List of Grappling Martial Arts Styles

Join this free martial arts wiki & community. Add info to wiki & help beginners with Shotokan Kata, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Taekwondo Forms & Patterns, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Judo, Kyokushin, etc. Fitness experts can help with Hojo Undo, Strength Training, Core Exercises, Warm-Ups, Balance, Stretching, etc. Meet your fellow martial artists by joining our Wiki Community.

List of Grappling Martial Arts Styles

This page provides details about major and minor martial arts styles focused primarily on grappling and wrestling. It covers martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Shuai Jiao and many more. Hybrid systems are harder to classify because many have a grappling component. Nevertheless, we try to list those hybrid systems that contain a significant amount of grappling training (i.e. 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.

Grappling Martial Arts - Click on each style for more information

  1. Bokh - Bokh is a traditional wrestling martial arts that was practiced by Mongol warriors. It is better known today as Mongolian Wrestling.
  2. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a Brazilian martial arts style focused on ground fighting (i.e. grappling).
  3. 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.
  4. Danzan Ryu - An American hybrid form of Jujutsu. It is also known as Kodenkan.
  5. Judo - Judo is a Japanese martial arts style focused on grappling, joint locks and throws.
  6. 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.
  7. Luta Livre - Luta Livre is a Brazilian grappling martial arts known in Portuguese as "Free Fighting".
  8. Pankration - This Greek martial arts style combines grappling, kicking techniques and boxing. It was part of the first Olympics in 648 BC.
  9. 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.
  10. Shuai Jiao - A Chinese martial arts focused mainly on wrestling and grappling techniques.
  11. Ssireum - Ssireum is a Korean martial arts focused on wrestling.
  12. Sumo - Sumo is a Japanese martial arts focused on wrestling.
  13. 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

  1. Daido Juku Kudo - Daido Juku Kudo is a Japanese martial arts that utilizes mixed martial arts techniques while wearing a traditional gi (uniform).
  2. 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.
  3. 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".
  4. 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.

Join our free martial arts wiki & community.
Meet other martial artists. Ask questions. Discuss martial arts techniques, kata, etc.
You can also join via Facebook.

Black Belt Wiki - Books | DVDs | Kata | Kids | Shoes | Sparring | Uniforms | Used

Wiki Recommendations by Google

New Posts on the Wiki Community

  • Functional Kata I have been working on the Ashihara Karate section of the wiki. I like how they break out their kata by function. Rather than some elaborate traditional kata with a huge variety of moves (i.e. kicks, punches, throws, sweeps, etc.) & hidden meaning/tech...
  • Dog and dog owner defense. Recently my 6 yr old was charged by a "friendly dog"... he ran into the street in fear. Thankfully this is a slow street. The owner is being a bag of snot. Saying "my dog never bit any one" and getting an attitude when I quote the leash and fence l...
  • Kudo Helmet Since we are talking about the "different" type of protective headgear used in Daido Juku Kudo, I thought that you might like to watch this video that shows off the headgear. Looks like it is designed to be protective but also offer a lot of visibility...
  • One Step Sparring Are there other sites that show one step sparring? I have reviewed all of the ones i was able to find yet i am unable to locate the One Steps i have been taught.
  • Daido Juku Kudo - A Japanese Full Contact Martial Arts Daido Juku Kudo is a mixed martial arts style from Japan. It allows punches, kicks, elbow strikes, grappling and even head butts during their fights. Fighters have to wear gis and a strange bubble-like headgear. Not sure why this type of headgear - ma...

Highly Rated Posts on the Wiki Community

At no extra cost to you, Black Belt Wiki makes a small commission if you buy products via these Amazon links. Your purchase helps keep this wiki free for all visitors. Thank you for your support!

If you spot a typo, non-working video or missing information, please tell us & we will fix immediately!
Also help beginners & add your knowledge to this free wiki.

Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced without the written approval of Black Belt Wiki.
All rights reserved. For other terms & conditions, please read our legal disclaimer. This site is for informational purposes only. All martial arts techniques and fitness exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting or continuing any martial arts and/or physical fitness program.

Join the Black Belt Wiki Community
We hope you will join our free martial arts wiki & community.
Talk to other martial artists. Ask questions. Help beginners.
You can also join via Facebook.

Martial Arts
Products & Services