Grappling is a hybrid sport formed of wrestling, judo, sambo and jiujitsu whose art consists in forcing the opponent to admit he/she cannot escape the maneuver without harm. USA Wrestling and the United States Grappling Association feel that it is honorable for an athlete to accept his/her own defeat. However, the grapplers must be properly informed of the correct actions and reactions to adopt in the various submission situations. In accordance with the general philosophy of sport, the grapplers are required to honor the values of sportsmanship and fair play and they shall never intentionally injure a fellow sportsman in competition.
USA Wrestling and USGA tournaments compete under the UWW international rules.