Which Of The Grappling Arts Estes The Best?
In my opinion they are all great at what they do and the best thing to do is to get experience in each art and not be closed minded to other systems/styles. That being said there is NO question that all grapplers and MMA fans out there own the Gracie’s their due because they are the ones that are responsible for creating the current grappling rage and the UFC. That being said; it is also true that Catch Wrestling had NHB events going on as early as the 1900’s but their events we eventually hijacked by the WWE type of entertainment grappling and lost popularity.
To keep it simple I will keep this discussion to the most popular and well know grappling arts. Each art naturally claims that their art is the latest and greatest (The Gracie’s come to mind.) and that there is no need to ever train in the other arts. That sounds fine and dandy but the truth is that they all have their strengths and weaknesses. I could write a book on each art but this is a blog so I am purposefully keeping it brief.
BJJ = Developed the guard position. They fight from their backs very well and very technical submissions. This is the most popular art of all the grappling arts these days. Amazing with the gi.
Catch Wrestling (Shoot Wrestling) = They fight on top very well with brutal submissions/hooks. Of all of the grappling arts they guys tend to be the most brutal and it translates to MMA very well.
Freestyle Wrestling = Fantastic takedowns and considered the best base art. Prior to the rise of BJJ this was the most popular grappling art. Sadly, the Olympics just removed wrestling from it’s list of events last week regardless of it’s strong fan base and deep history. This was also my first art that I trained in.
Judo = Throws throws and more throws. Did I mention throws? O yeah I almost forgot a small little detail. BJJ came from Judo so maybe we all owe Judo as must respect as we do BJJ? Just a thought folks!
Sambo = Amazing leg locks/foot locks. Watch your feet with these guys! Sadly there is not very many legit Sambo schools here in the USA. More popular in Europe & Russia.
In UFC 1 the Gracie’s shocked the world with BJJ and now that all grappling arts are benefiting from that success there is a huge amount if grapplers that are training in all of the above mentioned grappling arts. This is nothing short of a great thing and it will be very interesting to see what the synthesis of all of the grappling arts produces. I enjoy all of the above arts and I am not closed minded Kool Aid drinker that thinks that one art has all the answers. If you want to be a good grappler CROSS TRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope that you enjoyed my blog this week and feel free to respond
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