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Larry Hartsel putting the hurt on Sifu Tim circa 1993
Catch Wrestling/Sambo?Shooto

Submission grappling is not an individual style of martial art but is a generic term referring to forms of combat that focus on ground fighting. Grappling is a crucial element for every fighter to practice since manyof fights end up on the ground at some point.


At the JKD Institute, submission grappling is predominantly designed used for the street with grappling competition secondly.  It focuses on defending the most common grappling arts like Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, American Wrestling, and MMA, on getting an opponent to submit through the use of chokes, holds, and locks, and finding dominant positioning for striking.

The JKD Institute submission grappling program finds its roots in a variety of martial arts including judo, traditional Greco-Roman wrestling, Shoot Wrestling, Sambo, and Catch Wrestling. While many school focus on teaching a specific style of submission grappling, the JKD Institute instead studies many styles and incorporates the techinques and training methods that best fit within our core principles.

This general approach allows our system to continue to evolve and change, while maintaining focus on the practicality of the techniques taught. Whether you’re an advanced grappler or someone just starting out, there is something for everyone to learn and we welcome students of all backgrounds. 

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