Ground game for self-defense?

Some people question the idea of studying fighting on the ground, for self-defense purposes. The reasons can be different, like “it’s always better to stay on your feet”, or “bjj is too competitive, it doesn’t work on the street”, etc. My view is quite clear:

  1. In a chaotic situation, it’s very easy to fall, but very hard to get up. If you want to fight standing up, you must at least know the easiest way to get up from the situations you will wind up in if you don’t know how to fight on the ground. If you can also learn a few basic takedown defenses, the day they will come in handy you will not regret it.
  2. If you punch someone in the face and they can’t do something about it, either they will not try to take you down (and then you are fine), or they will try to take you down. If they try to take you down, and you never practised stopping that or getting back to your feet again, it’s too late to learn.
  3. Being on the ground gives you a lot of tools against people if you know what you are doing, and gives you a lot of disadvantages compared to standing up, if you don’t know what you are doing. That means that any class you take in fighting on the ground will be more easily worth it in a self-defense situation than another stand up class, if you already take those classes. Anyone can throw a straight right punch to the face, but how many mount escapes do you know?

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