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May 28, 2022,

This scene has played out in one fully competitive female submission wrestling video after another.

Saran has maneuvered herself to be on top of her opponent. Literally sitting on her stomach or chest while her opponent, underneath, is typically elongated.

Decisions, decisions. What should Sarah do next?

Roll her into a side body scissors?

Grab her head and try for a triangle choke?

Simply fall forward with her entire body weight and try and smother her?

Whatever decision Sarah makes, she will need to do something with her opponent’s arms, typically grabbed by the wrists, and immobilize them., photo credit

Easier said than done.

If you are in Sarah’s position, on top, and trying to decide, you need a strong hand grip to accomplish your goal.

There are many ways to strengthen your grip but one of the best ways is basic rope climbing.

Rope climbing is known to be a sure way to develop strong gripping abilities, as it helps build biceps and upper body strength.

Speaking of movies, you certainly have seen some exhilarating rope climbing there.

Here is one in particular.

Vertical Limit is a 2000 American survival thriller film directed by Martin Campbell, written by Robert King, and starring Chris O’Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney, and Scott Glenn.

Now before you judge, the film was released on December 8, 2000, in the United States by Columbia Pictures, and received mixed reviews.

It did receive the best reviews from a very important group.

The movie going audience.

Vertical Limit grossed $215 million at the box office.

That’s the best review of all, wouldn’t you agree?

Here is the storyline.

While climbing in Monument Valley, siblings Peter and Annie Garrett lose their father, Royce. After two falling climbers leave the family dangling, Royce forces Peter to cut him loose in order to save Peter and Annie.

Three years later, Peter has retired from climbing, but Annie has become a renowned climber. Their relationship is strained, as Annie still blames Peter for Royce’s death. Peter reunites with Annie at the K2 base camp, where Annie is planning a summit attempt on K2. The expedition is funded by wealthy industrialist Elliot Vaughn.

Now the fun rope climbing and danger is about to begin.

The master reviewers at share, “Vertical Limit introduces nitro into a situation where three climbers are trapped in an ice cave near the top of K2.”

Now after watching this film, if it doesn’t inspire your desire to at least do a little rope climbing, we’re not sure what will.

Our suggestion?

Start indoors first.

Rope climbing is a sport in which competitors attempt to climb up a suspended vertical rope using only their hands to climb. Strategically positioning the feet is important as well.


You might have envisioned rope climbing against a wall and using your feet too. That’s fine but first, you have to start somewhere that is a lot safer.

Pure rope climbing is different.

The reason you effectively strengthen your grip is because that is essentially all that you are using. Your hands to grip the rope and climb.

A good place to start learning how to climb a rope solo is your local gym. Check around.

They can help you get a grip and the next time you find yourself sitting on top of your opponent, wondering what your next more should be, grab her wrists and squeeze for control., Nomad_Soul-Shutterstock-photo-credit-Editorial-use-.

Then the submission options are up to you.

Ready to climb some rope?

Time for some helpful tips to get you started.

Home Martial Arts Dojo & Fitness Training Area – Ninja Style – Part Two – Adding a Rope to Your Gym,

By Rick Tew

Though it may not seem like a martial arts tactic, a climbing rope is (in my opinion) essential for any fitness gym. Climbing up a rope will develop your arms, back and abdominals. They are easy to set up, fun to climb and you can get very creative with them.

I had mine high in the tree wrapped around a strong branch. I originally used it with a grappling hook to practice throwing up in the tree and catching onto a large branch. I eventually left it there after one of my climbs. I remember when Eye on LA (an TV show) was shooting the video and I was about to climb the rope. I asked them how they would like me to climb it – with or without feet. They were perplexed, so I climbed it without feet and remember the bottom of the rope bouncing around near the camera. Lucky for me I was on the wrestling team where access to ropes was a daily part of our routine.

Yes, there is a pretty big difference when it comes to climbing a rope with or without your feet. The later being far more challenging. Both require some instruction and practice. Climbing the rope itself will develop the grip and strength needed to climb higher. However, you might want to use some grip training tools that you can practice with at the office or in front of the TV.

The bottom of the rope was about head height which was great as I could use it for other training too. For example I would hang any manner of fruit (lemons, oranges etc) and then cut them to pieces with my swords and even kama.

A rope is not only for vertical climbs. It is also a lot of fun if you tie them from tree to tree horizontally. Almost every camp we have organized that included an obstacle course has included both the horizontal and vertical climbing rope. If you have a lot of rope, you can get very creative and come up with something challenging and fun to play on.

The rope I used as a teenager was the brown hemp rope. Mine wasn’t very thick (about 1-2 inches) so I tied knots in it to make it easier to grip and if you are barefoot you can step on the knots. Note that when you put a knot in a rope you are making it weaker, so be sure to use a very strong rope. Now I only use very thick rope (like something you would find on a ship) that is about 3-5 inches thick. These offer an amazing grip.

Static climbing or rappelling rope can be used too, but often they are too skinny to grip, so knots are usually a must. Best if you can double (fold) this type of rope so there is more security and more to grip.

A general rule for a good climbing rope is to have whatever you are grabbing to be about at least (thicker is easier to climb) the same width as a pull up bar, but never larger than what the hand can grasp.

I recently set up another large rope (about 3 inches thick) at our camp in Thailand (it was previously used to anchor a large boat). Climbing this monster, I was reminded of how great of a workout you can get – especially on the upper abs.

Be sure to find a rope that inspires you to climb and swing like Tarzan. All the playing you do on a rope will pay off with biceps, back muscles, improved ab strength and an amazing grip to list a few.

DO NOT use nylon ropes or anything similar unless you want to burn the skin on your hands and feet if you tie them horizontally.

If you have a small target to kick or punch, I suggest that you hang these on the end of your rope, but leave the rope hanging about head height so you have to jump up to it and so you can swing on it. If you do hang a punching bag or something to strike to the bottom, be sure that it isn’t a lot of weight and that you have your rope securely connected to a tree or other anchor.

It is also important that you check the rope regularly to ensure that it is safely connected to the tree and not wearing down from weather or general wear and tear. Never have your ropes rubbing against or along another object or they will slowly be cut. Best to replace your ropes on a regular basis if you suspect anything to be wrong with your rope.

Connecting your rope will require some experience with knots unless you are using a different system. Either way, be sure to have an expert set up your gear or do your research so you ensure that you are playing it safe.

You could wear a climbing harness and connect yourself to a smaller climbing rope if you are going to be climbing high enough for it to be considered dangerous. Either way, use common sense and be prepared to take responsibility should you fail to play it safe.

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Rick Tew is an internationally acclaimed Sensei or teacher in the martial arts and founder of CMS – College of Martial Science and NinjaGym. He runs Live-In Short and Long term Martial Arts Training and Adventure Camps in California and Thailand.

Utilizing the martial arts as a gateway to excellence, he created his personal development programs. His courses are for everyone who wants to integrate mind, body, and spirit to access his or her true potential.

Rick Tew’s Winjitsu, The Mental Martial Art System for Success, has helped his students to overcome their fear and become successful in what they love and passionate about.

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NOTE: Very important, whenever you are engaging in a new exercise or sport for the first time, please consult with your physician first.