Renzo Gracie shows how to defeat the Thai clinch with Jiu-Jitsu

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Clinch fighting is perhaps one of the staples of mixed martial arts where the eclectic blend of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Judo and Greco Roman Wrestling all unionize for an effective fighting art.

The Chute Box camp was particularly famous for their devastating Muay Thai clinch as shown by the sheer dominance by former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva who most famously kneed Rampage Jackson into oblivious causing him to get KO’ed through the ropes.

So if you’re a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu stylist, how can you use your arsenal to counter this devastating tactic against a fighter who likely knows both the Muay Thai clinch and Wrestling clinch.

In the following clip MMA legend, Renzo Gracie breaks down a defense of the Thai clinch.

Taking a cue from the Pride fight between Carlos Newton and Jose Pele, throughout the lesson Renzo goes through breaking the Thai clinch grip, controlling the opponents head, sweeping them to the floor and also how to reverse the grip in your favor.

Check out the full clip below.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sports system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments, mixed martial arts competition and self-defense purposes. Sparring and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system. [Source: Wiki]

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