How To Do Opposing Thumb Grip

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Self Defense Hand Grip Position: Opposing Thumb Grip


The combatant uses the opposing thumb grip when an opponent may be able to attack their grip by peeling back the fighter’s fingers; As an example when their hands are positioned to the front of their opponent.

How To Do Opposing Thumb Grip
How To Do Opposing Thumb Grip

The combatant grasps their hands tightly together, with one thumb facing up and the other facing down. The combatant tucks both thumbs tightly.


DO NOT interlock fingers on this move. Interlock fingers could allow the opponent to break your fingers and/or escape the lock.


The combatant should position all fingers together, and use each hand as one unit.


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