Wrestling or BJJ? Which is better for fighting?
Lets take a second and look at a long time argument among mixed martial artists... Which is better in a real street fight scenario?
There may not be a clear winner when it comes to wrestling vs BJJ in a street fight. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Both experts in each art would argue one is more superior than the other.
Wrestling is a grappling sport that involves taking an opponent down to the ground and controlling them there. It is often considered a more 'physical' form of fighting as it relies heavily on strength and power. However, wrestling can also be very technical, and many moves can be used to take an opponent down or control them on the ground. The training system for wresting is also known to be super intense.
BJJ is a martial art that focuses on grappling, the hyperextension of joints, chokes, maneuvering around an opponent and various methods ground fighting. It is considered to be more 'technical' than wrestling as it relies heavily on technique and strategy. BJJ is often used in MMA (mixed martial arts) competitions, and many moves can be used to submit an opponent. Don't get me wrong, wrestling is also used heavily in MMA and has seen enormous success.
So, which is better in a street fight? It really depends on the situation. If you are stronger and more powerful, wrestling may be the better option. If you are smaller and more agile, BJJ may be the better option.
Ultimately, the best strategy is to learn both wrestling and BJJ, so that you can adapt your style depending on the situation. Regardless of which martial art you choose, however, it is essential to practice regularly and stay in good physical condition in order to be prepared for any type of street fight scenario.
Wrestling may be considered the oldest "martial art" in existence.
Wrestling is a grappling sport that can be traced back to ancient civilizations. The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Persians all had wrestling competitions as part of their cultures.
Wrestling was also popular in medieval Europe, and many European countries have their own traditional wrestling styles. In the United States, wrestling was introduced by immigrants from Europe in the early 1800s.
Wrestling became an official Olympic sport in 1896, and today there are many different wrestling styles practiced around the world.
BJJ can be traced back to the Japanese martial art of Judo. Judo was created by Jigoro Kano in 1882, and BJJ was developed from Judo by Mitsuyo Maeda, who was one of Kano's students.
Maeda migrated to Brazil in 1914, and he taught Judo to Carlos Gracie, who is considered to be the father of BJJ. Gracie and his brothers then went on to develop their own system of grappling, which eventually became known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Today, BJJ is practiced around the world and is often used in MMA competitions. However, it is important to note that not all BJJ practitioners are experts in ground fighting – many focus on wrestling and stand-up techniques as well however most BJJ schools do not show how to defend against a punch or to even throw one.
In conclusion, both wrestling and BJJ have their own advantages and disadvantages. It really depends on the situation as to which one would be better in a street fight. If you are stronger and more powerful, wrestling may be the better option. If you are smaller and more agile, BJJ may be the better option.
Ultimately, the best strategy is to learn both wrestling and BJJ. The follow up question is even more mysterious...
Which martial art would beat a hybrid BJJ Wrestling practitioner? I would love to hear your thoughts...
Train safe and train often,
Matthew Tropp | BJJ Report