“Gable Grip” is a technique commonly used in Mixed Martial Arts, wrestling, judo, jujitsu, and other grappling sports. This maneuver involves clasping both palms with both thumbs on either side of the hands instead of intertwining them.
Who Created the Gable Grip?
This technique is named after Dan Gable, a prominent wrestling coach and former wrestler from Iowa. Dan Gable is one of the greatest freestyle and folkstyle wrestlers ever to live.
Gable is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time and has been an NCAA Division I national champion twice. He is also a world gold medalist and an Olympic gold medalist.
He is also the third wrestler to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Legend category of the United World Wrestling. Gable is also a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee, given to him on December 8, 2020.
How Did Gable Grip Come to Be?
Dan Gable, the originator of the grappling technique, was a master freestyle wrestler. He was widely known in the wrestling and even mixed martial arts world for his incredible gripping ability.
It was as though once he does the gable grip on you, the match is just about to be over. People respect his amazing ability to lock his opponents with his grip enough that they renamed it the “Gable grip”.
Gable Grip in MMA
MMA is entirely different from any other grappling sport. In MMA contests, you can meet people with varying martial arts techniques and skills that are incredibly hard to counter.
However, that is the nature of MMA and what makes this combat sport so engaging. One of those techniques that most MMA combatants perform is the Gable grip, a maneuver that wrestlers and jujitsu practitioners commonly perform.
How to Lock On Your Gable Grip
- The first step is to connect thethumbs and fingers. When all yourfingers are connected, your gripbecomes much stronger.
- The next step of the Gable grip isthe palm to palm grip of all yourfive fingers. Lock your grip on byputting one hand on top of theother.
- The last step is to bring in yourelbows to remove free space whileyou squeeze your hand with your bodyto apply maximum pressure.