Grip fighting is one of the most important aspects of judo. Our Superstar Judo coaching library contains over 150 videos of the world's greatest judoka revealing their gripping techniques, strategies and tricks.
Learn numerous grip breaks, the ways to pin the sleeve and dominate the lapel, getting to the opponent's back, using the head, the benefits of posture and movement, gripping game-plans, and transitions into both Tachi waza and Newaza.
Twitch to get a reaction | Euan Burton
This forward twitch is done when Burton has a strong sleeve and lapel grip and his opponent is in a defensive posture. To break their posture he twitches forward.
Fast feet to get a reaction | Euan Burton
Burton likes to get a reaction from his opponent by using a fast piece of footwork. This gives him the opening to throw.
Bouncing to get a reaction | Euan Burton
One of Burton’s most effective ways to get a reaction from an opponent is to bounce his weight up and down when gripped up.
Right v left twitch | Euan Burton
When fighting against a left handed opponent, Burton – a right hander, has a good twitch to get their left leg back, so that he can throw with his Uchi mata.
Controlling the distance | Euan Burton
A big part of Euan Burton’s game was strong and offensive gripping. Burton, a right hander, shows how he likes to control the distance when fighting a left handed opponent.
Breaking The Lapel Grip | Euan Burton
Burton shows his strongest grip break against right handed opponents who like to take his lapel
Catching the sleeve | Euan Burton
In a right versus right situation one of Burton’s key objectives is to dominate his opponent’s right hand. Here Burton shows how he prevents his opponent from getting their lapel grip
Blocking the arm coming over | Euan Burton
Here Burton shows his strong and aggressive response if an opponent tries to throw their arm over the top
Lapel and arm over the top grip | Euan Burton
Burton shows one of the ways he likes to control his opponent’s head
Dealing with high arm | Euan Burton
Burton shows one of the ways he neutralises a strong right handed fighter.
Cross grip and arm over the top | Euan Burton
Here Burton’s shows a very unorthodox grip from which many of his throws came
Gripping phase | Judo Principles
Euan Burton and Gemma Gibbons shows basic principles of the gripping phase in judo.
Pre-grip | Judo Principles
Euan Burton and Gemma Gibbons start Judo Principles with the pre-gripping phase.
Using the grip | Judo Priciples
Euan Burton and Gemma Gibbons show the principles to gripping and how to use the grip in the best possible way.
Using threat | Judo Principles
Euan Burton and Gemma Gibbons show the principles behind breaking your opponent's balance by using the threat of an attack.
Using grips | Judo Principles
Euan Burton and Gemma Gibbons show the principles behind breaking your opponent's balance by using your grips.