What is Jiu Jitsu/Submission grappling?

Submission Grappling is an evolved version of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As the name suggests, it is a ground based martial art where technique and leverage are used to control and submit your opponent. Traditionally, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is trained in the gi (traditional robe) which allows you to have more handles/levers to apply force onto. Submission grappling is trained without the gi which restricts how much control you have on your opponent and vice versa, making it more realistic in a fighting scenario as you cannot always rely on your opponent having collars or sleeves to grip onto. All techniques that work without a gi, work on opponents with a gi. Whereas techniques that require a gi, do not work without a gi.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s effectiveness cannot be questioned; its dominance over other martial arts has been proven at the absolute highest level of combat sports. Royce Gracie proved its dominance in the first Ultimate Fighting Championship on the 12th of November 1993. Since then the sport has had an explosion in popularity and has evolved dramatically.

Why should Children do Jiu Jitsu?

In my developmental years, I was always terrified of conflict. I was bullied at school and had terrible anxiety about getting picked on. It wasn’t until I started training Jiu Jitsu when I was 19 that I gained the confidence to no longer worry about conflict. It was like this giant weight was lifted off my shoulders and it felt like I had a super power than no one knows about. All of a sudden I could take control of any situational conflict, remain calm and have a choice as to what the result would be.

Grappling is different to other martial arts, you can choose to end the conflict how you would like to. You don’t even have to hurt the other person! You can just grab them and pin them. You could strangle them unconscious (sounds worse than it really is!) or you could end it violently if need be (which I would not recommend). It gives you control in situations where you would otherwise be completely helpless-It is like having super powers! 99.9% of people do not know how helpless they are when someone who knows what they are doing grabs a hold of them!

In both Submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, technique is emphasised as the main factor determining success or failure. This allows a technically superior smaller person to overcome a less technically sound larger opponent, making it a legitimate, viable option for self defence for children and juniors. Very few other martial arts offer this kind of power to Children (Judo and Wrestling being two others).

Why Choose Submission Grappling?

The advantage Submission Grappling has over traditional wrestling, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that it is not restricted as to what techniques are allowed; there are less rules. Techniques are not valued by whom or where they come from, they are valued purely on how effective they are against resisting opponents. As previously stated, submission grappling is the most evolved version of all the grappling martial arts/sports as it does not have these restrictions and it blends together all grappling martial arts to find out what the best techniques are. I am more concerned with the technical effectiveness of what I am being taught, rather then what belt is around mine or my instructors waist. It is for this reason at Kraken, we do not wear belts; they promote chasing artificial goals. Do not worry about belts, worry about being the absolute best you can be.

Is it safe?

Submission grappling is most definitely safe and anyone can do it! At Kraken, safety is our top priority. We want a safe training and learning environment for all of our students. Unlike striking sports, grappling can be trained at any intensity and can still give you incredible progress! You don’t need to train hard and have wars in the gym to get really good. Training really hard and rough is not only short sighted, but is frowned upon at Kraken. We are a team and we look after our training partners! Fortunately you won’t have to learn in the environments I had to where there are rusty bits of cage to snag your elbows on or filthy mats that can give you infections! Our aim is to give you the absolute best learning environment and provide you with high level instruction in a great (and safe) training facility that will allow you to progress and learn as fast as possible!

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