Submission Grappling

Submission Grappling

Martial arts include many different combat methods. Grappling is one of these forms of fighting, which is present in most martial arts. Grappling is a term used to describe a situation in which one fighter grips their opponent instead of striking the opponent. To put it simply, wrestling includes grappling while kickboxing does not include it.

Submission grappling is usually associated with ground fighting. This type of grappling includes not just the art of grappling, but also the use of submission holds like chokes and joint locks. Joint locks may come in different forms like leglocks and armlocks. For example, a simple armbar submission includes an extension of the elbow joint. Chokes are typically blood chokes which mean that the practitioner constricts the carotid arteries located in the opponent’s neck, thus blocking blood flow to this area, ultimately resulting in the opponent’s unconsciousness.


Those interested in taking submission grappling classes should know that there are two different kinds of classes – gi and no-gi. In gi grappling, participants may grab their opponent’s gi (a gi is a garment similar to training clothes used in Judo) and their own gi and use it for the performance of a variety of techniques. When practicing no-gi grappling, participants wear shorts and a shirt so using the opponents clothing garments is impossible.

Submission grappling and grappling is used in many different sports and martial arts including judo, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Japanese Jiu Jitsu, aikido, sambo and of course mixed martial arts (MMA).

When it comes to submission grappling as part of MMA classes, the focus is placed on the utilization of position control on the floor in order to secure chokes and joint locks. This is quite a challenging activity, since it  relies on body mechanics, leverage, technique and balance.

The classes are almost entirely based  on no-gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other similar submission martial arts. Every practitioner will increase their strength, endurance, stamina, technical skills and reflexes, as the student will learn the fundamentals of submission grappling like takedowns, joint locks and chokeholds, leading to ultimate ground control. These classes are ideal for either complete beginners, people interested in becoming mixed martial arts professionals, fitness enthusiasts and experienced fighters who wish to improve their grappling skills.

Submission grappling training classes are usually separated into cardio conditioning, drilling and a sparring session.