Martial arts, like wrestling, are ancient combat sports. They rely on leverage, good balance, explosive strength, as well as practical skills to take down an opponent and maintain a dominant position. A good martial artist must be fully aware of his surroundings and in control of his body and mind. Losing self-control means losing the fight.
But martial arts don’t just teach us how to better use our bodies and physical strength. They also teach us self-discipline and how to master our emotions. In this way, we gain confidence and self-assurance. Other benefits of martial arts include improved coordination, better reflexes, physical fitness, good muscle tone, stress relief, emotional regulation, and even better cardiovascular health.
‘The strong person is not the one who easily takes down his opponent;
rather, the strong one is the one who can control himself when he is angry.’
Rukāna b. Abī Yazīd al-Qurashi was from those who accepted Islam upon the conquering of Makkah. Known among the Arabs as the ‘Champion Wrestler’, he was undefeated, until the Prophet (SAW) offered to wrestle him on the outskirts of Makkah. The Prophet (SAW) took Rukāna down three times, which left him very perplexed. After the conquest of Makkah, Rukāna accepted Islam, no doubt due to his previous engagements with the Messenger of Allah (SAW).
Rukāna Wrestling Club
OCC’s Rukāna Wrestling Club offers lessons in traditional wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ). Students engage in a transformative sport with physical and mental benefits, while learning self-defence and self-discipline. Designed for boys and men only, from age 14+, classes are held three days a week throughout the year.
Our head instructor at the club is a 1 dan black belt in BJJ as well as a qualified wrestling coach. Grading takes place every six months, with students who show consistent development receiving a new belt every two years. We have a high success rate at Rukāna Wrestling Club, and our students participate in two local competitions every year.
BJJ classes are also available for female Madrasa students, taught by female instructors. Please get in touch to find out more.