Submission wrestling, or grappling, is the art of gripping, handling and controlling of an opponent using submissions and joint locks instead of striking. It can be used in stand up or on the ground. It is an essential part of both clinch fighting and ground fighting. Submission wrestling techniques and defenses to submission wrestling techniques are also considered important in self defense applications.
Submission wrestling is an integral part of Mixed Martial Arts as well.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a combative sport that combines aspects from many different martial arts. Competitors are often skilled in boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, submission wrestling, karate and other combative arts. MMA fighters train equally in standup and ground fighting.