Grappling by definition, in martial arts, is any style or mix of styles that comprises techniques that rely on grabbing and controlling the opponent using body leverage as a way of achieving the supremacy through throws and take downs, pins and submissions, as oposed to “striking” martial arts that focus on knocking out and/or hurting the opponent.
Common examples of striking martial arts are Box, Muay Thai, Karate, Tae-kwon-do, Kickbox and Savate. Styles that can be qualified as grappling martial arts are Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sambo and Olympic Wrestling, among some others.
Some martial arts clubs train both striking and grappling, and in Mixed Martial Arts is fundamental to be a good grappler as well as a striker.
However, in the Rio Grappling Club schools, we are focused mainly in the grappling styles as we believe them to be more refined and less dangerous to one’s health than the striking ones. As a matter of fact, one can train in a safer way if sparring on grappling, without coming back home with bruises, injuries and black eyes caused by intentional blows.
No martial art is totally free from accidental injuries, though, but grappling styles tend to minimize them by smart training and use of mats and other protection and prevention from excessive force during sparring.
Some striking styles avoid contact as a way to prevent injuries but this water down their effectiveness as martial arts.
Martial arts were designed in the past to prepare one for real combat, but nowadays this need is a lot smaller than in the past due to the evolution of our societies and the effectiveness of the weapons available as no martial art can turn someone bullet proof, so more and more the martial arts are becoming sports where combat is performed under a set of rules that can vary greatly from style to style.
In the Rio Grappling Club we train extensively Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and its variation without Gi as well as Judo and Olympic Wrestling as we believe those styles blend together very nicely and complement each other in our pursuit of excellence.