At the Academy we divide our grappling practices up into Escapes, Takedowns and Submissions along with learning the fundamentals of clinching and controlling.
We often practice these techniques separately to build proficiency in the techniques. However, more importantly, we blend them into Kumite to deal with the chaos of a resisting opponent.
Throughout training at the academy you will discover the parallels of Tegumi and Kata and how both practices can complement each other.
Knowing how to grapple is very important for overall combat as it will increase proficiency of general self-defence.
Old school Okinawan masters have said that the Tegumi of their younger days helped a great deal with their Karate.
The Okinawans, just like most cultures, have developed wrestling. The result was a rough and tumble bout where the winner was decided by submission, through joint locks, strangles or pinning.
Today, Tegumi has a strict set of rules and is still practiced widely. Although the art still exists today, it is a shadow of its former self, where two opponents wrap their hands around each other’s belt and attempt to trip each other.
With the full art of Tegumi now lost, all we need do is look at other grappling arts and blend them together to seek the same things a Tegumi player would have done in the first place.