Sunday, 17 May 2009

Ground Grappling Basic Pointers

For beginners first starting ground grappling, it can be very exciting. As soon as there first lesson is under way they rush to learn as many submission holds as possible, thinking that the more they know, the better they shall be. The truth is that grappling is very much an art form, and what makes it an art form is that there is more to it than just submission holds.

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Below are four tips that beginners should bear in mind and try and focus on when starting there grappling training. Not only will it improve there game it will also make them become aware of body mechanics, and the best ways one can control there opponent in order to apply submissions.

Control your opponent with every part of your body – In life, we are used to using our hands to do everything from holding things, moving things, controlling things etc. When grappling, you must learn to control your opponent with your whole body and not just your hands. Use you legs to keep your opponent from getting close to you, stop your opponent moving by weighing them down with your hips when on top, break holds and apply submissions by using leverage created from tight body positioning etc.

Keep your hips moving – When fighting from your back, one must learn to move there hips from underneath there opponent in order to create space to move away, apply submissions or transition into a dominant position. Using your strength to push or pull your opponent will not last for long, if at all.

Move on the balls of your feet
– Beginner grapplers quickly learn that brute strength will not get them far and that good hip movement is one of the most important parts of ground fighting. However, good movement on the balls of ones feet is also vital in order to move around the opponent when on top. From side control for instance, it is good light movements on the balls of ones feet that will enable one to control and move around there opponent in order to keep a good dominant position on top of them.

Transition and position always before submission
– It takes 5 seconds for one to learn how to perform a submission. How to apply one however, in live sparring, against a struggling opponent, takes many hours of practise and the only way one is able to apply submissions is by gaining good transitional skills and a high understanding of positions for the application of submission holds. This is very important and for beginners, this should occupy there attention the most is possible when learning ground grappling.

By bearing these points in mind, beginner grapplers will quickly lean that ground fighting is a step by step process rather than a match of strength or a test to see who can apply a submission hold first. If beginners bear these points in mind when starting training they shall quickly come to grips with ground grappling and shall excel in the art.


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Anonymous said...

I very much like the idea of transitioning between holds before going for a submission: I used to be way too focused on submissions from one position and I got countered all the time. If you stay moving and keep annoying your opponent by pressing down on them you'll get two results: 1) they'll have difficulty escaping since they have to process new information all the time and 2) inevitably they'll leave openings which you can exploit to get a submission in. Like in stand-up fighting the technique you didn't see coming is the one that is going to nail you. For self-defense constant transitioning between holds while continually striking vital points will give you the upper hand over stronger and bigger opponents: it'll weaken them enough to either give you the chance to stand up again (safely) or to get a submission and end the fight (breaking limbs or choking him out).

Groundfighting is quite difficult and techniques need to be trained thoroughly before they become useful against a resisting opponent. Staying relaxed and using your whole body to control him is sound advice, the rest is getting enough reps in on individual techniques and practicing them in sparring.

Good post,


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