Grappling is a style of fighting that does not involve punches, kicks, or any other type of striking. Some Martial Arts that use Grappling Techniques are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, and Sambo. Some striking arts have grappling elements such as Muay Thai and Sanshou or Sanda.
Grappling specializes in Throws, Takedowns, Controlling your Opponent, Dominant Positioning, Sweeps, Joint Locks, Chokes, and other Submissions. Some Grappling Styles use a Gi, or Kimono, while others do not.
In the early days of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships) Grappling was introduced as a formidable style of fighting when Royce Gracie and the Gracie Family fought in a No Holds Barred tournament to show which styles came out on top. Royce beat most opponents without throwing a single punch and used a lackluster front kick only to distract people from his attempt to clinch for a takedown. His biggest rivalries were against Ken Shamrock, a submission fighter and Dan Severn, a Greco-Roman Wrestler. He also had a notable fight against Kimo Leopoldo, in which Kimo was credited as a Taekwondo Black Belt, though he also wrestled growing up.
Other UFC, King of the Cage, and Pride FC matches proved over and over that Grappling Arts were superior to the striking arts. Not until later, when strikers started to learn techniques from Grappling and how to counter them, did they start to overcome the grapplers. In response, Grapplers started to learn how to strike and combined it with Grappling. This was the evolution of mixed martial arts we see today. Many fights now come down to who the better athlete was, not which martial art is superior. This is because the athletes are both familiar with striking and grappling. Grappling remains a vital part of every MMA fighter’s training regimen.
At Grappling Mastery we specialize in the Grappling Arts. Professor Brian Ruscio is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and has been Wrestling since 5 years of age. He also has extensive knowledge of Judo and Sambo techniques. Grappling Mastery also offers Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes to compliment our Grappling Techniques. Muay Thai Coach Mike Sgroi and Professor Brian Ruscio both have a history of training MMA Fighters, both amateur and professional, some even appearing on TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) and UFC.
Come try a FREE Class at Grappling Mastery to see what Grappling is all about. We have a great group of people waiting to help you!