Grappling Techniques for Self
I remember back in the seventies when kickboxing
became popular. It was said and commonly thought that kickboxing
was the "way" and that your karate or taekwondo techniques were
obsolete. In the past few years with the advent of the UFC and
other "no holds barred" tournments, that kickboxing, karate, kung
fu and just about any other striking arts were "proven" ineffective
for self defense.
Here is my view of some of the realities. First,
how often is the average person who is attacked on the street
going to come up against an experienced and trainined Brazillian
ju-jutsu practicioner or other grappling art student? Probably,
never. Why? Because most street thugs do not have the self discipline
to attend classes and practice their art for years to become good
More often those attacked are done so by ordinary
criminals who, although might be street savy, are not particularly
effecient at any martial art. For self defense to be effective
we must prepare ourselves for the 'most likely" attack. That probably
won't be from a trained grappler, trying a quick, one leg takedown.
No, more than likely is will be one of the 30 most commond street
attacks we address in Street Self Defense
Some will say that the UFC has 'proven' that grappling
is the best in all out 'fights'. While I might agree with them
in the ring (although today most of the champions have crossed
trained in the striking arts as well), street self defense is
Real self defense must consider that there is a
good chance that there may be more than one attacker. Grappling
has a definite disadvantage here.
So should one ignore grappling altogether? No, I
think that a few basics should be learned. More than that would
require a great deal of training and practice to make the technques
cognitively available under duress. One should learn the basics
so that should they find themselves on the ground with an attacker,
they can combine their striking skills with some basic grappling
knowledge that could help them survive.
It comes down to this. If you are not willing to
devote many years, several times a week, to learn grappling skills,
it may be better to just learn a few important defenses and escapes
from the ground and focus your limited time on striking skills
that are more apt to come into play in real street self defense.
Learn more about learning these skills at Street
Self Defense 101.
Shihan Michael Pace