About Grappling

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.

Increased Cardiovascular Endurance: The more a person wrestles, the more they develop both functional strength and cardiovascular endurance. Since grappling employs all of the major muscle groups in the body, the heart will have to pump blood to all these muscles at a fast rate. Lung capacity will also greatly increase due to having to make so many short, explosive movements and being in high intensity, non-stop action.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very complex martial art. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of manoeuvers (and counter-manoeuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique. Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard (a signature position of BJJ) position to defend oneself from being on his back on the ground (using both submissions and sweeps, with sweeps leading to the possibility of a dominant position or an opportunity to pass the guard), and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of manoeuvring and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when used by two experienced practitioners. A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate in the sport, reflecting a disadvantage which would be extremely difficult to overcome in a fight.

Sport BJJ focus on submissions without the use of strikes while training allows practitioners to practice at full speed and with full power, resembling the effort used in a real competition. Training methods include technique drills in which techniques are practiced against a non-resisting partner; isolation sparring, commonly referred to as positional drilling, where only a certain technique or sets of techniques are used, and full sparring in which each opponent tries to submit their opponent using any legal technique. Physical conditioning is also an important part of training.

One of the first differences you will notice after you begin training is how easy it is to lose weight and keep it off. Jiu jitsu works every muscle in your body so you will notice a difference almost immediately. And the best part is that you will not even notice how hard you are working! One of the most difficult aspects of training for weight-loss is that too easily we focus on how much time we are on the treadmill or how many calories we have burned. But with Brazilian jiu jitsu, your mind is focused on technique and facing off against your partner instead of staring at a blinking screen of information. In fact, many of the top athletes in the sport actually came to jiu jitsu as a way to lose weight and then discovered a deep love for the sport and made a career out of it.

It may sound counter-intuitive that working out intensively will make you feel more energized than not, but it is true. According to science, watching television or checking social media, while seemingly very passive activities, are actually not relaxing at all. In fact, doing a sport or other physical activity not only relieves stress but is re-energizing. That is why most academies offer early morning classes – professionals find they are better prepared for a long day after having a good workout in the morning. It is common practice among successful people to start the day with a vigorous workout. Students benefit tremendously as well since physical activity actually aids in studying and helps students to focus more and learn better. So take a break from the books and from the desk and find your way to the mat. You’ll find that you will actually have more energy than if you had not trained!

The best part of training in Brazilian jiu jitsu is how much fun the martial art is! There are numerous pictures of people 70, 80, 90 years old that still come in to train. BJJ is a sport you can continue to train in throughout life and many people, even though they never compete, continue to show up to train because of how happy it makes them. Walk into any academy and ask a random person why they train, and they will tell you how addictive and fun the sport is. There is a quality to jiu jitsu that keeps people coming back. It is a mix of the effectiveness of the martial art and the culture of BJJ that creates the perfect atmosphere to learn and improve yourself