Wrestling for Jiu-jitsu: 3 ways to get into the clinch

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In this video clip, BJJ and Judo black belter Ali Sulit gives some helpful tips on how to improve your wrestling for jiu-jitsu.

It can be frustrating if you have a lot of takedowns from the clinch position but don’t know how to close the distance and get the clinch in the fist place. If you can relate to this problem, then try out these 3 techniques on how to get the clinch in no-gi training, as demonstrated by Sulit, founder of Ali Sulit Jiu-jitsu.

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In the post, he wrote:

“For the past few years, I have observed that the clinch game has been neglected and underestimated. This should not be the case. In NO-GI, especially, having good wrestling skills such as control over the clinch game, is very useful.
Here, I show how to engage your opponent just by the initial wrist control you get. When they extend or expose their arm and hand out, hold their hand where your four fingers are the the back of their palm. Your thumb should be pressing hard into the middle of their palm. This will allow you to twist their wrist in a way where they will expose their elbow for an armdrag or an under hook.

Another thing I show here is how to fake a double leg shoot to enter into a double underhook clinch or an over-under clinch.

Try it out and see how it can improve your wrestling for Jiu-jitsu.”

Video via @alisulitjiujitsu


Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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