Grip strength is one thing when it comes to chokes in BJJ, but adding in some strength and conditioning exercises that prepare your hands and wrists for the very specific demands of BJJ, will go a long way in improving your chokes. Let me show you how.
Trial and error Vs science for training grip strength for BJJ
Through experimentation, I recently made some changes to my grip strength training that made a dramatic improvement in my grip strength when fighting jiu jitsu. I was doing some stand up grip fighting with a training partner, someone who has much better stand up than me, and several times he couldn't get rid of my grips on his collar. This doesn't normally happen. So it got me thinking, was this a happy accident, or had I hit upon something that is a far more effective way of developing grip strength for BJJ?
So, I wanted to write this article because when it comes to grip training, I want to move away from a trial and error approach, which tends to be the most common approach for grip strength. I wanted to look at the science. Using a scientific approach for developing strength in other areas, e.g. the legs, is a no brainer. So, why don't we take the same scientific approach when it comes to grip strength?