The sole legal grapple in boxing, in which one fighter embraces the other, pinning his arms in a position where he can  no longer freely attack.  Although typically a defensive, last-resort measure in boxing -since it prevents either fighter from attacking effectively, and thus only buys time for the clinching fighter to recover until the referee forces the opponents apart- masters and disciples of the art have such great strength that they can use it offensively, taking away their opponent's ability to attack before delivering a crippling blow to the body, even in spite of the limited space.  In the manga, Takeda steps in closer into the opponent and performs a clinch to stop the opponent from attacking. Takeda mentions that he normally never uses a technique like this in an actual fight, and only used this one technique because it was turned into a special offensive technique by his master James Shiba.

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