Submission grappling involves wrestling your opponent on the ground and putting him in an uncomfortable position, so that he “submits” or quits. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the foundation for submission grappling, but traditional BJJ involves hundreds of positions and thousands of techniques.
Our unique modular approach is different. We have created a functional subset of techniques that link together in a modular way. These modules can be learned in a matter of several months, as opposed to the multi-year learning curve of traditional BJJ.
After the first several one-on-one lessons with a trainer to learn basic techniques and terms, grappling is taught in a group setting. As much as possible, wrestlers are paired by size and experience.
You progressively learn the 7 basic positions (mounts, guards, sides, and opens), as well as how to transition between them. Within each position, various submission techniques are taught (such as chokes, locks, and bars). We also examine ways to avoid being trapped in such submissions.
Partner drills are used to get the grappling movements into your muscle memory. Each drill focuses on one specific movement. These drills are a key element of our modular approach to grappling, and they are performed in both the top and bottom positions. Being on the bottom in grappling does not imply an inferior position. The bottom wrestler can often be the victor in a match.
Controlled grappling then blends together multiple modules. Students are encouraged to stay focused on smooth and fluid movements that keep both you and your training partner safe. Safety is always the emphasis. At any time, either wrestler may “tap out” by tapping a hand or foot on the mats, and the other wrestler will immediately release. Tapping out is what keeps grappling a safe sport.
Oak Lawn Boxing does not permit casual sideline observers during grappling classes. If you’re here, you get on the mats with us. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you start connecting the building-block modules and begin moving on the mats like a real wrestler!