How to avoid contacts that lead to ground fighting

In most cases, what precedes a fight to the ground is a grasping or a projection attempt (by us or our opponent). So let’s see, in a self-defense situation, some useful tips to avoid ending up on the ground:

  • Let’s avoid to grab the opponent (it’s a way as any to risk falling)
  • We have to try to avoid him to grab us, we have to keep distance and all of our limbs in motion
  • We ave to avoid applying levers and controls (we opt for breaks but only if we are in real danger)
  • Let’s do not try to throw the opponent if not channeling his strength (again we must avoid any kind of “prolonged” contact)
  • Let’s do not insist in applying a technique, we have to let the clash to flow freely
  • We have to change strategy and rhythm every moment when fail the conditions of the previous advantage (or the last balance situation)

Including this we proceed with the discussion and see how to avoid ending up on the ground when we are already in close contact, when we have already made mistakes that have put us in a situation of “relative disadvantage”.

For example, if our opponent tries to project us to the ground, he needs first to get us in condition of imbalance, if our center of gravity is factored we have only one possibility: using the body and the strength of the opponent to restore it.

Although it is not always feasible, we can try to:

  • Cling to him (we need speed, reflexes and spatial intelligence)
  • Staying in close contact and in a raised position with respect to him
  • Hold his head vigorously and preferably including some form of temporary strangulation
  • Drag in an unfavorable ground position the opponent’s body
  • Return the force he uses to project ourselves cyclically (eg. with a spiral, as in Tai Chi)
  • Use the force he uses to project us to drop to the ground only him (Tai Chi)
  • Assume a solid grounding position (eg. “ma bu”, the horse stance, we’ll talk in more depth later)
  • Use a full body wave motion to free ourselves and / or to make the opponent falling down (Tai Chi)

If the knockdown is ultimately inevitable, it is necessary to understand it immediately and to project our thoughts to the next action; for example, we can try to:

  • Fall in a favorable position (eg. elevated) or not too disadvantageous (eg. with arms locked)
  • Falling in order to continue the fight in advantage (eg. by blocking one or more opponent’s limbs)
  • Assume a useful position to get up quickly
  • Untie us from the adversary so we can roll away and get up immediately
  • Fall trying to bring harm to the opponent (eg. a contusion)
  • Arrange our body so as to obscure the view opponent’s view
  • Hitting our opponent in sensitive points that force him to let us go (at least the necessary time to get up)

There would be many other things to say but we will have time to go into detail and deepen better every tactic we have mentioned. In the next article we will talk instead of fight on the ground.

Author: Master Kongling

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