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!
The omoplata is a versatile submission that can be used to finish a fight or simply to regain position and turn the tides of a match. It can be used as an attack or a counterattack. In the following videos, Professor Brian Ruscio demonstrates a few of the options that the Omoplata offers. There are many more options and we will explore those in the future. Remember to subscribe to our Youtube channel so you get to be the first to see our newest technique videos.
Here is the Crossbow Choke or Bow & Arrow using your shin. It can be applied when the opponent turns away from you and is simply protecting themselves and waiting to catch you in a half guard when you try to mount. Higher Belts like to turn away and simply defend or wait for you to mount when in side control. Try this Bow and Arrow choke as an alternate to simply trying to mount them.
The Indian Deathlock is a Catch Wrestling Submission that can be set up from man positions. Here, Professor Brian Ruscio demonstrates a setup for this painful submission from a Reverse Half Guard position gained from passing the De La Riva Guard. Also in this video is a way to switch from Reverse Half Guard to the Mount Position.
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!
Jeff Glover is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt with wins over 7-time World BJJ Black Belt Champion, Caio Terra and a submission win over 6-time BJJ Black Belt World Champion, Robson Moura at the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. Jeff Glover is known for his unique and often humorous grappling style and personality. Jeff performed a seminar in Orlando, Florida and Professor Brian Ruscio had the opportunity to attend.
The seminar began with Jeff Glover introducing himself in an expectedly humorous way. He had two major things to point out before he began showing some great techniques and strategies.
The techniques taught were based on the Deep Half Guard, the Guillotine Choke, and the Triangle Choke.
Deep Half Guard:
We will be reviewing the techniques demonstrated over the next couple weeks here at Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA.
There are some Fundamental BJJ Drills that every practitioner should know. The Armbar, Triangle, Omoplata transitions are vital to know. This BJJ Drill will help you transition between the 3 most common submissions from the guard with ease. This drill should be practiced whenever possible to build the muscle memory and technical proficiency needed to catch even the highest level opponents. Stay tuned for future posts containing other effective BJJ Drills.
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Butterfly Guard is an effective position in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. There are many ways to set up sweeps and submissions from this guard. It has it’s weakness, however if mastered or used as a transitional guard position, it can be a dangerous addition to your game increasing your sweeps and submissions.
Some Key Points in Butterfly Guard:
Professor Brian Ruscio demonstrates a Counter to the Guillotine when your arm is free. A neck-only guillotine choke is a dangerous submission that finishes opponents quickly. It is popular in the UFC and other MMA events. Due to this fact, it is also a popular hold with in street fights with individuals who may not know any martial arts. This counter will be effective for MMA, BJJ, or Self Defense for this reason.
Vital Keys to the Technique:
Remember! Our first defense should be to never hang our head. If caught, we should pass the guard immediately. If these aren’t viable options, then this technique will serve as an effective defense or counter, possibly submitting your opponent.
Note: A similar technique known as the “Von Flue Choke” can performed from side control.
Techniques are for demonstration purposes only and should not be performed without a professional instructor present.