June 8

The Ultimate List of Grappling Techniques

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The ultimate list of grappling techniques is a resource for any martial artist who wants to learn new moves.

The list includes all the major disciplines of grappling such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Freestyle Wrestling, Judo and Sambo.

It also includes some lesser-known but still highly effective arts like Catch Wrestling. 

Ready? let's dive in.


The List of Grappling Techniques


Armbar From Guard
Knee Bar from Side Control
Sleeve Choke
X-Guard
Leg Ride
Gogoplata
Arm Triangle
Neck Crank
Double Ankle Grab Sweep – Double Ankle Sweep
Turtle Guard or Turtle position
Quad Crush
10 Finger Choke or Ten finger guillotine
Armbar Defense – Armbar defenses or Armbar escapes
Butterfly Guard Counter
Peruvian Necktie
Toe Hold Escapes
Standing Elbow Crank
Rear Naked Choke Escapes – Rear naked choke defense
Armless Triangle
North South Choke
Triangle Choke Escape From Guard – Defense against triangle choke
Triangle Choke
Armbar From Side Control
Calf Crusher or Calf Slicer
Guillotine Choke Escapes – Defenses against the Guillotine Choke
Turtle Attacks – How to attack an opponent who is in the turtle guard/position.
Anaconda Choke
Ankle Lock – Achilles Lock or Foot Lock
Americana Armlock Escapes – Americana Keylock escapes
Cross Collar Choke Escapes
Knee Bar Defense
Overhead Sweep
Macarrao Sweep – Another overhead sweep technique
Rear Mount Escapes
Bicep Slicer or Bicep Crusher
Single Leg Takedown
Heel Hook
Headlocks
Rear Mount
Knee Bar From Closed Guard Position
Hip Crank
Triangle Choke Escapes
Cross Collar Choke
Sprawl
Clock Choke
Brabo Choke or D’Arce Choke
Flying Scissors or Scissors Throw
Toe Hold
Scissors Sweep
Elbow Escape From Mount
X-Guard Sweeps
Flying Armbar
Rubber Guard
Spider Guard Sweeps
Ezekiel Choke Defense
Passing The Half Guard
Electric Chair
Rolling Knee Bar
Double Ankle Sweep Counter – Counter to the Double Ankle Sweep
Sickle Sweep
Kimura Defense
Elbow Crank
Helicopter Armbar
Kimura From The Guard
Kimura From The Side Mount
Armbar From The Mounted Position – Armbar from mount
Heel Hook Escapes
Half Nelson
Standing Guard Pass
Butterfly Sweep
Spider Guard
Hook Sweep
North South Escapes – A variety of north south escapes
Double Leg & Single Leg Takedown
Sleeve Choke Escapes
Rear Naked Choke
Push Sweep – Push kick sweep
Anaconda Choke Escapes – Anaconda Choke defense or counter
Granby Roll
Hip Throw
Suplex
Rear Takedown
Ezekiel Choke
Sambo Leg Lock
Americana Armlock – Americana Keylock
Omoplata Shoulder Lock
D’Arce Choke or Brabo Choke
Scarf Hold
Brabo Choke Escapes
Banana Split
Turtle Escapes – How to escape an attacker when you are in the turtle guard/position.
Hammerlock
Sambo Knee Bar
Butterfly Guard
Elevator Sweep
The Three Fundamentals of Takedown
Clock Choke Escapes
Flying Triangle Choke
Guillotine Choke
Ankle Lock Counter – Achilles Lock counter or Foot Lock counter
Reverse Armbar From Mount
Headlock Escapes
Rolling Armbar
Scarf Hold Escapes
Side Control Escapes
Twister
Crucifix Choke
Knee On Belly Escape – Knee on stomach escape
Trunk Strangle or Trunk Squeeze – Judo’s Do-Jime
Handstand Sweep
Cobra Choke

