To be successful in Judo you have to know a think or two about grips. In Judo competition, most likely, the fighter with excellent grips will win.
The traditional basic grip where you hold the sleeve with one hand and the lapel with the other although can be very powerful, is the most common and because of this, fighters can easily break it or counter it.
The following video shows the Russian great Shota Khabarelli versus Seppo Myllyla from Finland. Khabarelli was known for his outstanding pickup which was named after him. To execute the pick up Khabarelli would use a behind the back grip with one hand holding onto his opponents belt and with the other hand he would grip his opponents gi trouser near the knee. With this grip he would get in close drop his hips, lift his opponent and they end up on there back.
In this video he uses the same powerful over the shoulder, behind the back grip, holding onto his opponents belt, but instead of lifting his opponent he performs a strong Koshi Guruma. The grip which he has behind his opponents back is very strong and it is because of this grip that he is able to get in tight to his opponent in order to throw him. Enjoy the video.
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Tags: judo, martial arts, shota khabarelli, throw