Help! he's grabbing my tip!
I hope that title grabbed some attention. I have a question about breaking a specific grip while stick sparring.
Here's a little background; I've started showing a friend some FMA and started sparring with him recently. I also train with a local FMA group (who I recently joined after moving) which I really enjoy but they don't pad up and spar or at least haven't yet. I've been working with a friend who lives close to my new residence for about a month showing him the basics of my system and we've been sparring the last couple of training sessions and he loves it. We pad up with fencing masks, lacrosse gloves, and elbow pads, use smaller diameter rattan sticks, and keep a controlled tempo id say 40-50% power to keep my newb student in a learning state of mind rather than an "oh ****" state of mind.
The question; my sparring partner is a newb so he has some unorthodox tendencies that can present a challenge. When I spar an experienced guy if they grip my weapon they usually control the hand or grab the stick near the hand never just clinging on to the tip. However, in a close quarter scramble this guy has grabbed my tip on multiple occasions. The immediate answer I see to my question is to not leave my weapon where the opponent can grab the tip. I've heard the same advice in BJJ when I ask how to escape any number of precarious near submissions but there's always a last ditch option.
So what do you do when a guy grabs your tip? In the heat of the sparring match my solution was to check the opponents weapon hand (with my free hand) until I could get a grip on his weapon. After grabbing his weapon I was able to use my right leg (closest to my weapon which was tightly grasped at the tip) to push/force his grip off my weapon. This technique worked more than once but I only see it as practical if you can first secure the opponents weapon. I'll add that although I'm fairly limber my stick is at about waist level and the same leg I use to free my stick I'm in the process of rehabbing from a patella fracture last september, therefore the move isn't too physically demanding.
My technique is basically done quickly from a mexican standoff position where I have the opponents weapon hand (secured close to the hand) and he has my tip. I still am giving up balance to use the leg but hey it works. If his grip were closer to my hand i'd go for a number of quick "pops" to lift his hand from my weapon (which normally works) or go into an arm control situation. But because I have one end of my stick w/ added punyo and the opponent has the other end there is some distance (stick is 26 or so inches) and room for the opponent to adjust. I'll add that my opponent has weight and height on me too.