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How To Open Up A Collar Tie With Jimmy Sheptock

How To Open Up A Collar Tie With Jimmy Sheptock

The collar tie is probably the most basic tie/system of control in pretty much any combat sport. Wrestlers of all disciplines learn it, Muay Thai practitioners learn it, Jiu-Jitsu players learn it. The collar tie is so simple and so effective that it should pretty much be a standard technique taught by every martial art. 

Since the collar tie is so effective, a lot of wrestlers have built their game around it and have become very effective. This is why if you want to shut down a person's game, you shouldn’t focus on the various takedowns they are going for, you should focus on the way they are getting to and setting up those techniques.

In this case we are going to focus on the single collar tie. If your opponent has built their game off of getting a collar tie, well then you better be able to break away from it or else you’re going to be in for a rough time. 

That’s why we’ve brought in a top D1 coach to show you how to shut down a collar tie. 

In this video, Jimmy Sheptock goes over how you can pry open your opponent’s collar tie to break it entirely. 

Who Is Jimmy Sheptock?

Jimmy Sheptock is an American Wrestler who competed for the University of Maryland. There he earned NCAA All-American status twice and became a national finalist. He also became a Junior National Champion while competing in highschool. Now Jimmy is a D1 Coach helping to train wrestlers competing for Harvard University. 

Breaking Open The Collar Tie 


The video starts off with coach Jimmy saying that the first thing that you want to do when your opponent gets a collar tie on you is that you want to create some space. You’re not going to be able to just pull your head back or break the tie if your opponent is good. To create more space you’re going to need to step away from the collar tie to the opposite side that it is on. 

This will loosen the grip that your opponent has on the tie, which makes it easier to open. This will also force your opponent to extend their arm, which is counterproductive for them as they want to bend their elbow and then pull that bent elbow to the floor. 

After side stepping, you are going to get your arm that is on the same side as the collar tie and you're going to swim it inside the collar tie to get an inside tie. Now that there is space getting that arm in should be a lot easier. This should not only break your opponent’s grip but also get you a nice control to work off of.  

Learn More From Jimmy Sheptock

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