Wrestling Classes at Crazy 88 Mixed Martial Arts

What is Wrestling?

Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two people who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position such as a pin. There are a wide range of styles with varying rules with both traditional historic and modern styles. Wrestling techniques have been incorporated into other martial arts as well as military hand-to-hand combat systems.

In the modern day, wrestling is divided into three major categories: Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman. Folkstyle wrestling is the style taught in American schools. It emphasizes both takedowns and ground control with an emphasis on scrambles. Outside of the USA, the two most popular styles are Freestyle, where competitors are allowed to grab the legs, and Greco Roman, where participants are only allowed to attack the upper body. Both styles of wrestling require explosive strength and power in order to take an opponent down to the ground. International wrestling competitions such as the Olympics are contested under Folkstyle and Greco Roman wrestling rules.

Former wrestlers have been very successful in Mixed Martial Arts competitions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship. This success has lead many analysts to state that wrestling is the best foundation for MMA fighters.

Benefits of Wrestling:

  • Train under a veteran wrestler and NCAA Division 1 All-American
  • Get in unbelievable shape with one of the most demanding physical workouts possible
  • Learn how to take opponents to the ground and avoid being taken down yourself
  • Build a solid wrestling foundation with experienced coaches
  • Compete in local and international competitions

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Why Learning Wrestling at Crazy 88 Mixed Martial Arts is Different

Tim Spriggs Wrestling Defense at No Gi Pan

At Crazy 88 MMA, we understand that wrestling is an integral part of both Mixed Martial Arts and grappling sports. Our students work on takedowns and takedown defense, as well as proper setups. Techniques from Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling styles are taught. There is an emphasis on accuracy and proper technique.

We are fortunate to have a NCAA Division 1 All-American wrestler as one of our coaches. Crazy 88 students have access to an instructor who has competed (and been successful) at an extremely high level of competition. Wrestling is widely accepted as the most physically grueling of all college sports. Having attained All-American status at a Division 1 level indicates an amazing commitment to the sport. Coach Bryan is at Crazy 88 to pass that knowledge and experience onto you. PLUS he happens to be a very nice guy!

Beyond that, our coaching staff has expertise in the other areas of fighting, such as Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing. This allows us to easily adapt combative techniques to different competitive areas – whether the Crazy 88 student needs to improve his takedowns for a Mixed Martial Arts fight, grappling event, or even the next season of wrestling.

Crazy 88 Mixed Martial Arts also maintains close ties with Howard County youth wrestling. Our facilities play host to out-of-season wresting camps and seminars throughout the year. In fact, Crazy 88 Kids Martial Arts students regularly medal at the Maryland State wrestling championship for their respective High School teams. These place-winners often come back and continue training once they stop wrestling as well.

Rave Reviews from Other Wrestling Students

I got my son involved because it complements his wrestling and he’s enjoyed it a lot. He just had his first tournament and had a win.

Jason S.Father of 5

If you want to be great at something, we have the facilities and we have the personnel that can make your dreams come true as far as martial arts.

Tim SpriggsJiu-Jitsu World Medalist - Black Belt level

Why go anywhere else and train with someone not as good as Crazy 88? I’d rather come here and get beat up everyday. That way I know I’m learning and I’m getting better.

John J.Physical Trainer

I’ve been other places where coaches aren’t very diligent at teaching, and a little bit lazy. Crazy 88 is a really good environment. Everybody’s been nice, but at the same time training very seriously.

Byung L.Butcher

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