Tighten Up Your Grips In 2019 With This Video By The Legendary Travis Stevens
C Grips by Travis Stevens
Who is Travis Stevens? He made history by being the third male judoka from the USA to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games. Travis also holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under the legendary John Danaher and Renzo Gracie. It is an understatement to say that he is accomplished in both Judo and Jiu Jitsu.
Travis was born February 28, 1986 and is a lifelong grappler. He began training Judo at the age of 6. He competed in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics in the men's half-middleweight (-81 kg) division. On August 9, 2016, Stevens made history by being the third American male judoka to win a silver medal in the Olympics. His other grappling accomplishments include the following: 2nd place at the 2016: Grand Prix Havana. 3rd place at the 2015: Pan American Senior Championships , 1st place at the 2015: Pan American Games Toronto, 3rd place at the 2015: Pan American Senior Championships, 7th place at the 2015: Grand Prix Dusseldorf, 2nd place at the 2014: Grand Prix Zagreb, 1rst place at the Pan American Open Miami, 5th place at the Grand Slam Tyumen, 2nd place at the Grand Prix Havana, 3rd place at the Pan American Championships Guayaquil, 2nd place at the Grand Prix Tbilisi, 1rst place at the Grand Prix Dusseldorf, 5th place at the 2013: Grand Slam Tokyo, 7th place at the Grand Prix Abu Dhabi, 1rst place at the Grand Prix Tashkent, 3rd place at the Pan American Championships San Jose , 1rst place at the Pan American Open Montevideo, 2nd place in Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro ,3rd place in Grand Prix Abu Dhabi, 1rst place in World Cup Tashkent, 2nd place in Grand Slam Moscow , 2nd place in Pan American Championships Guadalajara, 1rst place Grand Prix Dusseldorf,5th place in World Cup Budapest and 5th place in Masters Baku.
Travis Stevens has simple concepts that he applies to his throws, take downs, guard passing and grips. His approach is simple, and makes him one of the best grapplers ever.
Stevens is an excellent teacher. On January 12, 2013 he opened FUJI Gym in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He spends the majority of his time teaching there. He also teaches at Renzo Gracie Fort Lee in New Jersey. When he is not teaching, he regularly trains at Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City. Another testament to his ability as an instructor is the fact that his instructional videos for BJJ Fanatics are hugely successful.
In this video Travis Stevens explores some of the uses of C grips. He states that the value of a C grip is not in controlling your opponent. However, there are several effective uses for this grip. One use is guiding your opponent's arms. An example of this is in butterfly guard. We can use C grips to create the space and angles necessary for an arm drag. Stevens notes C grips are also great for offensive movement. Often times they can be used to set up a submission like a Kimura. A third use of C grips in in escapes. They are excellent for pushing our opponent’s away in order to create sufficient space to escape. At the end of the video Stevens reiterates that the purpose of C grips is not to hold our opponent in a static position, they are a valuable addition to any grappler’s arsenal. Certainly all gripping should be done with a purpose and it is nice to have the benefits and weakness of any grip defined. Thank you Travis Stevens.
This video is a wonderful example of Travis’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers. Like all of Stevens’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Travis Stevens’ instructional videos have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Certainly, the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.