Wednesday, February 2, 2011


The number of submission holds in grappling is absolutely overwhelming.  As we all know, entire training encyclopedias have been written, and the DVD market is saturated with instructional videos on the subject.  These techniques have been developed over generations and are not easily learned.  Legendary grapplers such as Karl Gotch are famous (or infamous) for being able to apply over 1000 submission holds on his opponents.  Yes, you could spend a lifetime learning the plethora of concession holds possible on the human body. 

Some systems favor this approach in competition and combat, focusing on learning as many holds as possible and applying them from any position.  Other grappling styles emphasize positioning first, instructing the students to perform sweeps and reversals then relying on only a few holds to subdue an incapacitated opponent.  Both these approaches to grappling strategy have their strengths and weaknesses. 

In the case of the former -- emphasizing different submission holds over positioning -- however, it’s important to learn sequences of attacks from any situation.  If the opponent counters your holds or moves to a different position, you must be able to flow to the next “hook,” as your strategy is based on constant attack. 

Veteran trainer and former Shooto champion Erik Paulson happens to an expert on this subject.  As anyone who has seen him train or compete can attest to, he moves from one submission lock flow to another with amazing alacrity.  In this video, Erik shows us a series of neck cranks from different positions.  We also get a glimpse into his Fullerton, California gym.  Coach Paulson is one of the best in the business.  I always learn a lot from watching his online videos and I know the DSTRYR/sg audience will learn a lot too. 

Watch your neck and never give the back.  These Catch As Catch Can guys will tear you in half. 

1 comment:

  1. i like what he had to say about competing, good stuff. here is a great interview he did with Stephan Kesting on that subject and others.


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