Submission Grappling


Submission Grappling

Savarese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a leader in submission grappling.

Submission grappling or no gi BJJ is a combination of martial arts and combat sports. Gi and No Gi are the two forms of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Gi Jiu-Jitsu is grappling with the use of a traditional Gi (uniform), which allows you to grab the clothing of your opponent. No-Gi is grappling without the traditional uniform, instead you wear shorts and a rash guard. No-Gi focuses on clinch and ground fighting. The goal of both are to obtain submission through a variety of holds or joint locks.

Submission grappling looks quite different than typical freestyle or Greco-Roman wrestling. Matches in submission grappling follow the same sets of rules that traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competitions use. It is important to understand that pinning your opponent does not assure a win.

In order to win a no gi BJJ grappling match, your opponent needs to submit or be defeated on points. This is accomplished by using various holds. The purpose of submission is not to harm or injure the opponent, but rather to get him to agree that they are defeated. This is often done by an agreed upon signal (tapping the mat 3 times) or verbally.

Knowing The Positions:

You must master holds and locks in submission grappling to be successful. Thankfully, Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy will help you master these techniques. Below, you will find descriptions of the most common positions in BJJ:

  • Guard:
    • While on your back, your guard is used to control the opponent. There are various ways in order to accomplish this type of hold: full guard, closed guard, half guard, butterfly guard, spider guard, open guard, De La Riva guard, and the x-guard.
  • Mount:
    • Mounting or being on top of your opponent is a position of dominance. There are many different mounts which will leave the opponent at a disadvantage. Mounting positions include top mount, rear mount, side mount, and the reverse mount.
  • North/South position:
    • In this position the opponents are chest to chest with heads in the opposite direction.
  • Knee On Stomach:
    • From the top position, you drive your knee into the opponent’s stomach.
  • Scarf Hold:
    • To the side and above the opponent one hand is on opponent’s head and the other is holding the opponent’s arm.
  • Modified Scarf Hold:
    • Use of over and under hooks in order to hold both of opponent’s arms.

Grappling is growing in popularity and we at Savarese Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have a wide variety of classes scheduled.  Call 201 933-5134 for a free trial class.