Grappling

Grappling



Grappling and Techniques



Grappling is a generic term for a hand-to-hand fighting system comprised of Judo and Jiu-Jitsu moves for self-defense as well as formal competition. Judo was simplified and developed from the ancient mother art of Jiu-Jitsu in the late nineteenth century by Dr.Jigoro Kano in Japan.


Techniques



The techniques involve throwing, tripping and sweeping the opponent to the floor. From here, ground-fighting attacks consisting of chokes and joint locks are used to force the opponents into submission for control, or inducing unconsciousness. Students are first taught how to fall down using the gymnastic movements of back falls, cartwheels and shoulder rolls. Once learning the identical principles of falling and throwing, the next step is to toss the partner over your shoulder onto a specially designed super-cushion.


Most traditional techniques require grasping the opponent’s uniform for better control. It places equal emphasis on manipulating the limbs and head without relying on opponents wearing anything strong enough to grab. It is being preferred to anticipate worst-case scenarios, and believe that this is a more valuable concept for actual street combat.



Self-Defense



Grappling is the ideal form of self-defense because it works of a natural human reaction to grab when attacked. Even highly skilled boxers are trained to punch, when they get into trouble, reach out and grab their opponent, going into a clinch, and they are eventually separated physically by the referee. In grappling, students are simply taught exactly where to grab for the best leverage to control the attacker.


Grappling skills are even more effective for women. When they’re attacked, it’s usually by someone grabbing and holding them, as opposed to squaring off to box before being raped or mugged. Physical size is not as significant as one might think and it is amazing how effective using the opponent’s force against them can be. If a female student, who practiced grappling regularly, was grabbed against her will, it’s likely she would be able to force her attacker into submission with at least a broken arm.



Workouts



Workouts and general skill development are divided into two categories, standing and ground techniques (tachi waza and ne waza) with more emphasis on the latter. Classes begin with strong warm ups and Yoga style stretching. The next hour is comprised of falling exercises, ground fighting drills and technique practice with a partner. The final half hour is reserved for Randori (freepractice). This is where students pair up to fight five, five minute rounds, with a 90 second break in between.


New students are always welcome and encouraged to advance at a comfortable pace. Although you don’t need to be in shape to begin training, in a short period of time, you’ll be in the best physical condition of your life. Emphasis is on technique, endurance and flexibility rather than strength and weight.


last but not least, Training gives you a self-confidence, better physical performance, builds up your body and straighten up your posture. This leads to disarming opponent even before a fight starts.


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