At Ikazuchi Dojo, we use grab releases in a variety of scenarios. Being able to quickly release a hold and disengage from an attacker is critical for success in the type of randori we practice at the dojo. We believe grab releases are a practical and valuable self-defense tool, as well.
A martial artist who has developed the ability to execute fluid and effective grab releases can expect the following advantages:
Although grab releases are an excellent tool, they are not right for every situation and do have inherent drawbacks. Here are some of the weaknesses we’ve discovered:
Ikazuchi Dojo uses many drills and practice methods to develop competency with grab releases. Following are a few ways we cultivate skill with the movement:
Here’s a short video of Josh Gold sharing a few technical details of these grab releases with one of Ikazuchi Dojo’s brown belts (2nd kyu). The full video with detailed instruction on a range of grab releases and a series of training drills is available on Ikazuchi Dojo Online, our new streaming video service.
We’d love to hear from you if you have any insights or experiences you’d like to share related to grab release techniques and tactics.