An underhook is a clinch hold that is used in grappling to control the opponent. It is performed from any direction by putting an arm under the opponent’s arm, and holding the opponent’s midsection or upper body. Having an underhook with one arm is called a single underhook, while having underhooks with both arms is known as double underhooks. The typical response to an underhook is to try to break it, or to establish an overhook.
The underhook is a non-negotiable tool in your Jiu-Jitsu arsenal.
And not just when it comes to BJJ itself; but also when you’re going against wrestlers and their takedown entries.
For example, here’s how to use the underhook against something like a Double Leg shot.
Firas Zahabi demonstrates on the video below:
Attack Both Sides Of The Body For Takedowns With This Total Underhook Wrestling Gameplan!
- Attack left and right for takedowns from the underhook, one of the strongest tie-ups in wrestling.
- Dan Vallimont shows his technique for getting to the underhook and using it to set up crisp takedowns.