In this clip we see Colin Oates’s gripping strategies against left handed opponents, used in the heat of competition.
In the 2014 Paris Grand Slam, Oates perfectly demonstrates his game-plan of stopping the left hand, by targeting the chest, against double World Champion Rishod Sobirov of Uzbekistan.
This strategy prevents one of the modern lightweight greats from trying any of his big techniques. And it puts Oates in a position where he is able to attack, and look positive. In the last minute, with Oates ahead on penalties, Sobirov pushes as hard as he can, but doesn’t have the grips to threaten. This superior gripping strategy allows Oates to get his arm over the back of his opponent and pile on the pressure, forcing Sobriov to back out of the contest area and receive a decisive third penalty. Oates is through.
From the 2016 Samsun Grand Prix, Oates takes control of his Mongolian opponent’s left sleeve. From there his opponent is unable to make his Seoi nage work. In a vulnerable position he touches the leg of Oates, which results in disqualification.
Finally, to Miami 2013, and a great example of Oates dominating his opponent’s left sleeve, before bringing his right arm over the top and controlling the back. From here he is able to neutralise his opponent and work himself into a very strong Newaza position.