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Submission Wrestling at PMATC


To instruct the principles of physical and mental defense, enabling the practitioner to develop techniques for efficient and effective self defense, by maintaining an instructional, training, and testing environment that will enable each individual the opportunity to pursue and achieve the highest level of Martial skill they are capable of.


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New Iberia, LA 70560




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What is Submission Wrestling?

Submission Wrestling - the act and or sport of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat or physical engagement between persons, in which each strives to get an advantage over or control of their opponent. Physical techniques which embody wrestling are clinching, holding, locking, and leverage

Submission Wrestling is an element of many martial arts, and consists of techniques for handling the opponent in which the opponent is usually held or gripped rather than struck.

This includes maneuvers to obtain a strong position (for example guard or mount), take-downs, various pins, joint locks, and pain locks. In the forms seen today it normally excludes techniques such as biting, pinching and there are no strikes.

Submission Wrestling may be engaged in either standing or on the ground, although many standing techniques are take-downs, and thus used for forcing the opponent to an unfavorable position on the ground.

Throws are considered wrestling in some martial arts, whereas other arts consider them extensions of strikes or kicks. When unskilled opponents get embroiled in combat, a very common instinctive reaction is to attempt to slow the situation down by grabbing the opponent and holding them still.

As a result, wrestling simply happens. Of course, skilled fighters can wrestle much more effectively and may choose to wrestle an opponent to the ground.

With sufficient skill, Submission Wrestling offers the possibility of controlling an opponent without injuring them. Moreover, it is possible to design rules making Submission Wrestling into a relatively safe sport; this is more difficult with other kinds of fighting. Submission Wrestling is notably not a martial art, but a mode of fighting.

Many martial arts contain wrestling training, although the amount and type varies. Jujutsu, judo, aikido, olympic wrestling and Brazilian jiu jitsu focus primarily on wrestling type techniques, whereas Boxing, Muay Thai, and Tai Kwon Do contain no wrestling or only standing wrestling known by most as clinching.

Some martial arts have their own name for wrestling; for example, in Eskrima/Kali, Wrestling is normally called Dumog.

Some Eskrima/Kali systems practice wrestling while one or both participants is armed. This practice is significantly more dangerous than unarmed wrestling, and generally requires a great deal of training.

Many sports, that are derived from the martial arts, have rules which forbid wrestling.

For example in boxing or savate competition, when competitors become too close, they "clinch" or grab each other and the referee immediately stops the fight.

This is generally done to encourage practitioners to focus on other aspects of the match such as punching or kicking, which are deemed more important, more challenging, or more entertaining.

At PMATC the Submission Wrestling arts taught consist of a combination of Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Shoot wrestling. These wrestling styles are martial arts that concentrate on defeating an opponent on the ground. While most wrestling styles train on a limited amount of stand up fighting, the idea behind it is to take an opponent down and defeat him or her with a choke, a lock or any other number of techniques designed to submit an opponent.

As opposed to relying on brute strength alone, the Submission Wrestling styles at PMATC utilize leverage, conditioning, precision and knowledge of anatomy to defeat an opponent. These wrestling arts are very precise arts and the student will be taught to be very aware of one's own body, and of the movements of the opponent. The skilled ground fighter will be able to feel an opponent's intentions with their movements and will be able to control the fight.

Wrestling arts appeal to a wide variety of people, including experienced martial artists from other styles. They are an excellent venue of exercise and conditioning and a truly well rounded martial artist will train for and be able to defend themselves both while standing and on the ground.  Wrestling arts are an excellent choice for those who give a serious commitment to training and skill will only come through extensive practice in that environment.