If you’re planning to learn a martial art, you’re probably interested in securing the many physical, mental, and health-boosting benefits of martial arts training. You might also understand that mastering a martial art is a significant challenge that requires dedication, hard work, and hundreds—if not thousands—of hours of training.
If you primarily visualize images of striking and kicking over takedowns and submission holds when thinking about mixed martial arts (MMA), you might not be aware of the significant role grappling has played in the evolution of the sport. While fierce strikes and devastating kicks dominate highlight reels, professional MMA fighters with strong grappling skills have long secured the most victories. In fact, a 2017 study of elite-level MMA competitors determined that “grappling activity and technique accuracy are of particular importance in achieving victory.”