Have you ever noticed that nearly half of the time spent in boxing matches involve the referee separating the fighters from the clinch? Today we’ll talk about why the clinch is so common and why it is so critical for officers.
So, what is the clinch?
Think of it as the point in which you’ve seized hold of a person’s head, body or limbs in an effort to control or restrict movement.
Can you see how getting good at this type of stuff might be helpful for law enforcement? Well in case you can’t, in today’s tip I’ll give you 3 advantages of the clinch, 3 disadvantages, and why these advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
Advantages of the Clinch
Clinch positions also comes with their disadvantages.
Disadvantages of the Clinch
While these are legitimate concerns, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Why? Because circumstances dictate tactics. With a position as common as the clinch, it is much better to know it and not need it, than to need it and not know it.
You want to be in control of where and how the fight goes. The only way to accomplish this is to be well trained in this range of combat. Becoming proficient in these positions will allow you to disengage if necessary to protect your weapons or address multiple subjects, and use proper angles and technique to account for any strength deficits. Without this knowledge and understanding, you are a fish out of water.
For the purposes of clinch range, I would recommend Greco-Roman wrestling or Judo. Greco is great for directly controlling the body and Judo is great for using a subject’s clothing to control the body. Although both arts, along with many others, are transferable to any close quarters situations.
I live in Illinois, and out here we experience really hot summers and freezing cold winters. With that, I adjust my training accordingly. In the summer months, I like to focus on drills, techniques, and controls that do not rely on clothing. In the winter months, I like to practice using clothing as a weapon for gaining control, taking the opponent down and submitting them.
So, your mission, if you choose to accept it, is as follows:
Step 1: Go find a good Greco-Roman wrestling coach or a good Judo practitioner (preferably one who has police experience), and learn some basics. Or if you are a coach or instructor, find a cop and teach them!
Step 2: Work various clinch drills at a low intensity. Then, when are more comfortable, practice live rounds at a low to moderate intensity against a resisting training partner. Practice working for superior position AND disengaging from the clinch. This type of consistent training is what will get you comfortable and proficient in this range.
Step 3: Let me know how it goes!
Be safe and go train!