Kakure Judo Club's 3-Limb Tie Up
In Judo and most other grappling arts that use a gi, it is perfectly legal to use the gi and/or belt to trap an opponent's arm or leg. Using this tactic can be highly effective and give you quite an advantage (possibly approximating fighting a man with one arm tied behind his back!)
Ordinarily, this sort of gi tie-up or trap technique is used to attack one limb, but we've come up with a way of trapping three using only one hand! It doesn't always work out perfectly, but when it does, the control is very powerful for you, and possibly embarrassing for your opponent as they are quite helpless and twisted and tied up like a pretzel.
This technique begins when you find yourself stuck on the bottom in a turtled position.
Maneuver yourself so that you are at 90 degrees to your opponent - basically, he'll be on top of you, attacking from the side while you're on all-fours. For the purposes of this explanation, let's assume that he is on your right side (to match the video demonstration above).
Then secure a strong sleeve grip, at the end of his sleeve on the arm closest to your head, using your left hand.
Maintain that sleeve grip, using it to hamper his movements and attacks until an opportunity opens up for you to reach your right arm around his near (left) leg, coming up between his legs. At that point, pass the sleeve grip you've got with your left hand to your right hand, and pull his arm back between his legs. This will put him in an awkward position with very poor balance to his right forward quarter, having his right arm trapped through his legs, both being controlled by your right hand.
Now that your left hand is freed-up from the sleeve grip, pass your left arm over his head and roll him off you, onto his back. At this point, you'll be on top and have him in a ground hold. You can be happy with this position and stop the technique progression at this point, or you can continue on to complete the 3-limb tie up.
Continuing on, maneuver yourself to the other side of his body, passing around his head, so that you are now on his left side. Be sure to maintain a strong pull on the sleeve grip so that his arm remains between his legs, controlling his right arm and left leg.
From here, hook his left arm with your left arm, threatening to apply (and you've got an excellent opportunity to do so) a Juji Gatame on his left arm unless he defends it by tucking his left arm in close to his chest. It is this defensive action that will set up the final step for the tie-up...
With his left arm still hooked by your left arm, but now defensively tucked close in to his chest, pass the sleeve grip you've still got with your right hand into your left hand and maintain pressure on his left tricep with your right bicep so that his left arm remains firmly stuck and pressed into his chest.
At this point, you're controlling his left leg, right arm, and left arm, all with one hand! And you're in a top-dominant position and judo-legal groundhold. If you're using striking techniques, your right arm is completely free to drop elbows or other strikes with no chance of them being blocked.
It's quite a powerful position when it works out - the Kakure Judo Club's 3-limb tie up is a lot of fun!
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