There are many styles of grappling and often the players of each style would boast of their superiority over other styles. But when they engage in a grappling match, similarities of familiar moves are seen.
Our bodies can only do so much in terms of movement and reactions, and in most cases, it is easy to spot the similarities among the different grappling arts. Everybody goes through the same foundational materials, and basic movements are the techniques being used in most grappling matches. Take boxing and karate for instance, they may differ in many ways of throwing their punches, but during a match between two styles of punching, the same straight punches, the same delivery of power are seen. Why? Because everybody goes back to the same basics.
How do a judo, jiu-jitsu, and sambo player move when the gi (traditional uniform) is taken out? Compare the movements to freestyle or Greco-Roman wrestling and the familiar movements will come out. The basics of grappling arts all carry the same formula, only expressed in different manners. Recently, I spent some time with catch wrestlers in search of uncommon movements distinct from sambo and freestyle wrestling.
The only thing that separates every grappling art from each other is the rules being implemented during a match. The lesser the rules, the more dangerous and more pronounced the nature of grappling art becomes. Grappling is a chess game, and all movements have counter movements, depending on the level of skills and luck of a practitioner.
Let’s examine the simple takedown. Destroying an opponent’s balance and gaining control of the fight on the ground is called a takedown. While some practitioners of the grappling arts consider throwing an opponent a kind of takedown, many grapplers agree that a throw and a takedown are far from being the same. A typical takedown often begins by controlling or grabbing the leg. But in some cases, a takedown can also be applied by controlling the opponent’s shoulders. The following is a demonstration of a simple takedown that can be effective if executed properly.
“Mumbakki” Daniel Foronda is an MMA champion and a Filipino martial arts expert.
He is currently based in Russia where he is a combat tactical trainer to the country’s Military Special Forces.