Ukemui – Judo Breakfalls & Rolls

Zenpo Kaiten – Forward Roll Breakfall
Mae Ukemi – Forward Breakfall
Yoko Ukemi – Side Breakfall
Ushiro Ukemi – Back Breakfall
Nage Waza – Judo Throws

Te Waza – Judo Throws (Hand Techniques)

Morote Seoi Nage – Two Hand Shoulder Throw
Kata Guruma – Shoulder Wheel
Yama Arashi – Mountain Storm
Ippon Seoi Nage – One Hand Shoulder Throw. Also known as Seoi Nage.
Kouchi Gaeshi – Minor Inner Reap Reversal
Sumi Otoshi – Corner Drop
Sukui Nage – Scoop Throw
Uchi Mata Sukashi – Inner Thigh Void Throw
Kibisu Gaeshi – One Hand Reversal
Tai Otoshi – Body Drop
Kuchiki Taoshi – Single Leg Takedown
Uki Otoshi – Floating Drop
Obi Otoshi – Belt Drop
Morote Gari – Two Hand Reap

Koshi Waza – Judo Throws (Hip Techniques)

Tsurikomi Goshi – Lifting & Pulling Hip Throw
O Goshi – Major Hip Throw
Hane Goshi – Spring Hip Throw
Uki Goshi – Floating Hip Throw
Sode Tsurikomi Goshi – Sleeve Lifting & Pulling Hip Throw
Utsuri Goshi – Hip Shift Throw
Ashi Waza – Judo Throws (Foot Techniques)
Ushiro Goshi – Rear Throw
Tsuri Goshi – Lifting Hip Throw
Daki Age – High Lift
Harai Goshi – Sweeping Hip Throw
Koshi Guruma – Hip Wheel

Tsubame Gaeshi – Swallow Counter
Deashi Harai – Front Foot Sweep
Uchi Mata – Inner Thigh Throw
O Guruma – Large Wheel
Ouchi Gaeshi – Major Inner Reaping Counter
Kosoto Gari – Minor Outside Reaping Throw
Osoto Gari – Major Outside Reaping Throw
Kouchi Gari – Minor Inner Reaping Throw
Harai Tsurikomi Ashi – Lift Pull Foot Sweep
Osoto Guruma – Major Outer Wheel
Kosoto Gake – Minor Outer Hook
Hane Goshi Gaeshi – Spring Hip Counter
Uchi Mata Gaeshi – Inner Thigh Throw Counter
Harai Goshi Gaeshi – Hip Sweep Counter
Ashi Guruma – Leg Wheel
Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi – Lifting Pulling Ankle Throw
Osoto Gaeshi – Major Outside Reaping Counter
Osoto Otoshi – Major Outer Drop
Hiza Guruma – Knee Wheel
Okuri Ashi Harai – Sliding or Following Foot Sweep
Ouchi Gari – Major Inner Reaping Throw
Sutemi Waza – Sacrifice Techniques

Yoko Wakare – Side Separation
Hikikomi Gaeshi – Pull-In Reversal
Sumi Gaeshi – Corner Reversal
Hane Makikomi – Springing Wrap Around
Uchi Mata Makikomi – Inner Thigh Wrap Around
Uchi Makikomi – Inner Wrap Around
Yoko Guruma – Side Wheel
Tomoe Nage – Circle Throw
Uki Waza – Floating Drop
Osoto Makikomi – Major Outside Wrap Around
Tawara Gaeshi – Rice Bag Reversal Throw
Daki Wakare – High Separation
Harai Makikomi – Hip Sweep Wrap Around
Ura Nage – Rear Throw
Soto Makikomi – Outer Wrap Around
Yoko Otoshi – Side Drop
Yoko Gake – Side Hook
Tani Otoshi – Valley Drop

Katame Waza – Judo Grappling Techniques

Osae Waza – Pinning Techniques

Kuzure Kami Shiho Gatame – Broken Top Four Corner Hold
Shime Waza – Choking Techniques
Yoko Shiho Gatame – Side Four Corner Hold
Kata Gatame – Shoulder Drop
Kami Shiho Gatame – Top Four Corner Hold
Kesa Gatame – Scarf Hold
Tate Shiho Gatame – Vertical Four Corner Hold
Kuzure Kesa Gatame – Broken Scarf Hold

