Catch wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – are they the same, or are there differences between these two sports? That is certainly a valid question because they look the same to the untrained eye.
To help you see the differences and similarities, we will take a closer look at these two sports, or are they martial arts? Don’t worry, when you are done reading this post, you will be able to separate the two from each other.
Keep reading if you want to know a bit more about these very popular activities.
What is Catch Wrestling?
Catch wrestling is a hybrid grappling-style sport that was developed in Britain in 1870 by a certain J.G. Chambers. This sport was popularized by wrestlers with traveling funfairs who developed their own grappling techniques to increase their effectiveness against opponents.
It is also the predecessor to freestyle wrestling, and the submissions in the sport were removed to make it an Olympic sport. These submissions were quite brutal, as the wrestlers try to cause as much discomfort as possible for their opponent.
There also are no rankings or belts involved in catch wrestling, and the philosophy is to grab hold of anything you can use. This means any part of the body can be grabbed and used to force the submission of the opponent.
With the skills that you learn in wrestling, it can easily be used to defend yourself against the attack of an opponent. Wrestling techniques, pressure, and explosiveness can be used to neutralize a threat quickly and easily.
What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that teaches you to defend yourself against an attacking opponent with a street fight component. It is also a combat sport that makes use of grappling techniques and submission holds to overcome an opponent.
The focus of this sport is to gain control over an opponent with a dominant position and joint locks, as well as lock holds. These holds and locks will be used to force an opponent into submission, and there are quite a number of techniques used.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a subset of the original Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, which was originally developed for the samurais of early Japan. This martial art was suitable for real-life hand-to-hand combat, as well as for self-defense against an attacking opponent.
The objective of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to make use of the legs and hands to lock and immobilize the opponent. The techniques used to achieve this are called guards, mounts, and locks, and they are used to cramp the opponent and remove his ability to move.
What are the Differences?
Here are the main differences between catch wrestling vs BJJ.
Kimono or Gi
The first difference between BJJ and catch wrestling is the uniform. In BJJ, there is the Gi (or kimono, as it was traditionally called). Catch wrestlers do not wear a Gi for the obvious reason that they do not use grappling techniques involving clothing.
In BJJ, the grappling techniques involve the grabbing of the kimono at certain and specific points to execute the technique.
Whenever you are on the ground, you use the guard to control and keep the opponent away from your own body. Catch wrestlers use the guard to get back onto their feet or to use it as an immediate counter-attack to the opponent.
BJJ practitioners will often deliberately get themself into such a position so that they can use the guard to grab the opponent.
Takedowns are very often used in catch wrestling, as it is rich in takedown techniques like BJJ is in guard techniques. One of the best ways to use catch wrestling is with dynamic grappling that favors top positions and takedowns.
With BJJ, the focus is more on the guarding techniques to secure a strong grip on the opponent.
Conditioning and Strength
Original Jiu-Jitsu was born with the concept of technique triumphing everything, but it is evident that many BJJ practitioners are shifting their focus. This new focus has more to do with strength, which was the basic approach of catch wrestling from the beginning.
In Jiu-Jitsu, the opponent is pushed into mistakes with relentless attacks. However, with catch wrestling, the approach is to not wait for them to make mistakes.
With the original Jiu-Jitsu, the approach to get your opponent to submit was more gentle, while catch wrestling is more relentless. The techniques of catch wrestling are also far more violent than with BJJ because of the aggressive nature of wrestling.
However, modern BJJ is moving quite rapidly towards the same aggressive and relentless approach used by catch wrestling.
After reading this post, you will find that there are certain similarities between these two sports, but there are also some very clear differences between the two as well. These sport types can be used to improve a BJJ student’s approach and strength to improve their techniques. Which one you will pick comes down to your preference.