RRWAA Intergrated Grappling System is a combined arts grappling system (which includes striking, weapons and a “street first” focus) compiled by Sensei Rick Ray after 45 years of training in the martial arts, having trained with some of the world’s top instructors in grappling systems as well as non grappling systems. Sensei Ray continues training with the top teachers in the world and continues to improve upon and add to RRWAA/IGS.
It is important to note that this system was not “created” by Sensei Ray, but was and is COMPILED and structured by Sensei Ray into an easy to learn progression from raw beginner to advanced student. The foundational arts that this program derives from are the following:
- The philosophy of Bujinkan Ninpo/Budo Taijutsu
- The philosophy of Jeet Kune Do
- The philosophy of Kali
- Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu
- Kukishinden Ryu Daken Taijutsu
- Shinden Fudo Ryu Ju Taijutsu
- Asayama Ichiden Ryu
- Combat Submission Wrestling
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Catch as Catch Can
- Small Circle Jiu Jitsu
The system is both gi (uniform) and no gi based grappling. And while the primary focus is on street combat and survival this system can also be used for competition (grappling) by leaving out its more dangerous techniques and strategies.
Training consists of the following methods:
- Waza (individual techniques)
- Kata (prearranged patterns of combined techniques to teach flow)
- Undo (exercises and drills to ingrain movements and concepts)
- Randori (progressive sparring to pressure test your skill)
- Shiai (competition to test skills courage fitness and ability under pressure)
There are nine grade levels before black belt (mu dansha) and they are called kyu which means “class” in Japanese they start at 9th kyu for the lowest rank and end at 1st kyu for the highest rank. There are also nine levels of black belt rank (yu dansha) called dan (don) which means “step or level” the first one is called 1st dan or Sho-dan and the last is called Ku-dan or 9th dan.
Each level is tested thoroughly by examining individual waza, combination kata, flow drills and isolated as well as all in sparring. Beyond the physical performance test there are history, terminology, philosophy and strategy and tactics tests. All students must pass each test with a minimum of 85%. If the student fails they will be allowed to test at a later date.
As a school we focus primarily on beginners to grappling and intermediate students although we can accommodate advanced students. We do NOT specialize in sport grappling so someone looking for that primarily should look elsewhere. We also do not have open rolling where people from other schools drop in and do sport sparring. We are a school and not a gym. From time to time we will open the mat and invite others to come spar in friendly rolls, but it is not something we do regularly at this time.
Who is this art good for?
Anyone male or female who wishes to learn the art of grappling for real street and survival use primarily.
This combination of arts are not taught anywhere else in the world at this time. The inclusion of the Ninja and samurai arts will give our students a significant advantage over typical BJJ or Judo players. Many of these secret techniques have only been shared with very few people around the world.
If you are interested in trying this art out for yourself please feel free to contact us at any time to set up your first class.