Ryo Te Jime – Two Handed Choke
Kata Juji Jime – Half Cross Choke
Do Jime – Trunk Lock, Trunk Squeeze, Trunk Strangle, etc.
Sode Guruma Jime – Sleeve Wheel Choke
Hadaka Jime – Rear Naked Choke
Okuri Eri Jime – Sliding Lapel Choke
Tsukkomi Jime – Thrust Choke
Nami Juji Jime – Normal Cross Choke
Gyaku Juji Jime – Reverse Cross Choke
Kata Te Jime – Single Hand Choke
Kansetsu Waza – Joint Lock Techniques
Sankaku Jime – Triangle Choke
Kata Ha Jime – Single Wing Choke

Kinshi-Waza – Forbidden techniques. These have been banned from many Judo competitions.
Ude Hishigi Ude Gatame – Straight Arm Lock
Ashi Garami – Leg Lock
Ude Hishigi Hiza Gatame – Knee Arm Bar
Ude Hishigi Hara Gatame – Stomach Arm Bar
Ude Hishigi Juji Gatame – Cross Arm Bar
Ude Hishigi Sankaku Gatame – Triangle Lock
Ude Hishigi Te Gatame – Hand Lock
Ude Hishigi Waki Gatame – Armpit Lock
Ude Hishigi Ashi Gatame – Leg Arm Bar
Ude Garami – Bent Arm Lock


Ashi Garami – Entangled Leg Lock
Do Jime – Trunk Strangle, Trunk Squeeze, etc.
Kani Basami – Scissors Throw, Flying Scissors, Scissors Sweep, etc.
Kawazu Gake – One Leg Entanglement
List of Judo Throwing Techniques (or Nage Waza) – Each of the sections below contain instructions for many different throwing techniques.

Judo Throws-Foot Techniques (or Ashi Waza techniques) –
Judo Throws-Hand Techniques (or Te Waza techniques) – This section contains Judo throws such as Shoulder Wheel (Kata Guruma), Two Hand Reap (Morote Gari) and Scoop Throw (Sukui Nage).
Judo Throws-Hip Techniques (or Koshi Waza techniques) –
Judo Throws-Sacrifice Techniques (or Sutemi Waza techniques) –
List of Judo Grappling Techniques (or Katame Waza) – These sections contain instructions for a wide range of grappling techniques.

Judo Joint Lock Techniques (or Kansetsu Waza techniques) – This section contains Judo joint locks such as Triangle Lock (Ude Hishigi Sankaku Gatame), Leg Lock (Ashi Garami) and Bent Arm Lock (Ude Garami).
Judo Pinning Techniques (or Osae Waza techniques) –
Judo Choking Techniques (or Shime Waza techniques) –

Aikido Ikkyo – First Teaching (Elbow Control)
Aikido Nikyo – Second Teaching (Wrist Control)
Aikido Sankyo – Third Teaching (Wrist Control)
Aikido Yonkyo – Fourth Teaching (Wrist Control & Pressure Point)
Aikido Gokyo – Fifth Teaching (Elbow Control)
Aikido Rokkyo – Sixth Teaching (Arm Control)
Other Important Basic Aikido Exercises – According to Traditional Aikido of Sonoma, “O’Sensei once said that a student could learn all the basics of aikido if he practiced just three techniques: tai-no-henko, morotedori-kokyuho, and suwariwaza-kokyuho”.


