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What is the Difference Between Catch Wrestling and BJJ?

CACC’s Roots in Wrestling: CACC originated in Great Britain during the 19th century, evolving from various styles of folk wrestling. It gained popularity in the United States and Japan, becoming a cornerstone in the early days of modern professional wrestling. CACC emphasizes a blend of grappling techniques, including holds, throws, and submissions, with a notable focus on aggressive tactics and pinning opponents.

BJJ’s Brazilian Genesis: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, on the other hand, traces its lineage to the early 20th century in Brazil, where it was developed by the Gracie family after being exposed to traditional Japanese Jujutsu and Judo. BJJ focuses on ground fighting and submission holds, prioritizing technique and leverage over brute strength, making it effective for practitioners of all sizes.

CACC’s Diverse Arsenal: CACC is renowned for its versatile and aggressive approach. Practitioners employ a wide range of techniques, including joint locks, chokeholds, and throws. The style encourages improvisation and adaptation, allowing for a more dynamic and unpredictable combat strategy.

BJJ’s Ground Mastery: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in contrast, is highly specialized in ground fighting. BJJ practitioners are experts in gaining and maintaining control on the ground, using a sophisticated system of guards, sweeps, and submissions. This focus on ground techniques makes BJJ particularly effective in self-defense scenarios and mixed martial arts (MMA).


CACC’s Emphasis on Submission and Pins: In CACC, training often involves a combination of wrestling drills, sparring (or ‘rolling’), and conditioning. The competitive aspect of CACC involves both submission and pinning an opponent, reflecting its wrestling heritage.

BJJ’s Rank and Sparring System: BJJ training is structured around a belt system that signifies a practitioner’s skill level, ranging from white to black belt. Sparring in BJJ, often referred to as ‘rolling’, is a key component of training, allowing students to apply techniques in a controlled, yet realistic environment. BJJ competitions are predominantly focused on submissions, with points awarded for dominant positions.

CACC’s Impact on Professional Wrestling and MMA: CACC has significantly influenced the world of professional wrestling and has been a foundational element in the development of modern MMA. Its aggressive style and diverse techniques have been adopted by many top-level MMA fighters.

BJJ’s Dominance in MMA: BJJ’s effectiveness in MMA was first showcased in the early Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) by the Gracie family, particularly Royce Gracie. BJJ’s emphasis on submissions and ground control has since become a staple in the skillset of successful MMA fighters.

CACC’s Combat-Ready Approach: CACC retains a strong focus on practicality and combat readiness, mirroring its roots in catch wrestling and early vale tudo (anything goes) competitions.

BJJ’s Gentle Art Philosophy: BJJ, often referred to as ‘the gentle art’, emphasizes the use of technique and leverage over strength. This philosophy extends beyond the mat, promoting discipline, respect, and personal growth.

In summary, while CACC and BJJ share the common realm of grappling, their differences in origin, technique, training methodology, and philosophical approach set them apart as distinct and respected martial arts disciplines. Whether one chooses the versatile and aggressive style of CACC or the technical and strategic depth of BJJ, both paths offer a rich journey in the world of martial arts.

BJJ and MMA Articles

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Here are some BJJ and MMA articles that Ron Dayley has written that covers what it’s like to be a trainer for MMA and BJJ fighters / students. Ron wrote these articles while he was running MMA and BJJ Academy in Clarksville TN.

To Elbow or not to elbow, to Heel Hook or not to heel hook

Things I’ve seen over the years in MMA and BJJ

Shut up and get on the F-ing mat.

Things that go on at the gym – MMA and BJJ edition

That’s not how my old teacher taught me

Ron Rolling at SSF with Chris

Coach’s blog – Hot Dogs and Onions. Wash your BJJ and MMA gear and yourself!

Worst training injuries in MMA and BJJ

How to train in Grappling ( BJJ, MMA, Catch, Sambo…)

When is a MMA fighter ready to turn Pro?

When is a MMA fighter ready to turn Pro, part 2

Promotion ethics in regional MMA

I have been teaching MMA and BJJ for a very long time in Clarksville TN. I have owned gyms in several states and overseas where we have produced champions. I now only teach MMA and BJJ Seminars and some personal MMA and BJJ lessons.