A Beginner's Guide to Grappling

As we count down the days to our new Beginner Submission Wrestling class, we thought we would lay out a basic guide to what you need to get started and what you can expect in that first class.

DO consider your wardrobe:

To train submission wrestling, you should wear the following:

  • A Mouthguard
  • Shorts or pants without pockets (people can break toes or fingers by getting them caught in pockets
  • Ideally, a dryfit shirt. Cotton is gross.
  • An athletic cup (if you need one)
  • A hairtie or five (if you have long hair, put it back in a bun, pony tail, or braids)

DON'T be the stinky kid:

  • Wash your gym clothes after every training session
  • Cut your fingernails and toenails
  • Wear deoderant
  • Brush your teeth and consider avoiding really stinky foods right before you grapple

DO prepare to be humbled:

Submission Wrestling is a very close and highly physical sport with unfamiliar movements and positions that can be confusing at first. Striking is pretty straight-forward (extend hand - punch face - return hand), but grappling is much more detailed and requires a certain level of body awareness. Grappling is also about precision rather than power, which is why some of the best grapplers are lithe rather than just large. Regardless of your size and strength, learning submission wrestling can be a humbling experience. Don't expect to do everything perfectly the first time. Instead, listen carefully to your instruction, go slowly, and do each movement 1.5 million times. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, baby!

DON'T be scared:

Martial Arts in general can be intimidating, and the type of training we do at Train.Fight.Win. as fighters even more so. But don't be intimidated - anyone can train submission wrestling. This beginner's class is designed as a space for brand new wrestlers to learn basic positions and transitions. One of the hardest things to do when starting something new is to actually start. But once you do begin, you can often discover something you love. I, Coach L.A., had to watch submission grappling for about six months before I was willing to start training, because I was incredibly uncomfortable with the closeness of wrestling. But after my very first training session, I was in love and the closeness of it no longer bothered me at all. For Coach Mike, who was already an instructor in two martial arts systems and a high-level fighter, grappling was one of those humbling experiences that true martial artists really love. Doing something you are already good at is easy, but learning something new is challenging. And challenge is, as we all know, an opportunity for greatness.

So get ready to challenge yourself! Join us 5:15pm Monday, July 31st, for our inaugural Beginner Submission Grappling class. Our Tribe is STRONG!

Beginner Submission Wrestling

Monday and Wednesday 5:15pm-6:00pm

LA Jennings