Grappling or mixed martial arts (MMA) is an umbrella term used to categorise a collection of techniques and principles provided by a host of different martial disciplines. These techniques are basically body or limb manipulations, and can be used to throw, control, knock out, or maim an opponent whilst fighting in close. The art of grappling, in its main guises, can be utilised from standing or from on the ground, and its street-efficiency is becoming more and more apparent with the increase in No Holds Barred / Mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions over the past few years.
Statistics show that 95% of all street fights end up within the grappling range, so a sound grappling knowledge base is essential to the modern realistic fighter. A good street fighter, therefore, should be able to perform each of the techniques outlined below during the course of a fight
Entry Techniques (ie. blocks, strikes, catches etc.) Drawn from a wide variety of arts including Shooto, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Jun Fan Trapping, Silat etc.
Standing Techniques (locking and submission techniques) Drawn from the likes of Shooto, Jun Fan Grappling, Silat, Dumog etc.
Takedown Techinques (takedowns, trips, sweeps and throws) Drawn from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shooto, Dumog, Silat, Jun Fan Grappling etc.
Ground-fighting Techniques (body positioning, body and joint mainipulation (to invoke submission, or to maim) and striking from the ground) Drawn from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Greco-Roman/Western Wrestling, Shooto etc.
The grappling arts practised and taught within the Scimitar Martial Arts Association comprise of mainly (but not exclusively) the following:
3) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (incorporating both Gracie and Machado bros styles)
4) ShootFighting/Wrestling (Shooto)
5) Filipino Dumog
6) Greco-Roman/Western Wrestling
Since the Scimitar Martial Arts Association is closely affiliated with Larry Hartsell's Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association, and our chief instructor is one of only a handful of instructors worldwide authorised to teach under the name of Larry Hartsell, it stands to reason that the grappling range is of particular importance to us.
In short, the understanding and practice of the close range fighting arts is a highly valued and integral part of our training and development as all-round fighters within the progressive martial arts.