I started wrestling when I got into MMA training. It was dedicated wrestling classes with a former D1 wrestler and pro fighter.
We weren’t allowed to submit, much less pull guard, and drilled takedown finishes, technical sprawls, get ups, you name it.
For wrestling you need to have a game plan to get past the tie up, grab a leg, and finish the takedown.
It seems many people view takedowns as one move, rather than a series of steps leading to the takedown that must be drilled individually the same way we drill sweeps, passes, and submissions both on their own and chained together in BJJ
It took about six months to have any decent takedown consistency, and I’ve pretty much wrestled as much as possible ever since.
I believe it was one of the best investments I’ve made outside of drilling BJJ.
The base and pressure you learn from being solid on your feet transfers well to any standing pass as well as many of the battles you find yourself in when in the front headlock/turtle positions, top and bottom.
That being said, wrestling is SO much harder than jiu jitsu on the body and cardio. There were typically 4 guys in the class: 3 regulars and a guy trying it who wouldn’t end up coming back.
Was it worth it to me?
Yes, but it was a massive time and energy investment. Probably I spent about as much time wrestling as I did to earn my BJJ blue.
I’ve never rolled with a good judo guy who wasn’t also a great wrestler, most guys at my school who have standup have done some of both, so it’s hard for me to say whether judo or wrestling is better.
I did take judo for 4 months before BJJ and I hated all the traditional crap. A lot of the class was spent lining up and bowing, like before every drilling session, and that shit got old quick.
Most wrestling classes on the other hand are really chill culture-wise. Just hard on the body.