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The notion that a takedown will help you establish control so you can work for a pin or a submission is similar in both cases. There are movements in both genres that skip right to the eventual outcome. Without establishing control on top first, you can throw someone or attempt a pinning combination from the neutral position in wrestling. Submissions are possible in jiu-jitsu from both the neutral and guard positions, thus the traditional sequences aren't always followed. We'll look at what benefits wrestlers can expect from cross-training in jiu-jitsu and vice versa, because cross-training improves both sides.
 

In many ways, wrestling outperforms BJJ, particularly when it comes to explosive and devastating takedowns. Yes, BJJ teaches you how to defend against takedowns, but skilled wrestlers would breeze right through it like butter.
If we're talking about MMA fights, for example, this is critical. BJJ trips and throws are effective as long as the opponent lacks a strong takedown defense. We've seen how they struggle when faced with a nasty striker with a strong takedown defense. Wrestlers, on the other hand, have no such issues because they can score takedowns against anyone.

Wrestling's other edge is its strength and unrelenting tempo.
 

Wrestlers are all powerful, explosive, and have enough cardio to keep up a fast pace for days. They are rarely weary, and having them on top of everything is exhausting.


Not to mention the strength of their slams, which have been known to knock opponents out cold in MMA. Slams like suplexes have the potential to kill a person, which has happened on the streets numerous times.

Yes, BJJ has more weapons and is more self-defense oriented. Make no mistake about that, though. Wrestling is no laughing matter. It is a combat sport that prepares you to compete according to the regulations. However, its principle and tactics are transferable to any freestyle fighting.

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