Grappling is the art of close combat, where two fight for a dominant position or hold to make the other give up and submit.
The two main disciplines for this are wrestling which takes place standing in a clinch where the goal is to throw or take down and brazilian jiu jitsu which takes over after on the ground where control position and submissions are applied. These close combat contact sports are great for self defence. You will get a workout without realising while you are focused learning lots of techniques.
Anyone can do it! The sport does not discriminate against how old someone is or their weight. There is an age division and a weight class for everyone!
Mental skills : One can learn how to overcome many obstacles and challenges that will make them mentally stronger and prepared to take on the world. Some of the skills one can acquire from wrestling include: self-reliance, self-confidence and self-discipline. A wrestler will also learn to develop sportsmanship and respect for their opponent.
Total Body Workout: A person works out their entire body all at once. The constant pushing and pulling motions work the entire upper body, and since many motions are in a squatted position, the legs get worked as well. Wrestling also requires a great deal of core strength for balance and short, explosive movements when trying to secure a takedown and a great deal of flexibility when fighting off an opponent’s takedown and turn attempts.
Cardiovascular: a grappler needs to be in excellent cardiovascular shape. During a practice and in matches, wrestlers use all of the major muscle groups in the body – making wrestling a great way to get physically fit.