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Grappling

Traditionally, grappling was always synonymous with the combative sport of wrestling. Back then, wrestlers were called grapplers and grapplers were called wrestlers. During traditional grappling competitions, two unarmed opponents engaged in a hand-to-hand struggle, and the goal was to throw your opponent to the ground and gain control over him. These competitions separated themselves from boxing arts by disallowing strikes.

Nowadays, most use the word “grappling” to describe techniques that use holds and leverage, such as clinches, escapes, pins and controlling skills, sweeps, submission holds, reversals, takedowns, throws and turnovers. However, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles considers grappling a wrestling style (aka submission grappling or submission wrestling).

Although many combative sports and martial arts use grappling techniques in conjunction with body strikes, combative arts like Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo and submission wrestling are pure grappling arts that do not allow striking.

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  1. Gokor Chivichyan Grappling Video: Options for Kneebars and Heel Hooks

    Gokor Chivichyan Grappling Video: Options for Kneebars and Heel Hooks

    Grappling, judo and MMA-training legend Gokor Chivichyan shows you kneebar and heel-hook options for defeating an opponent in this exclusive video shot at the Hayastan MMA Academy!
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  2. Gene LeBell on Training, Weaknesses, Workouts and Respect

    Gene LeBell on Training, Weaknesses, Workouts and Respect

    Find out what “Judo” Gene LeBell — the man who Ken Shamrock said was so tough you’d basically have to cheat in order to beat him — has to say about shortcuts to success. (Hint: There are none.)
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  3. Strengths and Weaknesses of 5 Popular Grappling Arts

    Strengths and Weaknesses of 5 Popular Grappling Arts

    Part of being a complete martial artist is knowing how practitioners of other styles think and fight. This article will provide an introduction to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, sambo, shootfighting and wrestling — and clue you in as to how you might defeat people who do them.
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  4. In Search of Grappling’s Roots in India, Part 2

    In Search of Grappling’s Roots in India, Part 2

    The following is a continuation of Joji Montelibano’s journey In Search of Grappling’s Roots in India, Part 1.

    Practice
    At 3 o’clock the next afternoon, Punesh Urs and Shankar Charavarthy showed up at our door on two motorcycles and gave us a lift to the gushti shala (wrestling school). It was a
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  5. In Search of Grappling’s Roots in India, Part 1

    In Search of Grappling’s Roots in India, Part 1

    The cauliflower ears caught our attention. It was April 1998 in the city of Mysore in Southern India. Phil Migliarese, a jiu-jitsu black belt under Relson Gracie, and I were sitting on the fence bordering the Mysore central market, taking a rest from the oppressive heat. Having been in India
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  6. New Jean Jacques Machado Grappling DVDs Coming Soon! Set Will Feature Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed-Martial Arts Techniques!

    New Jean Jacques Machado Grappling DVDs Coming Soon! Set Will Feature Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed-Martial Arts Techniques!

    Based on their acclaimed best-selling book of the same name, Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos’ highly anticipated three-DVD set, The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques, serves as a martial arts multimedia companion wherein the two Brazilian jiu-jitsu masters demonstrate takedowns, chokes, holds and submissions in living color and
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  7. Gracie Immersion Camp Offers Martial Artists Crash Course in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

    Gracie Immersion Camp Offers Martial Artists Crash Course in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

    Martial artists looking to take a crash course in Brazilian jiu-jitsu need not look any further. The world’s most famous grappling family will host the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Immersion Camp 2012 from May 17 to May 20, 2011, in Destin, Florida.

    Each day starts with mat time during which the instructors will
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  8. Learn 3 Grappling Techniques From UFC Star Chael Sonnen

    Learn 3 Grappling Techniques From UFC Star Chael Sonnen

    Chael Sonnen isn’t your typical politician. For one, he actually answered our questions. But more important, the All-American wrestler from Oregon taught us some of the best tricks from his playbook.

    Despite his reputation as one of the UFC’s loudest stars, he doesn’t have a bad word to say about
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  9. 5 Essential Principles for Earning Your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt: Be Giving

    5 Essential Principles for Earning Your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt: Be Giving

    I remember when I was still a relatively new white belt I entered an in-house tournament at the academy. I got absolutely crushed: two matches, two losses — both by submission. Even though I was down on myself, I kept pushing forward.

    Months later, I was finishing up a training session
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  10. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Jean Jacques Machado Shows You Two Finishes From the Mount in New BJJ Video!

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Jean Jacques Machado Shows You Two Finishes From the Mount in New BJJ Video!

    In this exclusive martial arts video filmed at Black Belt, former national and international grappling tournament champion and author of the best-selling The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 1: Gi and No-Gi Techniques and The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense shows you two effective finishes from the mount.

    Jean Jacques Machado’s
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