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Ranges In Grappling

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tools

I have been thinking an awful lot how concepts of range can or should be applied to jiu-jitsu or grappling. Intuitively grappling is a closer range than most other forms of combat. So maybe we can think of range in grappling as a further break down of range concepts:

  • Out fighting – Angles, timing, footwork, etc used to create opportunities to attack and not be in danger
  • Mid-Range – Both parties in range of the other’s attack
  • Closed or Grappling – Example Ranges
    • Open guard, opponent cannot attack
    • Open Guard with opponent in range to attack
    • Closed Guard opponent with broken posture. Infighting

Lets try to find some examples of each…

Long Distance Grappling – Here is a highlight clip of Romulo Barral using the spider guard. He is able to keep his opponents out of range to act and eventually sweep or attack them.

Mid-range – The 50/50 guard…

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Greco-Roman Control Position (SUS) Video

Brooklyn Monk in Asia


By Antonio Graceffo

As part of the research for his PhD dissertation on comparative forms of wrestling, the Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo, is learning Greco-Roman wrestling at Shanghai University of Sport. Greco is a very challenging form of wrestling which prohibits any kind of attacks to the legs. You can neither grab your opponent’s legs with your hands, nor trip your opponent’s legs with your own legs. Greco wresters rely on tremendous upper body strength to clinch with and take down their opponents. This video features a special appearance by Kirk Thomas, a former Canadian provincial wrestling champion who trains part time, with Antonio, at Shanghai University of Sport.

Watch Greco-Roman Control Position (SUS) on Youtube:

Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a PhD candidate at Shanghai University of sport, writing his dissertation on comparative forms of Chinese wrestling. He is martial arts and adventure author living in Asia, the author…

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