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Defending Yourself on the Ground/Standing

There is an old saying in the martial arts community that says 90% of fights end up on the ground. I believe this is debatable. However, enough fights do result in going to the ground so it would be foolish not to prepare for this. Therefore GM Barry Elwood BESDKS has plenty of techniques in our system to protect against falls to defend against common ground attacks and defend ourselves on ground vs standing attacker. As with most things GM Barry Elwood’s BESDKS for the Streets borrows and adapts techniques and knowledge from other systems such Kenpo, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling etc. Our approach is different in that we avoid fighting on the ground if possible, and if we do end up on the ground then our aim is to get up as quickly as possible rather than try to “submit the opponent. Let’s discuss the reasons why we want to avoid fighting on the ground. The ground may injure you! Throwing based martial arts such as BJJ, Combat Sport MMA, Wrestling, Judo and etc. Are taught on nice foam mats which have been designed to protect our feet, knees, hands, body, and head from taking unnecessary punishment, thereby protecting us from all kinds of injury. By contrast real self-defense situations can occur anywhere pavement with rocks glass and other random debris that can pierce cut or bruise us etc. Imagine now if you were to go to the pavement outside an roll around a bit and see how it feels on your body. Then imagine somebody is on you, trying to punch you, kick you, or you are trying to defend kicks and stomps from standing attacker There may be more than one attacker Arm bars, headlocks, triangles, and etc. all look super cool when they work. However, it takes years of practice to be able to pull these off consistently in a competitive situation. In a street situation the attacker is likely to also be attacking you with strikes also and might even have a weapon such as a knife so it would be even more difficult. Combat Sport MMA would prepare you for the strikes but not the weapon attacks or multiple opponents. More importantly if you are overcoming an attacker and his standing friend kicks you in the head, its game over. If you are grappling someone on the ground, you will be fully engaged with that person and you lose all situational awareness. That means you are fully open to any additional attacker. There are no rules in street fighting. We have to assume there is more than one attacker so the longer we are wrestling with one on the ground the higher chance there is that standing attacker will join in. Tactically we have much better chances of defending ourselves when we are standing even if that means running away. Size does matter a lot and you’ll tire fast There is a reason that sport competitions in BJJ, Combat Sport MMA, Wrestling, Judo have weight classes a bigger, stronger person has a massive advantage. Moreover, even if you are of similar size and strength to your opponent, ground fighting is extremely tiring. Unless you are extremely skilled you will have a much better chance of defending yourself standing against a larger and/or stronger attacker. GM Barry Elwood BESDKS Art has Ground Fighting & Defensive Techniques Learn to protect yourself as you fall or are wrestled to the ground. Some of our basic ground techniques involve rolls and breakfalls to prevent injury when transitioning from standing to ground if we are pushed, fall, thrown or wrestled. If we are proficient here, we can avoid injury as we fall and also quickly transition to counter attacking. Learn releases vs common attacks when attacker is on the ground also Our system includes defenses against attackers on the ground and we have defenses against all common attacks. These include the Combat Sport MMA type attacks such as headlocks strikes etc. as well as the more malicious attacks such as chokes or knife attacks. BESDKS Mixed Martial Arts defenses different from Combat Sport MMA or BJJ is that as with standing defenses we target vulnerable points eyes groin throat etc. These do not depend on size or strength, thereby allowing a smaller person to defend against a large male attacker, for example, overcoming the issue of the bigger, stronger attacker. Our objective is to counterattack, get separation from the attacker and get to our feet as quickly as possible. We are not interested in making a submission on the ground. Learn to defend yourself on the ground against standing attacker in cases we have fallen pushed, tripped of been thrown the attacker is standing and we are on the ground. We learn defenses to protect ourselves against standing attacker who may be trying to kick, stomp, strike or grab us. At the very least it is essential to protect ourselves from strikes to our head, groin and organs. Combat is too chaotic and there are too many variables. Look at the totality of combat and become a BESDKS Street-Smart Martial Art Fighter. Our Mixed Martial Arts for The Streets ground/standing / fighting strategy is, put simply,   “Whatever it takes."