Don't Break Your Thumb

in Randori or Grappling

 

 

 

 

When you grab a gi in randori/grappling it is common to see competitors grab their opponent’s gi with a grip where their thumb grabs the gi from underneath [or opposite their fingers & palm] like when you normally grab something.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While this is a more secure grab it can also entrap the thumb if the uke rolls as is shown in this picture and the next one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A broken thumb [or wrist] is a common injury if the uke rolls out of the throw or rotates during groundwork as your thumb &/or hand can become trapped in the twisted gi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An alternative grip is to keep your thumb next to your fingers & grip only with your fingers. This way you can easily slip your hand out of a twisted gi & prevent injuring yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The same problem can occur if you grab your uke’s obi with your thumb underneath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The preventative solution is the same & your technique won’t suffer.