Tekubi Waza – Aikido Wrist Techniques
Aikido Kaiten Nage – Wheel Throw
Aikido Shiho Nage – Four Corner Throw
Aikido Tenchi Nage – Heaven And Earth Throw
Nage Waza – Aikido Throws
Aikido Kote-Gaeshi – Wrist Turn
Aikido Munetsuki Kote-gaeshi – Punch Counter Wrist Turn
Aikido Kote-gaeshi – Wrist Turn
Aikido Irimi Nage – Entering Throw
Aikido Suwari-Waza Kokyu-Ho – Suwari-Waza Kokyu-Ho focuses on defending against grabs when seated (in a traditional Samurai kneeling position).
Aikido Shiho Nage – Four Corner Throw
Aikido Morote-Dori Kokyu-Ho – Morote-Dori Kokyu-Ho is an Aikido exercise that teaches students how to unbalance an attacker who has grabbed them with two hands.
Aikido Ude Kime Nage – Arm Extension Throw
Aikido Koshi Nage – Hip Throw
Aikido Tenkai-kote-hineri – Rotating Wrist Twist
Aikido Tai No Henko – Tai No Henko is an Aikido exercise that teaches the basics for redirecting an attack.
Aikido Irimi Nage – Entering Throw
Aikido Juji Nage – Arms Crossed Throw
Aikido Kote-hineri – Wrist Twist
Aikido Kokyu Nage – Breath Throw


Hiji Waza – Aikido Elbow Techniques

Aikido Hiji Garami – Elbow Wrap
Aikido Aiki-otoshi – Blending Drop
Aikido Sumi-otoshi – Corner Drop
Aikido Mae-otoshi – Forward Drop
Aikido Oshi-taoshi – Push Down
Aikido Hiki-taoshi – Pull Down
Aikido Waki-gatame – Side Pin
Aikido Hiki-otoshi – Pulling Drop
Uki Waza – Aikido Floating Techniques
Aikido Ude-gaeshi – Arm Turn
Aikido Ude-hineri – Arm Twist


Aikido Deflections & Parries

Aikido Ushiro-ate – Rear Strike
Aikido Uke Nagashi Irimi
Atemi Waza – Aikido Striking Techniques
Aikido Defenses Against Chokes
Aikido Choking Techniques
Aikido Uke Nagashi Tenkan
Aikido Shomen-ate – Forward Strike To Head
Aikido Gyakugamae-ate – Opposing Stances Strike
Aikido Aigamae-ate – Matching Stances Strike
Aikido Kubishime – Neck Choke
Aikido Gedan-ate – Low Strike



Aikido Kubishime Sankyo
Aikido Kubishime Kotegaeshi
Aikido Kubishime Koshinage
Aikido Kubishime Ikkyo
Aikido Kubishime Nikyo
Aikido Kubishime Kokyunage
Aikido Ushiro Waza – Defenses Against Rear Attacks

Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Kokyunage – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Ikkyo – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Nikyo – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Sayunage – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Sankyo – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Kotegaeshi – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Defenses Against Punches or Knife Hand Strikes

Aikido Shomenuchi Yonkyo or Shomen Uchi Yonkyo – Defense Against An Overhead Strike To The Top Of Head Or Shoulder.
Aikido Yokomenuchi Ikkyo – Defense Against A Hook Punch, Knife Hand Strike To Neck, Etc.
Aikido Munetsuki Nikyo – Defense Against A Straight Punch
Aikido Munetsuki Sankyo – Defense Against A Straight Punch
Aikido Munetsuki Kaitenage – Wheel Throw Defense Against A Straight Punch
Aikido Munetsuki Ikkyo – Defense Against A Straight Punch
Aikido Munetsuki Kokyunage – Breath Throw Defense Against A Straight Punch
Aikido Munetsuki Iriminage – Entering Throw Defense Against A Straight Punch
Aikido Shomenuchi Sankyo or Shomen Uchi Sankyo – Defense Against An Overhead Strike To The Top Of Head Or Shoulder.
Aikido Yokomenuchi Nikyo – Defense Against A Hook Punch, Knife Hand Strike To Neck, Etc.
Aikido Munetsuki Kotegaeshi – Defense Against A Straight Punch
Aikido Defenses Against Straight Punches
Aikido Yokomenuchi Sankyo – Defense Against A Hook Punch, Knife Hand Strike To Neck, Etc.
Aikido Shomenuchi Nikyo or Shomen Uchi Nikyo – Defense Against An Overhead Strike To The Top Of Head Or Shoulder.
Aikido Munetsuki Koshinage – Hip Throw Defense Against A Straight Punch
Aikido Shomenuchi Gokyo or Shomen Uchi Gokyo – Defense Against An Overhead Strike To The Top Of Head Or Shoulder.
Aikido Defenses Against Hook Punches
Aikido Shomenuchi Ikkyo or Shomen Uchi Ikkyo – Defense Against An Overhead Strike To The Top Of Head Or Shoulder.
Aikido Yokomenuchi Kokyunage – Defense Against A Hook Punch, Knife Hand Strike To Neck, Etc.

