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Grappling, NO GI, wrestling grappling, jiujitsu without kimono... So many names for this fighting sport that it is quite difficult to distinguish it. Indeed, grappling is a combat sport that brings together techniques of control, projection, immobilization and submission of his opponent. Percussions such as kicks or punches are prohibited. The objective is to use a finishing technique such as dislocation, muscular pressure or strangulation in order to subdue the opponent.
The practitioner of grappling is called the "grappler". This combat sport can be practiced both in a standing position (called stand-up grappling) and in a ground position (ground grappling). However, it is the combat on the ground that is most commonly called "grappling".
In Europe, the origin of grappling is often associated with the history of wrestling dating back to ancient Greece. Indeed, it is a combat sport halfway between wrestling, Brazilian jiu jitsu, sambo and many other disciplines of submission, whose objective is to make the opponent abandon his opponent by using keys to the joints or strangulation techniques.
Royce Gracie, a Brazilian fighter, demonstrated in the 1990s that grappling is an art with which it is possible to make your opponent feel harmless once he is put down. After several victories against powerful and heavy opponents such as himself, Royce Gracie spread grappling around the world.
As stated above, grappling brings together several disciplines. They can easily be distinguished by the way in which they are practiced. Indeed, it is possible to practice grappling with or without a kimono: the GI and the NO GI.
When grappling is practiced without kimono, it concerns wrestling grappling and all its derivatives: luta book, freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, Mongolian wrestling, Senegalese wrestling... And when it is practiced with kimono, it concerns Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo or sambo.
That's why grappling is also called "NO GI", "Submission Wrestling", "struggle grappling", "jiujitsu without kimono" and many other names. In any case, the only difference between grappling and Brazilian jiu jitsu is the absence of a kimono.
An athlete must be wearing a fightshorts bjj and a bjj rashguard or IBJJF competition rashguard. The BJB shorts must be flat on the leg and must not extend beyond the knees. In addition, it must not contain accessories such as buttons that could injure the opponent. Same for the JJB rashguard, whether it is with or without sleeves, it must tackle the body. In grappling competition, it is also possible to wear knee pads without metal reinforcements. Finally, all wrestlers must wear a handkerchief throughout the match.
A grappler may wear a protective helmet for his ears during a fight. However, this grappling equipment must be approved by the International Federation of Amateur Wrestling (FILA). That is to say a JJB ear protector without metal reinforcements. Athletes with long hair may be required to wear a protective helmet according to the decision of the Refereeing Judges.
This grappling equipment is not mandatory, but wrestlers may wear FILA approved shoes. They must not have heels, studded soles, or metal parts. As far as lace-up shoes are concerned, each athlete must cover his laces with a piece of tape before coming on the mat.
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