I have a hard time writing this post because I love Wrestling. The truth is though, wrestling doesn’t have submissions. Combining Wrestling with BJJ is the best combination for Grappling and Self Defense. Add in Great Muay Thai Kickboxing and you have a lethal combination for MMA. That being said submitting a wrestler can be hard. They have a good understanding of balance, body mechanics and have a good base. They are fast, athletic, and aggressive. Every fight starts standing and they are masters of takedowns and takedown defense.
To better understand wrestlers, I believe you need to actually learn wrestling. The same can be said about beating a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu artist. It’s been said, “The only thing that beats Jiu Jitsu, is Jiu Jitsu.” I believe to beat any martial art, you should have some understanding of that martial art and it’s strategies and intentions. That being said, the debate of which martial art is best is an invalid argument no matter which side you are on. I love BJJ, Wrestling, and Muay Thai equally. I think they all offer something the others don’t. BJJ for submissions; wrestling for takedowns, defense, and scrambles; and Muay Thai for the awesome striking that it offers.
So just for fun. Let’s look at a couple ways to submit someone when they try to go for a single leg takedown!