In a match there’s a HUGE advantage for the person who gets their preferred grips first.
If you have grips but your opponent does not then you have almost all the offensive options and he has none.
But if he gets his grips first then you’ll be lucky to avoid his attacks.
This is true regardless of whether you’re both on your feet, he pulls guard, or you pull guard.
The first grip dominates!
Here’s Alliance BJJ black belt Thomas Lisboa showing one of his favourite gripfighting favourite strategies. This technique is simple enough that you can probably watch the video once and apply it the next time you roll, whenever that is!
Check out this effective gripfighting strategy below…