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    Default Martial Artists: Six Reasons Grabbing Someone Is Foolish! by Dr. Gary S. Goodman

    Martial Artists: Six Reasons Grabbing Someone Is Foolish!
    By Dr. Gary S. Goodman

    Your child slips and suddenly he’s about to fall down some stairs.

    What can you do?

    “Grab him fast!”

    Right?

    Of course. It’s nearly reflexive, and it’s intuitively obvious.

    But why would you ever want to grab onto a bad guy, unless you’re falling off a cliff and you need his footing and stability to save your life?

    I realize there are some martial arts that use grabs, extensively.

    Aikido, which I respect very much philosophically, is one of them. But my art, Kenpo Karate, as a general rule, sees grabbing as foolish, for these reasons:

    (1) It ties up what is otherwise a perfectly good weapon. Why voluntarily disable your hand, arm, elbow, and striking ability by clenching someone’s shirt? Keeping your weapons free seems the superior choice.

    (2) A bad guy grabs your shirt, so you grab his. Now, there are two stupid people in this altercation. What is this, Sumo, with clothes on?

    (3) You lose blocking capability.

    (4) You definitely lose overall mobility. Grabbing him is like he grabbed you. It gives him a third arm and hand, and he can more effectively pummel you with the two he has left over.

    (5) It keeps you in dangerous hand range when the best place to be is out of range.

    (6) A grab, unless it’s a claw to the eyes or throat does no damage.

    Consider these minuses very seriously before you reach out and grab someone, especially in a fight!

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    Default Re: Martial Artists: Six Reasons Grabbing Someone Is Foolish! by Dr. Gary S. Goodman

    You grab because you want to control something. You grab to keep the other guy from using that weapon in his hand, or drawing the one at his waist. The very reason why the traditional jujistu arts focus so much on the wrist grabs is because someone is attacking your limbs to prevent you from drawing your weapon.

    You grab to take someone into a range they are unfamiliar with, you grab because you are going to suplex the guy into oblivion, or are going to knee that guy into oblivion with a plum clinch.

    There is a time and place for everything.

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    Default Re: Martial Artists: Six Reasons Grabbing Someone Is Foolish! by Dr. Gary S. Goodman

    Quote Originally Posted by Blindside View Post
    There is a time and place for everything.

    Lamont
    I'm with Blindside 100% on this one.

    There are times when a "grab" is advantageous.

    You do not lose a weapon by grabbing if the grab is employed as a weapon; joint lock, choke, etc...

    Grabbing is sometimes necessary in order to pull

    Grabbing in some cases can check or trap your opponents weapons, therefore in those circumstances you do not lose blocking capability

    I was always under the impression that kenpo was an up-close-and-personal form of self defense so why would being within "hand range" be a bad thing?

    Grabbing is used to position your oppent, as when controling a take-down.

    IMHO to say grabbing someone is foolish is foolish. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't.
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    Default Re: Martial Artists: Six Reasons Grabbing Someone Is Foolish! by Dr. Gary S. Goodman

    Quote Originally Posted by Blindside View Post
    You grab because you want to control something. You grab to keep the other guy from using that weapon in his hand, or drawing the one at his waist. The very reason why the traditional jujistu arts focus so much on the wrist grabs is because someone is attacking your limbs to prevent you from drawing your weapon.

    You grab to take someone into a range they are unfamiliar with, you grab because you are going to suplex the guy into oblivion, or are going to knee that guy into oblivion with a plum clinch.

    There is a time and place for everything.

    Lamont
    Well stated and thank you.

    I'd rather know proper techniques from the clinch and never use them than need them and not know.


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