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Old 08-30-2008, 05:16 PM   #5
Kevin Leavitt
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Re: Define grappling

elements that I think are important in defining a grappling art.

1. Closing the distance (ma ai)
2. Establishing dominance (kuzushi)
3. Finishing the fight (Resolution, stasis, control, or submission)

If it is done without the use of knives, sticks, or guns (or even if you have them involved!) it can be considered grappling.

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