Defenses Against Kicks

Aikido Defenses Against Side Kicks such as Kubishime, Tenkan, etc.
Aikido Defenses Against Spinning Kicks such as Irimi-Nage, Kubishime, etc.
Aikido Defenses Against Roundhouse Kicks such as Nikyo, etc.
Aikido Defenses Against Front Kicks such as Irimi-Nage, Sayu-Nage, etc.
Defenses Against Grabs

Aikido Katatetori Kaitenage
Aikido Katatetori Kokyunage
Aikido Katatori Kokyunage or Kata-dori Kokyunage – Defense Against A Shoulder Grab Or Lapel Grab
Aikido Ryotemochi Kaitenage – Defense Against An Attacker Who Grabs One Wrist With Two Hands
Aikido Katatetori Iriminage or Katate-dori Iriminage
Aikido Ryotemochi Ikkyo – Defense Against An Attacker Who Grabs One Wrist With Two Hands
Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Ikkyo – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Aikido Katatetori Kotegaeshi
Aikido Ryotemochi Kokyunage – Defense Against An Attacker Who Grabs One Wrist With Two Hands
Aikido Ryotetori Koshinage
Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Sayunage – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Aikido Katatetori Nikyo or Katate-dori Nikyo – Defense Against A Wrist Grab
Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Sankyo – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Aikido Sankyo Defenses Against Wrist Grabs
Aikido Ryotetori Sankyo – Defense Against Both Hands Being Held
Aikido Nikyo Defenses Against Wrist Grabs
Aikido Munedori Kokyunage – Defense Against A Single Lapel Grab
Aikido Katatori Kotegaeshi or Kata-dori Kotegaeshi – Defense Against A Shoulder Grab Or Lapel Grab
Aikido Ryotemochi Sankyo – Defense Against An Attacker Who Grabs One Wrist With Two Hands
Aikido Ryotetori Ikkyo – Defense Against Both Hands Being Held
Aikido Katatetori Sankyo or Katate-dori Sankyo – Defense Against A Wrist Grab
Aikido Katatetori Yonkyo or Katate-dori Yonkyo
Aikido Ryotemochi Nikyo – Defense Against An Attacker Who Grabs One Wrist With Two Hands
Aikido Katatori Ikkyo or Kata-dori Ikkyo – Defense Against A Shoulder Grab Or Lapel Grab
Aikido Ryotetori Tenchi Nage
Aikido Katatetori Ikkyo or Katate-dori Ikkyo – Defense Against A Wrist Grab
Aikido Katatori Nikyo or Kata-dori Nikyo – Defense Against A Shoulder Grab Or Lapel Grab
Aikido Ikkyo Defenses Against Wrist Grabs
Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Kotegaeshi – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Nikyo – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Aikido Ryotetori Nikyo – Defense Against Both Hands Being Held
Aikido Katatori Sankyo or Kata-dori Sankyo – Defense Against A Shoulder Grab Or Lapel Grab
Aikido Ushiro Tekubi Tori Kokyunage – Defense Against Double Wrist Rear Grab
Aikido Ryotetori Shiho Nage


Conclusion

So there you have it.

Our complete list of grappling techniques.

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