The Best Style of Wrestling for MMA

PREFACE: On October 11th, 1997 in Sioux City Iowa, legendary heroes Dan Gable and John Peretti introduced the world to the first Submission Grappling competition, “The Contenders”. It was the beginning of Strikeless MMA, also known as Submission Wrestling. It was held in a cage and the only means to victory was tapping out from…

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The Role of Folkstyle Wrestling in Submission Grappling

Folkstyle Wrestling is an invaluable field for harvesting techniques for the wonderful new sport of No-Gi Submission Grappling. However, Folkstyle is not a system, but rather a title to represent the “folk” or people, of a particular nation. For example, the Folkstyle Wrestling of Japan is Sumo and the Folkstyle Wrestling of Iceland is called…

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The Five Basic Physical Attributes for Sport Combat

The five basic physical attributes are the primary abilities that all sporting skills come from. The acronym “S.A.F.E.S.™”, is an easy way to remember them; Strength, Agility, Flexibility, Endurance and Speed. These attributes can be defined in many ways, however, I will use the following definitions for the purpose of this article. I will end…

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Periodization for Combat Sports

Periodization is defined as “An organized approach to training that involves progressive cycling of various aspects of a training program during a specific period of time.” (Dr. Frankel, C.C. & Kravitz, L. (2000). There are many forms of periodization including: traditional, step-wise, undulating and overreaching. Each has its own merits. The method of periodization discussed…

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