Dear all, Over the last year or two, I have been spending less and less time in the dojo environment (difficulty finding places worth training at...), and more and more time just going full-contact with training partners, whoever they may be/whatever styles they come from etc. . One thing that I have noticed, is that the more these matches resemble mma-style bouts, the more difficult it is to secure the initial grab on the opponent (be it wrist/leg/head etc. etc.) that so much of our karate makes use of (be it through hikite or otherwise). The only way I have found that I can make it work consistantly in these environments is to effectively completely refuse to fully engage/close distance until the opponenent is frustrated enough to leave an arm hanging out/attempt a sloppy kick or something of the sort. As a result, I suppose my question is whether anyone has found ways of imposing the limb control/initial grabs that we depend upon with our more self-defence orientated karate, in combat sport type environments, with particular effectiveness. A.