Grappling classes in Barcelona

At El Club de la lucha Barcelona we offer grappling classes, also known as submission grappling, at our gym located in Barcelona.

Our gym in Barcelona has spacious and perfectly equipped facilities for practicing grappling and we have a wide variety of schedules so that you can do grappling classes when it best suits your needs.

Although the differences between grappling and BJJ are getting bigger and bigger, the connection between both modalities is still very high and we recommend that our students combine these two combat disciplines.

In addition, grappling plays a fundamental role in mixed martial arts (MMA), so an advanced level of grappling is a must for anyone who wants to compete in MMA.

We invite you to come and try a free grappling class at our gym so you can see our facilities and meet our instructors. After the test class we will be happy to assist you and resolve any questions you may have.


A grappling class in CLB is divided into 4 blocks:

  • Warm up
  • Technique and drills
  • Combat
  • Stretching

Warming up

Grappling classes begin with a warm-up, in which a series of exercises are carried out to relax the muscles and prepare us for the movements and techniques used in grappling training.

A typical warm-up exercise routine might be as follows: running, jumping jacks, knockdown defense, back stretch, neck exercises, falls, cartwheels, leg grip tackles, lateral roll, swings, push-ups, squats, or burpees.

Technique and drills

The central part of the class is devoted to technical concepts. The instructor will show how to execute a certain technique so that the students can then put it into practice with another partner under their supervision. These techniques are always explained step by step and with great attention to detail, since these always make the difference between a technique executed successfully or not.

Takedown techniques:

It is important to focus on those takedown techniques that allow us to obtain an advantageous position and avoid the risk of being caught in some type of strangulation. On the other hand, techniques are also taught that allow us to defend ourselves against a takedown attempt carried out by our adversary.


There are a wide variety of guards that can be used during a grappling match. The main ones are the following:

  • Closed guard
  • Half guard
  • Butterfly guard
  • Rubber guard
  • De la riva guard
  • 50-50

Guard pass:

A guard pass allows us to break the defensive barrier of our adversary and puts us in a position of clear advantage to control the fight and seek a submission. Some of the main techniques for the guard pass are:

  • Leg drag
  • Bullfighter
  • Double under
  • Over under
  • knee slide
  • Long step


A scrape allows us to turn our opponent when he is on us, so that we are the ones who happen to be on top of our opponent.

The possibilities to carry out a scraping are practically endless, depending on which guard or position we execute it from. The important thing is that after executing the scraping we find ourselves in a more advantageous position than the previous one.


Escape techniques allow us to respond to attacks and control attempts carried out by our adversary. In addition to helping us control our opponent, a mastery of escapes will give us confidence and freedom when executing our attacks, since we will have resources to return to a good position if something has gone wrong. There are 6 main leak techniques:

  • Schrimp
  • Bridge
  • Technical stand up
  • Break falls
  • Forward / backwards roll
  • Sprawl

Completions, Submissions, and Chokes:

Obviously, submission techniques are of great importance in our grappling classes, since a submission is the culminating moment of a match.

There is no definitive list of submissions that can be followed point by point, since grappling is a discipline in which we constantly innovate and that allows us to finish our opponent in very different ways. This would be a somewhat general classification of the different types of submissions:

  • Neck cranks and wrenching
  • Neck chokes
  • Spinal locks
  • Joint locks
  • Ligament attacks
  • Muscle cutters
  • Crushing or compression


Grappling drills end the rounds of fighting. A normal class is used to closing with between 3 and 5 rounds of combat of 5 minutes each.

During fights it is important to take into account the difference in level, weight or age so that both partners can carry out productive work.

When executing a submission it is important to be careful and allow time for your partner to clap to avoid injury. Likewise, it is essential to know how to clap or tap at the right time so that our opponent can stop his submission technique.

We also want to highlight that every week classes are held entirely for combat rounds.


Grappling is a demanding sport for the muscles and ligaments, so we recommend spending some time stretching after class. Stretching frequently will help us increase our flexibility and avoid injury.



Grappling is a combat sport that combines clinch and ground combat techniques with the aim of obtaining submission through grappling, either via strangulation or via dislocation.

