Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, No-Gi Submission Wrestling, and Wrestling are the grappling arts that we teach and practice at WNY MMA & Fitness. But, for those who are new, what is grappling? Read on to learn more, or sign up for a free intro class to learn from one of our coaches!
What is grappling?
In grappling, for self-defense and for sport, we work without weapons or striking to gain an advantage over our opponents. We use techniques such as takedowns, throws, sweeps, turnovers, or guard passing to gain a better position in relation to our opponent. In MMA, we add strikes into our grappling game.
When We Have the Advantage
From a dominant position, there are a variety of ways to submit the other person: chokes and joint locks are two of the most common ones. Sometimes, even if we have a position of advantage, we aren’t yet able to land a submission. In this case, we use techniques to control the other person’s posture and body in order to progress to a better position and get a submission.
If We Lose the Advantage
If our opponent gains some advantage over us, we have a huge variety of techniques at our disposal in order to (1) defend against any immediate threat, (2) escape the position that we are in, and (3) get ourselves into a position of advantage. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one of the grappling arts we teach, is one of the most effective approaches to self-defense. BJJ doesn’t require you to be bigger or stronger than your opponent to be successful.
Grappling for Self-defense and Sport
In addition to self-defense, there are significant sport and fitness opportunities with grappling. There are many local, national, and international grappling tournaments with Gi and No-Gi divisions. Many of us who train grappling at WNY Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness love to compete and are always willing to help new grapplers prepare for tournaments.
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