Thursday, February 16, 2012

Overhooks or Underhooks


I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.
22 March 2007 @ 12:37 am

Whether it's gi or no gi, as you progress you tend to have a preference. As a newb I didn't know the difference between either grips. Then I discovered underhooks and progressed beyond the other newbs, and possibly because of my wrestling influence. Nowadays I value the overhooks more. For those who do not know, underhook is swimming your arm underneath your opponents arm, overhooks are when you wrap your arm around your opponents arm. Underhooks are really easy to use and anyone can get good at them. You swim and get the inside control and if the other guy doesn't know what he is doing, you can control their body.

But with an overhook you can isolate an arm for subs, use it to push into him and lift him, use it as a handle. Even from bottom when you are in half guard, you can use an overhook, but you have to get your outside hook in as a half butterfly, and use that and the overhook to lift and push into him.

From side control when you have an overhook, sure they can try to sweep you or get to their knees. But with the overhook you can mount, whizzer, brabo choke, kimura, etc. Overhook is an advanced grip that I need to work into my game.
About the Author:
Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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