Winder Heads New Grappling Class at YMCA
Thursday, January 20, 2005
By Beau Derque
"Many people see grappling performed in tournaments like the Ultimate Fighting Chamoionship and become curious," said Derric Winder 31. "Submission Grappling is a very subtle martial art that impressses a lot of people with its effectiveness.
Winder, a Judo instructor, began Submission Grappling training in 1996 & began practicing Judo in 1998, then earned his black belt in 2004. Judo--a jujitsu-based martial art that uses foot- sweeping, throwing, choking and armlocking techniques--is a growing sport in the United States.
Winder has clashed with many competitors in judo and grappling tournaments in the Midwest and was pictured competing at the Show-Me State Games in the August 11, 2003 issue of Sports Illustrated.
Winder was teaching a judo class at the YMCA, but canceled it and started this class because "the rules in judo tournaments restrict many moves that submission grappling tournaments allow," he said.
"Although judo and submission grappling are similar, judo strongly emphasizes throwing techniques, whereas submission grappling places more emphasis on immobilizing your opponent with a submission hold ( knee bar or guillotine choke)."
In judo, tournament rules allow the use of armlocks and chokes. But judo tournament rules forbid any type of wrist, knee,or ankle lock, which are regularly used in submission grappling tournaments.
"Submission Grappling tournaments allow competitors much more freedom and time to work moves on the ground," Winder said. A judo match has a three-minute time limit, and competitors spend most of that time on their feet trying to throw or sweep one another. A submission grappling match, however, usually has a time limit from six - ten minutes during which competitors battle to make each other 'tap out"( slap the mat repeatedly to signal surrender) by executing a submission hold.
Winder said he decided to limit this class to adults 18 years of age or older because " it's too devastatingto see a child get hurt. In an adults-only class, everyone can focus and practice with more intensity," and not have to worry about the safety of junior martial artists.
But you don't have to practice with the hard-core intensity of those who train for tournaments. Winder said the class can be used strictly as a form of exercise. "Nothing will give you a better workout than grappling," he said." Muscles you didn't know you had will be sore, and your endurance and flexibilty will improve, along with your self-confidence."
What about those who are interested in learning self-defense? "Grappling focuses on ground- fighting techniques, so it's very practical in street situations, because almost all hand-to-hand struggles ultimately go to the ground," Winder said, adding that police officers and military personnel frequently use grappling techniques to subdue perpetrators. A variety of people come to practice. Winder added that state troopers, wrestlers, amature mma fighters, boxers, military personnel and submission specialist are in his class. . Submission Grappling classes are held on Monday and Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Sign up at Knowles YMCA, or, for additional information, contact Derric Winder at 896-5626.