Ann Arbor Dojo Discusses History of Grappling Arts

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michimich -- Do you want to increase your strength? Are you looking for self-defense training?

Fighting systems that use grappling may be right for you!

What is Grappling?

Grappling is a concept in combat sports that consist of grabbing and manipulating the opponent. Grappling moves include takedowns, throws, holds, and sweeps, but no striking moves like punching and kicking. Grappling works well for up-close combat and self-defense.

Here are a few fighting systems that use grappling:

Judo – Judo is a Japanese martial art based on the principle that a smaller person can take on a larger, stronger opponent with the right skills. Judo was formed by Jigoro Kano in 1882 and uses throws, takedowns, chokes, and joint locks. Most throws require grabbing the opponent's gi. To win a judo match, you can perform an ippon - throwing the opponent down on their back - make the opponent submit, or score the most points by performing throws, locks, and holds.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the Brazilian form of Japanese jujutsu created by Carlos Gracie in 1920s. Unlike Judo, BJJ takes place mostly on the ground using takedowns, chokes, and joint locks. The goal in BJJ is to get your opponent to the ground and have them submit.

Ssireum – Ssireum is a Korean grappling sport that takes place in a sand pit. You and your opponent's hands are linked by belts at each other's waists and thighs. The goal is to throw the opponent off balance and have any part of their body above the knee touch the ground. Ssireum began in the fourth century and is now a national sport in Korea.

Wrestling – Wrestling is a worldwide sport focused only on grappling and is the oldest form of combat. There are even cave drawings of people wrestling! The goal in wrestling is to get your opponent to fall or pin them so they can't move. There are three types of wrestling: freestyle, Greco-Roman, and Folkstyle. No joint locks or chokes are allowed, only throws and pins.

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If you're interested in judo in Ann Arbor (, JMAC would love to have you come watch a class. Call them at (734)720-0330 or fill out their contact form to schedule a visit!

About Japanese Martial Arts Center: Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, JMAC is an authentic Japanese martial arts facility that focuses on karate, judo, Nihon jujutsu, and iaido serving the Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Pinckney, and Canton areas as well as all Southeast Michigan. Experienced instructors train the mind, body, and spirit of members at an individualized pace, offering martial arts to both experienced and inexperienced students.

Source: Japanese Martial Arts Center

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