Grappling / BJJ

The History of Grappling at PMA

Grappling is a very broad term used by Progressive Martial Arts Academy to categorise the closer range arts that are taught here. The grappling arts are primarily drawn from three sources, these being the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of the Machado Brothers, the Jun Fan Grappling of Larry Hartsell, and the grappling blend of Guro Dan Inosanto (including Filipino Dumog). Complementing these arts further are the techniques and skills direct from Shoot Wrestling and Erik Paulson’s Combat Submission Wrestling.

Larry Hartsell’s Jun Fan Grappling and Guro Dan Inosanto’s grappling are themselves blended arts incorporating various styles of Western Wrestling, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Shooto, and Dumog. The use of grappling techniques is determined by the combat situation already being at close range or by the desire of the practitioner to fight at close range. Within the term ‘close range’ there are a number of different positions or situations implied, and the combination of situation and desired outcome will then determine which techniques are employed.

The instructors at Progressive Martial Arts Academy International work closely with, and also regularly train with both here and overseas, Master Jean Jacques Machado, Guro Dan Inosanto, and Shooto champion Erik Paulson. As conflicts often move to the ground, whether through choice or by losing balance, the ability to maintain a degree of control and effectiveness in close-range and ground-based fighting is paramount. Drawing from different wrestling arts and blended arts provides a wealth of techniques to apply while also resulting in the refinement of the core skills and subtleties that hold true through all forms of grappling.

Shooto is perhaps not as well-known as other more prominent arts and is deserving of more recognition than it currently receives. The predecessor to modern-day UFC, Shooto is a popular martial art and combative sport in Japan founded by Sousai Satoru Sayama and brought to the U.S. by former Shoot Wrestling champion, and highest ranking instructor under Sousai Sayama, “Shootist” Yorinaga Nakamura. Shoot Wrestling, also called “Shooto”, “Shoot Fighting”, or “Shooting”, is a unique blend of Russian Sambo, Judo, Jujitsu, Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling, and Thai Boxing. A truly combative sport martial art, Shoot Wrestling utilizes long range kicking, punching, kneeing, evasion, and footwork. Practitioners are allowed to throw, tackle, take-down, or sweep the opponent, and continue the ground fighting and engage in submission and locking. Training in Shoot Wrestling will develop attributes such as balance, speed, agility, coordination, endurance and sensitivity.