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Colin Oates is a left handed fighter. When up against same stance opponents, those also in a left stance, his only thought as he took to the mat wa...
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Colin Oates is a left handed fighter. When up against same stance opponents, those also in a left stance, his only thought as he took to the mat was ‘stop the left hand’.
He did this initially by targeting his partner’s left shoulder and chest, before transitioning down to a sleeve grip.
Colin Oates’s mentality against left handed opponents was ‘stop the left hand, catch the hand, break the grip’.
He felt most uncomfortable when his opponent managed to get a high lapel or collar grip. If they managed to get the grip, his main way of dealing with it was by easing their hand down ...
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 Uzbeki...