Although grappling is the most widely used name for this form of combat, it is also widely recognized by other terms such as submission grappling, submission wrestling, or No-Gi Jiu jitsu.

Grappling takes a very similar approach to Brazilian jiu jitsu, but with the big difference that tight-fitting sportswear is used instead of a Gi or kimono. This change in clothing has a great impact on the way the fighting unfolds and on the application of the different fighting techniques.

Grappling is a combat modality that brings together and combines techniques from other fighting modalities, which are the following:

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu evolved from traditional Jiu Jitsu and Judo. Although BJJ includes some of the projections used in Judo, its focus is more on ground fighting positions and submission. The martial art exploded in popularity when different competitors of the Gracie family demonstrated its effectiveness against other combat disciplines.
  • Catch wrestling: Catch wrestling is a hybrid fighting style and combat sport, which is the origin of wrestling as we understand it today. In addition, it has also been a great influence for other combat modalities such as grappling or MMA.
  • Shoot wrestling: Shoot wrestling is the Japanese version of catch wrestling. It was developed within the Japanese professional wrestling circuit of the 1970s and is a submission-based style of wrestling. Japanese fighters combined submission techniques with more traditional styles, such as judo, muay thai, and karate.
  • Sambo: Sambo is a combat sport of Soviet origin, which was taught to the Red Army to help them improve their close combat skills. Sambo is heavily influenced by judo and by different styles of wrestling. There are different versions of sambo, but the two most common forms are the combat sambo and the sports sambo. Combat sambo includes striking techniques, while sports sambo focuses more on wrestling.
  • Lutra Livre: The lutra Livre is a Brazilian martial art that also evolved from wrestling. Lutra Livre developed at the same time as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and was often regarded as the working-class sport reserved for those who couldn’t afford a Gi. Lutra Livre was often taught to Brazilians of African descent, while BJJ was considered the sport of European white descendants. There are two main forms of Lutra Livre. The sports version is similar to wrestling and encourages the use of takedowns, holds, and submissions to defeat an opponent. The other version is known as Vale Tudo and the main difference is that punching and kicking is allowed. Vale Tudo in many ways was a forerunner of modern MMA.

Differences between grappling and Brazilian jiu jitsu

Grappling is a fully developed fighting style with its own rules, but it is undeniable that its origin is in Brazilian jiu jitsu.

The main difference between the two fighting styles is in the grip, as the grips provided by the Gi of Brazilian jiu jitsu allow many throwing and submission techniques that are not possible with grappling gear. For its part, grappling places much more emphasis on wrestling knockdown techniques, since it has to dispense with those techniques that depend on the Gi in order to be applied successfully. This makes BJJ more technical and methodical, while grappling tends to be more fluid and explosive.

Grappling competitors are much more slippery due to the accumulation of sweat on clothing or on the skin, which usually translates into faster and more dynamic fights with fewer moments in static positions. It is for this reason that grappling competitors must be prepared for a faster pace. On the other hand, the same sweat makes the chances of grabbing and controlling the opponent less and more complex.

Another aspect that is influenced by the absence of Gi is that BJJ competitors have several breaks available during the fight to recompose their gi, while grappling fighters do not have those pause seconds that can be used to take a breath. non-gi competitors don’t get that respite. This may not seem significant, but under IBJJF rules, BJJ competitors have 20 seconds to readjust their gi each time the referee instructs them to do so. During the course of a fight this can add up to minutes of rest.

Lastly, and this is a major difference, there are a number of submissions that are allowed in grappling and that are not allowed in a Brazilian jiu jitsu competition.


As with most combat sports and martial arts, training grappling on a regular basis brings great benefits both in terms of our health and in terms of our human growth.

These are some of the main benefits that are obtained by attending grappling classes:

  • Improves physical performance, well-being and health of our body. Grappling is a sports modality that improves the 4 main parameters that define an optimal physical condition: aerobics, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance.
  • Stress release
  • Improves our ability to concentrate
  • Develop our strategic skills
  • It teaches us to be constant and encourages the spirit of improvement
  • We incorporate self-defense skills
  • Greater self-confidence and self-esteem