This section on "Grips" will focus mainly on gripping instead of grips/handles but obviously the two are related.

  1. The grip is the handle part of a weapon. The part of a weapon that is grasped by the hand or hands. For the sake of more precise language, I will try to use the word "handle" instead of this meaning of "grip" since it is a perfectly good  synonym. Clearly the length of the handle is key to whether a weapon is "single handed", "hand-and-a-half", or "two handed". In fact, the length of the handle is more often used to determine the "handedness" of a sword than the length of the blade. The main portion of a handle is made of materials such as wood, bone, horn, or ivory. Most handles have shapes, coverings, or textures that are decorative as well as increase the ease of gripping. EGs: engravings, grooves, wire wrapping, and cording wrapping.
  2. How to grip the handle of a weapon. This will include a study of the range of the human hand, esp. the wrist, palm, and fingers. Studying grips is important because a better weapon can be designed by studying how humans grip things. Conversely a person can take better advantage of a weapon by gripping it properly and changing the grip as needed.

There is also the aspect of how to grip your opponent but that shall be covered elsewhere.

Here are several distinctive features of grips:

Just for fun, here are some notes on tennis grips [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sportacademy/hi/sa/tennis/skills/newsid_2054000/2054323.stm].

  • All these grips are close to the end of the racket for greater range.
  • Basic forehand, eastern grip, or hand shake grip. The handle sits on the main palm.
    • Advanced forehand, semi-western grip. The handle sits on the knuckle part of the palm.
  • One-handed backhand. The handle is rotated 90 degrees into the palm.
    • Two-handed backhand.
  • Chopper grip. For servers, volleys, sliced backhands, and smashes. The handle is rotated only slightly into the palm

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