List of Grappling Martial Arts Styles
This page provides details about major and minor grappling martial arts styles (wrestling-based). It covers martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Shuai Jiao and many more. Be aware that hybrid systems are harder to classify because many of these styles have a grappling component. Nevertheless, we try to list those hybrid systems that contain a significant amount of grappling training (i.e. grappling is part of most training sessions).
If you think a style should be added to this page, please contact us. However, we will only accept martial arts styles that have many schools, an active style association/federation and/or a detailed Wikipedia page. For martial arts styles from specific countries (i.e. Japan, Korea and China) and non-grappling martial arts, please visit the main Martial Arts Styles section.
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- Bokh – Bokh is a traditional wrestling martial arts that was practiced by Mongol warriors. It is better known today as Mongolian Wrestling.
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a Brazilian martial arts style focused on ground fighting (i.e. grappling).
- Catch Wrestling – Catch Wrestling is a grappling martial arts created in the late 1800s that combines techniques from wrestling, Judo, Jujutsu and other grappling martial arts.
- Danzan Ryu – An American hybrid form of Jujutsu. It is also known as Kodenkan.
- Judo – Judo is a Japanese martial arts style focused on grappling, joint locks and throws.
- Jujutsu – Jujutsu is a Japanese martial arts style focused on joint locks, holds and throws. It tries to redirect or manipulate the force of an attack in order to defeat the attacker.
- Luta Livre – Luta Livre is a Brazilian grappling martial arts known in Portuguese as “Free Fighting”.
- Sambo – Sambo is a Russian martial arts style. There are two main types of Sambo; Combat Sambo and Sports Sambo. Nevertheless, Sports Sambo is focused on grappling.
- Shuai Jiao – A Chinese martial arts focused mainly on wrestling and grappling techniques.
- Ssireum – Ssireum is a Korean martial arts focused on wrestling.
- Sumo – Sumo is a Japanese martial arts focused on wrestling.
- Wrestling – Wrestling, while used mainly for sports today, is an ancient martial arts style of fighting. It focuses on grappling, throws and “pinning” your opponent.
Martial Arts with a Significant Grappling Component
- Daido Juku Kudo – Daido Juku Kudo is a Japanese martial arts that utilizes mixed martial artstechniques while wearing a traditional gi (uniform).
- Mixed Martial Arts – Mixed Martial Arts utilizes techniques from a variety of different martial arts styles (i.e. wresting, jiu-jitsu, boxing, karate, etc.) in order to defeat an opponent.
- Pankration – This Greek martial arts style combines grappling, kicking techniques and boxing. It was part of the first Olympics in 648 BC.
- Shootfighting – Shootfighting is a combat sport similar to Mixed Martial Arts. It is focused on techniques from “Muay Thai Kickboxing” to “Total Body Submission Grappling”.
- Vale Tudo – Vale Tudo is a Brazilian martial arts system that is similar to Mixed Martial Arts but with even fewer rules. The limited number of rules can result in more injuries during Vale Tudo contests.