The Essential Grappler

This website is dedicated to all of the grappling arts.

"IF YOU WANT TO GET YOUR FACE BEATEN AND WELL SMASHED, YOUR ASS KICKED, AND YOUR ARMS BROKEN, CONTACT CARLOS GRACIE AT THIS ADDRESS..." - Published in a Brazilian newspaper ad, circa 1920s.

“The first rule to perfect your Jiu-Jitsu is to never be deaf to other people’s knowledge,” - Renzo Gracie

“I always try to attack. While I’m on the offensive, my opponent can think of nothing but defending, that is, I’m protected,” - Marcelo Garcia

"With my grip will I grapple the gruesome fiend,
Foe against foe, to fight for our life." - from the epic poem Beowulf

"Mighty Gilgamesh came on and Enkidu met him at the gate. He put out his foot and prevented Gilgamesh from entering the house, so they grappled, holding each other like bulls. They broke the doorposts and the walls shook, they snorted like bulls locked together. They shattered the doorposts and the walls shook. Gilgamesh bent his knee with his foot planted on the ground and with a turn Enkidu was thrown." - The Epic of Gilgamesh

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