JKD Grappling is the lifework of Micks main instructor and mentor Sifu Larry Hartsell. At the time of Sigung Bruce Lee’s death there was only 33 formal grappling techniques encouraged by Lee. Hartsell researched the grappling arts for more than 30 years. The arts of Jeet Kune Do, Filapino Kali, Silat and Kali use studied alongside Shooto or Shoot Wrestling, Russian Sombo and Catch Wrestling as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Shoot Wrestling is a Japanese hybrid of Muay Thai, Savate, Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling and was introduced to the U.S.A by Sifu Hartsells teacher Yori Nakamura a top instructor under Satori Sayama the arts founder. It consists of throws and takedowns as well as arm and leg locks. Some of the best fighters in mixed martial arts come out of shoot wrestling camps. One such notable fighter is Eric Paulson who is another Larry Hartsell student. Eric is now a top coach in MMA to people like Ken Shamrock, Brock Lesner and Josh Barnett. Kazushi Sakuraba also known as The Gracie Killer is another Shooto protégé.
Russian Sombo is used for its unusual takedowns and vast array of leg locks,. The Russian military also train in Sombo for its combat effectiveness. A lot of Eastern European MMA fighters use Sombo for their grappling. Sifu Larry Hartsell learnt from a vast variety of teachers including Gokor Chivichyn a famous Sombo competitor and coach.
Catch as Catch Can is an old style of wrestling utilising throws, takedowns and lots of old time techniques such as Boston crabs and half nelsons as well as heel hook and ankle and toe-foot holds.
Early Lancashire catch is also taught into the mix which Mick learned a lot of from Sifu Larry.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a 90% ground art which uses the opponents strength against them using superior leverage and skill.