Written by Greg Ellifritz
I’ve been grappling all my life. I started wrestling in Junior High. In college, I studied Judo and Japanese Jiujitsu (getting brown belts in both). I’ve taken a lot of Brazilian Jiujitsu seminars and numerous police groundfighting instructor courses. I’m comfortable fighting on the ground.
Even with all my training and experience, I still don’t want to go to the ground if I can avoid it. Too many bad things can happen. Steve Rodriguez once said: “In the real world, there will always be more than one and there will always be weapons involved.” Both of these “real world” realities will ruin your groundfight plan.
Watch the video below for a perfect example. Two teens are fighting on the ground. The mother of the losing teen intervenes by kicking the other boy in the head…knocked out cold. Don’t watch the video if vulgar language offends you…
See how easy it is to lose awareness? See how vulnerable you are to another attacker? Too many bad things can happen. It isn’t cool to get knocked out by your attacker’s mom. Stay off the ground if you can!