Ground fighting

When we face a street fight or a sport fight (except where it is prohibited) is very easy to end up on the ground, for this reason let’s see some of the main causes that force us to ground fighting:

  • We are not able to manage our balance
  • We are not able to escape from locks
  • We do not know to manage distances, spaces and obstacles
  • We are too rigid in our posture and gesture
  • There we drop instinctively
  • We go to the ground voluntarily
  • The opponents lead us to earth with technical skills
  • We bind with the opponent too much and try to use only muscle power

In a lot of cases our mind tries to close the distance (we illude of being safe from beatings and at the same time to be able to beat the others). In reality when a novice is too close he is not able to hit and then he try to stand in a upper position to impose his muscolar power, he search for a dominant advantage vasting a lot of energy, so here, inevitably he fall to the ground exposing his body to:

  • Falls ruinous
  • Blocks, strangulations, levers, breakings
  • Submission positions

In general terms of self-defense to cling to the opponent is almost always wrong, it means to bind ourselves to what we should be away. If it is true that we can not always choose to go to the ground or not, it is certainly possible to:

  • Do not go there by spontaneous initiative
  • Try not to go there
  • Try to liberate us to return in a stand up stance as soon as possible

Said that, if the fight is inevitable and the escape routes are foreclosed let’s see some situations when it is a “good” idea to go to the ground:

  • When we have no chance to fight by standing (eg. a leg injury)
  • When our opponent has no direct accomplices (eg. friends) or indirect (eg. foreign interventions)
  • When we have an advanced technical knowledge in the fight to the ground (tested with high-level opponents)
  • When we are sure that the opponent does not have a technical background in ground fighting (eg. if we well know our aggressor)
  • When our opponent is more agile than us in terms of mobility (the ground cancel at once all its speed and a significant part of his reflexes)
  • When we are sure to be able to express a superior physically performance (when we exceed the opponent in strength, weight, etc.)
  • When we are less reactive in the exchange of blows, fight on the ground offers a little ‘more time for reflection (but we still talk about seconds)
  • When we can use some objects of the scenario to our advantage (a hole, a wall, etc.)

In almost all other cases, it is almost an error and a serious disadvantage to end up on the ground. In the next article we will see some techniques / ideas / tricks to avoid ending up on the ground.

Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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