Charity Grappling Seminar Report

On Saturday December 8th, Kyuzo held a Freestyle Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu JItsu seminar in aid of Aware, an Irish charity that deals with depression and bipolar disorder. Here’s some info on the work aware does 

It being so close to Christmas, we weren’t sure what sort of turn out we were going to get, so we were absolutely delighted when 20 people made their way in to train and support the seminar. For some, it was their first taste of training in the grappling sports, and for others it was their first chance to experience either Wrestling or BJJ. Wrestling coach Viktor started the day off with his traditional wrestling warm up which consists of plenty of calisthenics, basic gymnastics and mobility movements to get the body stronger and more agile. Once everyone was nice and warm, we moved on to some basic wrestling technique that everyone found simple to use and apply. Wrestling can be so simple, with just the slightest movement making a huge difference to changing your opponent’s balance and giving you an advantage. Wrestling is also a very tough sport and great for creating an incredible level of fitness, and once we finished the wrestling portion of the seminar the sweat was flowing freely! Viktor and co-coach Laszlo explained some of the principles of wrestling such as leading and countering, breaking your opponent’s balance, and the importance of maintaining your own balance.

Viktor and Laslo show some warm ups

Viktor and Laslo show some warm ups

After a short break for some water and a chat, we returned to the mats for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Whereas Wrestling mainly concerns itself with positions when both participants are standing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu mainly deals with what happens when the fight hits the ground. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach Barry took the class through some Jiu Jitsu related games and then coached some submissions (fight finishers), namely 4 chokes from a position where you have your opponent pinned. We then finished up with some light sparring (rolling) before getting the all important photograph!

The seminar group shot

The seminar group shot

Both coaches emphasised the importance of not just having ways of leading your opponent and of reacting to things that they try to do. A classic action and reaction game. This is what grappling is all about, and what makes it so much fun to train. When your opponent makes a move, you must counter it or risk being thrown, swept, or submitted. If you make the first move, you must anticipate his counter movements and react to them before he can adjust. It’s like physical chess, only played at 100mph and with your limbs as the pieces. In both sports, there’s a checkmate too- a successful pin in wrestling or a submission in Jiu Jitsu.

It was a very successful seminar and we were delighted to raise €200 for Aware, and to introduce some people into the amazing world of grappling. our thanks go out to everyone who attended and supported the day and particularly those who took their first steps into training. Congratulations!

The Kyuzo crew

Kyuzo Grappling Academy is a club dedicated to excellence in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training, Wrestling training, and Mixed Martial Arts training. We are an open club that takes on members at all times of the year and focuses on Beginner level training in particular. We have specialist beginner martial arts classes for children in Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), for teenagers in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Wrestling, and for adults in Wrestling, BJJ, and MMA. To enquire about joining our club see our contact page. We’ll be delighted to hear from you regarding training in 2013.

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