General Grappling Fundamentals

We begin this training with the four (4) fundamental grappling holds. These form the basis on which more sophisticated knife and longsword disarming techniques will be introduced in later skill levels training. These are forms to familiarize students with fundamentals of fighting and are taught foremost as combat techniques. A short description of each hold follows. The illustrations depict the holds from above in order to provide a visual clarification of the holds described.

Another concept is the notion of the opponent's "inside" and "outside". His/her "inside" is the area of the body to the left of the weapon wielding arm (assuming right handedness) and his/her "outside" is the area of the body to the right of the weapon arm.

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