Wrestling was part of the Olympic Games from 776 BCE. Earlier wrestling had been continuous and contested to one or two of three falls, sometimes with a time limit, sometimes without. Amateur wrestling came to be limited to three three-minute rounds effective in all international competition from 1967. Scoring matches became the standard at this time.
Wrestling is, in many people’s opinion, the toughest and most demanding sport there is. It is a very foundational element of Mixed Martial Arts. It is also possibly one of the most misunderstood components of MMA. Many people have little to no contact with this wrestling and therefore do not understand much of how the sport works.
Wrestling develops strong, creative, analytical, quick thinking, self-controlled, and adaptable minds and bodies. According to Military.com, “Wrestling combines high repetition calisthenics for strength and muscle stamina, and high-intensity intervals for superior cardiovascular endurance. In addition, it adds the intangibles of mental toughness as it pits one opponent against another.”
Wrestling offers all sorts of technical advantages in Mixed Martial Arts. Many of the other “kick and punch” martial arts do not including leverage and body-weight positioning. Wrestlers are often able to dictate where the self defense situation goes (either keeping the situation on the feet or taking it to the ground). Knowing how to control someone by force gives you a leg up in most self-defense situations.
Warrior Martial Arts Academy wrestling classes for kids supplement the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the overall Mixed Martial Arts curriculum. Our wrestling classes focus on offensive moves such as single-leg takedowns and double-leg takedowns. We also incorporate other effective wrestling techniques for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA, such as push-and-pick takedowns and fireman’s carry takedowns. Students will work on stance and motion drills as well as snap-downs, the half-nelson, pummeling and duck-under techniques designed to take the back of the opponent.