Luta Livre's influence on modern day MMA is undeniable, despite the overall lack of knowledge about the art from both grapplers and fans alike. Before Luta Livre, most if not all grappling styles were rather traditional and utilized the use of a kimono. Practitioners of those arts believed so strongly in their techniques, that they felt that cross training was unnecessary and would only taint the curriculum. As we have described before, Luta Livre spawned from Catch Wrestling, but that did not stop LL Fighters from integrating Judo and other standup techniques. As time went by Luta Livre continued to evolve and cross train in other arts and eventually integrated Muay Thai into its everyday training.
Now ponder this grapplers (and fans of trane-in UFC) submission grappling as we know it today does not rely on belts, lacks the use of kimonos, and also has submissions not readily available or allowed when wearing the gi. Hmmm, sounds alot like Luta Livre. Well, one of the first things I think of when someone says MMA is grappling, closely followed by Muay Thai - which has become the industry standard over the past 10 years. Again, it seems like the Black sheep of grappling was ahead its time.
Last week we brought you Luta Lirve pioneer Daniel D'Dane showing a huge assortment of lockflows, chain wrestling and techniques from his repitoire. Check out part two of this series and get ahead of the game!