Grappling hold

A grappling hold, commonly referred to simply as a hold and in Japanese referred to as katame-waza (固め技 "grappling technique"), is any specific grappling, wrestling, judo or other martial arts grip that is applied to an opponent. Holds are principally used to control the opponent, and to advance in points or positioning. Holds may be categorized by their function such as clinching, pinning or submission, while others can be classified by their anatomical effect: chokehold, joint-lock or compression lock.[1]

Grappling hold

Clinch holdEdit

A clinch hold (also known as a clinching hold) is a grappling hold which is used in clinch fighting with the purpose of controlling the opponent. In wrestling it is referred to as the tie-up. The use of a clinch hold results in the clinch. Clinch holds can be used to close in on the opponent, as a precursor to a takedown or throw, or to prevent the opponent from moving away or striking effectively. Typical clinch holds include:

Two soldiers doing the "69" position.

Pinning holdEdit

A pinning hold (also known as a hold down and in Japanese as osaekomi-waza, 抑え込み技, "pinning technique") is a general grappling hold used in ground fighting which is aimed to subdue by exerting superior control over an opponent and pinning the opponent to the ground. Pinning holds where both the opponent's shoulders touch the ground are considered winning conditions in several combat sports.

An effective pinning hold is a winning condition in many styles of wrestling, and is known as simply a "pin". Pinning holds maintained for 20 seconds are also a winning condition in Judo. Pinning holds are also used in submission wrestling and mixed martial arts, even though the pinning hold itself is not a winning condition. The holds can be used to rest while the opponent tries to escape, to control the opponent while striking, a tactic known as ground and pound, or to control an opponent from striking by pinning them to the ground, also known as lay and pray.

Submission holdEdit

In combat sports a submission hold (colloquially referred to as a "submission") is a grappling hold which is applied with the purpose of forcing an opponent to submit out of either extreme pain or fear of injury. Submission holds are used primarily in ground fighting and can be separated into constrictions (chokeholds, compression locks, suffocation locks) and manipulations (joint locks, leverages, pain compliance holds). When used, these techniques may cause dislocation, torn ligaments, bone fractures, unconsciousness or even death.

Common combat sports featuring submission holds are:

List of grappling holdsEdit

The same hold may be called by different names in different arts or countries. Some of the more common names for grappling holds in contemporary English include:

Joint locksEdit

Joint lock: Any stabilization of one or more joints at their normal extreme range of motion.


Armlock: A general term for joint locks at the elbow or shoulder.


Leglock: A general term for joint locks at the hip, knee or ankle.

Chokeholds and stranglesEdit

Clinch holdsEdit

Compression locksEdit

Pain complianceEdit

  • Chin lock: An arm hold on the chin that hurts the chin.

Pinning holdEdit

  • Cradle: Compress opponent in a sit-up position to pin shoulders from side mount.
  • Staple: Using the opponent's clothing to help pin them against a surface.


  • Grapevine: twisting limbs around limbs in a manner similar to a plant vine.
  • Harness: A hold which encircles the torso of an opponent, sometimes diagonally.
  • Headlock: Circling the opponent's head with an arm, especially from the side. Also called a rear Chancery.
  • Hooks: Wrapping the arm or leg around an opponent's limb(s) for greater control.
  • Leg scissors: Causes compressive asphyxia by pressing the chest or abdomen.
  • Scissor: places the opponent between the athlete's legs (like paper to be cut by scissors).
  • Stack: Compress opponent in vertical sit-up position (feet up) to pin their shoulders to mat.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ cameramen, Photographers, WWE (2016-05-03), English: Gory special, retrieved 2016-05-21
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique by Renzo Gracie and Royler Gracie (2001). ISBN 1-931229-08-2
  • Championship Wrestling, Revised Edition. (Annapolis MD: United States Naval Institute, 1950).
  • No Holds Barred Fighting: The Ultimate Guide to Submission Wrestling by Mark Hatmaker with Doug Werner. ISBN 1-884654-17-7
  • Small-Circle Jujitsu by Wally Jay. (Burbank CA: Ohara Publications, 1989).

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