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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-24-2006, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Where do I start

I have had two years of highschool wrestling and i did a pretty good job. I also took a two hour seminar on basic judo techniques at my local YMCA. That about completes my grappling experience.

I have a pretty good stand up game but I'd really like to be more well rounded before I start seriously fighting. I also know how to fight because I've been in my share of street fights.

My question is: Where do I start in grappling? and What basic things do I need to know?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-24-2006, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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All right. Thank you. Curran Martial Arts is right by my house and I might be signing up this summer. I think it would be cool to be able to train with Jeff "Big Frog" Curran in BJJ. He's got quite a reputation. The only fight of his I ever saw was against Matt Serra at 155. He rocked Serra and was able to survive on the ground but lost via decision. I guess it's probably just because Matt Serra is so big (he even fights at 170) and Jeff is a natural 145. I'll probably just read some of the posts about grappling and maybe buy a few books until I can afford the camp. Thanks again
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-26-2006, 10:44 AM
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Good advice, Jay.

All newcomers to any form of grappling, make special note of rule #1. If you walk into a school with an ego, expect to get tapped constantly. I see guys I train with do it to people all the time.

Basic technical skills to learn:

Don't use that basic wrestling instinct to give up your back. It's great to avoid getting pinned in wrestling, but in submission grappling bad things happen.

Don't be uncomfortable on your back. Even pro's go wrong by getting jumpy as soon as they have someone on top of them. Stay relaxed, it is possible to be aggressive from the bottom.

Breathe. People forget all the time to take breaths while they are grappling. If you don't breathe your muscles fatigue, you get tired and you lose focus. Take your time and breathe.

And finally, think about what you're doing. Just because you know how to get to an armbar doesn't mean it's a good idea. Think about whether or not your opponent will be able to recognize it and escape or reverse it.

Best of luck with your training.

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thank you very much.
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