Purple Belt and the higher levels of BJJ. 

The grip fighting became tougher and I often struggled to get my takedowns to work. 

In no gi I was solid.

But in gi I had a lot of trouble. 
An Unexpected Friend Changed My Game
BJJ has a funny way of bringing people into your life that sometimes change your game in ways you never anticipated. 

In 2011. I had the pleasure of meeting a person who would become a friend and great training partner. 

Mash, was a Purple Belt in BJJ and a Black Belt in Judo. He competed in both Judo in college and BJJ in Japan. 

He was visiting Louisville for about a year and while he was here he became a fixture in the gym. 

We trained together, competed together and partied together. He was hilarious in the last respect. 

I Was Exposed To Grip Fighting
One of the things that stuck out about his stand up style compared to mine which had more of a wrestling / BJJ element to it. 

Was the hand fighting for grips. . .

This led to me having him teach Judo classes with an emphasis on the grip fighting techniques he used. 

These classes had a profound effect on me and sent me on a road of being kind of obsessed with grip fighting at times. 

I've gone as far as purchasing out-of-print $200 Judo books on grip fighting just to learn more about the subject!

I know it’s a weird thing to obsess over. . . 

Especially with all the cool stuff in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu like upside down inverted submissions. 

I mean it’s not sexy and doesn’t make you go OOOOOooo. . . . ahhhhhh.

But dominating grips and being able to control the grip fighting is huge!
Control The Grips And You Control EVERYTHING!
This grip fighting focus spilled over into my BJJ competition game almost immediately. 

And as I started to fight more aggressively for grips in my Jiu-jitsu matches. My wins, and more importantly the way I won, shot up. 

My takedowns and wrestling techniques began to find their mark again. 

And I'll add that when I’m talking about BJJ grip fighting. 

I’m not just talking about the feet and doing takedowns. I’m also talking about the ground. Even submissions start with grips first. 

This whole grip fighting focus came to head about a year later. 

I realized I was competing against a Judo Black Belt in a BJJ competition. And I was dominating the grips. I was even able to score a throw! Which I’m not going to lie, I was pretty happy about.  

He was better at throwing than I was for sure. But I had dominated grips. 

As soon as I began to reap the rewards of this modified grip fighting system that I using with a lot of success. 

I did what any good coach would do. . . I shared it with my students!

And not too long after. I was coaching my guys at a local tournament. We had so many people on the mats that I was rushing around like crazy. 

Then all of a sudden I felt it. My stomach start to almost cramp up. 

I had been so busy coaching that I had forgotten to use the bathroom for several hours. I rushed to the bathroom to get rid of the water I had been holding. 

TMI I know, but there is a point!

While I was using the restroom. I overheard some people from another team talking in the locker room which was attached to the bathroom. Their conversation went something like this. 

BJJ Player 1: Did you go against anyone from Derby City?

BJJ Player 2: Yeah. . . they’re so rough!

BJJ Player 1: Yeah! And I couldn’t get any grips on them!

BJJ Player 2: I wonder what the hell they do down there at that gym. . .

(I'm seriously not joking. This is almost verbatim what I heard. It's become one of my favorite gym stories.)

When I heard this. I must have been grinning ear to ear. Probably inappropriate for a bathroom setting. 
Eliminate the Frustration with Grips With A Simple Step-By-Step System.
Get a Grip isn't just a bunch of random videos!

It's a step by step series of Grip Fighting techniques to help you piece together a system that you can immediately use in your game. . .

Because grip fighitng can be frustrating! 

And this is why I created Get A Grip.

Because I’ve seen first hand how much of a difference being more focused on grips can make in someones BJJ game. 

Both through myself and my students. How much of a difference being more focused on grips can make in someones BJJ game.

If you’re not already focused on Bjj grip fighting. Then you should be. And if you’d like to shorten the learning curve for your grip fighting Bjj abilities with a simple system.
Here's What You Get Once You Invest in Get a Grip 
Step by Step Grip Fighting Techniques (20+ Grip Fighting Technique Videos)
Get A Grip Ebook (Tips on drilling and training grips)
BJJ Match Breakdowns (Me Using My Grip Fighting in Actual Matches)
So after reading through all of this you might be wondering what the price is going to be?

Well, most DVD or video instructional with as much material as I've included typically run no less than $60+ . . .
You could find a Judo player or BJJ practitioner with good grips and start taking privates. That could run you anywhere from $50 - $300 per session. 

You could purchase the $200 Judo books I've bought.

You could also physically come to my gym and train with me. Combine the flight to Louisville, along with room and board and other travel expenses. And it gets pricey pretty fast. 

You could also get online and piece together different techniques and try and make your own grip fighting system. 

Which sounds like a lot of work to me, and a ton of time. 

So rather than spent all that money and time. . .

I'm going to give you the information inside the Get a Grip series at a super affordable price. . .

Regularly $77 Today $27
The Get a Grip: 
Grip Fighting System for Beginners 
Still not convinced?

As with every video and product I produce. My goal is to give you the techniques, tactics and strategies to be successful on and off the mat. . .

And I stand behind everything I do. . .

So if you get Get a Grip, and you aren't completely satisfied, just send an email to and I will refund you 100%. 
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