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SELF-DEFENCE | FIGHTING FROM THE GROUND

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If you get taken to the ground in a high-threat violent encounter, you are in big trouble.



Intuitively, you probably know that if you end up on the floor in a fight, getting back up again is going to be damn hard. Being on the ground while your attacker is still standing is BAD, but both of you ending up down there isn't much better - especially if they are bigger and stronger than you.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experts will tell you that you actually have the ADVANTAGE when you are fighting on the ground. Well, you're probably not a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert, and even if you were, their belief simply isn't true under most conditions (i.e if there is more than one opponent, if there are weapons involved and if the opponent isn't adhering to the rules of sport BJJ).

Some self-defence instructors will recommend that you should gear all your training to NOT being taken to the ground in the first place.

Others will have you believe that learning specific escapes to the various positions an attacker might adopt to keep you on the ground isn't necessary if you just thrash around enough.

Here's some harsh truths that I have mostly learned the hard way about defending yourself on the ground:

- If your attacker has even ONE accomplice, all Jiu-Jitsu style submissions fly right out the window in an INSTANT

- Trying to wrestle someone while their friend punts you in the head or stabs you isn't the way to go

- While the primary objective when in a standing confrontation is to incapacitate your attacker, on the ground your primary object must be to GET TO YOUR FEET and then go back to plan A

- There are a handful of basic 'positions' you will find yourself in when taken to the ground in a fight, and each one has a VERY specific escape that if you do not know, you are screwed

- If you are not familiar with fighting on the ground, then when you end up there in a truly violent encounter, you are super screwed.

- Your nervous system is wired to do exactly the WRONG thing when you are on your back and being attacked; training is the only way to change this. (To be specific, the natural human response is to turn onto your belly and attempt to get up from there - but doing this when someone is on top of you is suicide)

I was training in the martial arts for around 12 years before I ever learned even one technique for ground fighting. And it was plain to see when I was invited to grapple for the first time. I had never felt so vulnerable in training before. And not long after, when I entered a full-contact Filipino Martial Arts tournament with little ground preparation, I made what I now know to be all the classic mistakes.

This was 15 years ago, and since then I have had the privilege to train with some amazing instructors in both sports-based Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / MMA and street combatives where we have focused on the ground. But of equal if not more value, is the hours of pressure-testing me and my students have done to find what really works under the pressure of real violence.

In doing so, we have boiled down realistic ground defence to a handful essential techniques and key principles that I have now been teaching for several years.


In this course we will look at:

- Drills designed to re-wire the nervous system to avoid making the 'natural' mistakes all untrained people make on the ground

- Escapes from positions in which a bigger and stronger person is on top of you

- Installing the 'default defence' for when punches are being rained down from someone on top

- Escapes from the four 'mounted' positions

- Striking on the ground - what works and what is useless

- The truth about 'biting and gouging'


(if you have any injuries or illnesses that the instructor should know about please make it known at the time of booking http://www.northlondonselfdefence.co.uk/contact-us )

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