Let me tell
you how this all came about.
For many years
my training was mostly confined to stand up fighting (self
defense). I figured that if I honed my skills in stand
up fighting that I would not have to deal with grappling
or fighting on the ground.
Then came the
If you are
not familiar with the UFC it is the Ultimate Fighting
Challenge. The UFC is a professional arena where two opponents
use mixed martial arts skills to fight to a knockout,
tap out or decision.
claim there are "no rules" there are certain
illegal or disallowed strikes and techniques which are
mostly kept secret.
I will never
forget UFC #1. There where some really tough stand up
fighters in that match. Full contact kick boxers, Muay
tai fighters, experienced karate, kung fu and tae kwon
do fighters. If you didn't see it, all of these guys lost
to good grapplers and ground fighters.
It was a real
eye opener for many martial arts instructors, black belt
competitors and I think the general public as well. How
could these experienced stand up fighting experts be taken
down so easily? Why was it so easy for the grapplers to
beat the strikers?
shown us. The stand up fighters knew nothing about fighting
from the ground while the grapplers had at least some
good basic stand up skills. Today of course, this has
all changed, as the current UFC participants are well
rounded fighters who can fight standing as well as on
Look, you are
not apt to having to face a skilled UFC fighter on the
street, nor do you probably have the time or inclination
to train that long or hard. You need some good basic skills
to stop the mugger, rapist or street thug.
So, being a
martial arts innovator, I set out to learn how I could
improve my ground fighting skills in a way that was 'street'
focused, was easy to learn and execute, and would work
in most realistic street situations.
It had to be
simple. It had to include striking. It had to be quick
and easy to learn. I set this criteria because I know
that without those qualities most of my students probably
wouldn't 'get it' or if they did, it would never work
on the street anyway.
The most often
overlooked obstacle to effective street self defense is
dealing with the adrenaline rush which is the natural
effect of real aggression. Loss of fine motor coordination,
the shakes, tunnel vision, auditory exclusion (you can't
hear much) and loss of most of your cognitive thinking
are the main negative effects of the "adrenal dump"
as we like to call it.
What this means
is simplicity and directness are key. Complication is
the enemy. Stick with things that are simple to learn,
easy to execute and very effective.
years of trial and error, looking for simple solutions
and effective street self defense techniques on the ground,
we developed what has become:
Self Defense 101 Volume III
is what I it contains:
fall if you are pushed or knocked to the ground. Simple
enough, but the ground can "hit" harder
than most men. Knowing how to go down without cracking
your head or damaging your spine is critical to prevent
permanantly damaging your body but also to winning
the fight or escaping the attack.
ground positions. The best and easiest ways to position
your body if you find yourself on the ground.
kick from the ground against a standing opponent.
Your legs are your primary weapons in this situation.
do if your opponent grabs one or both of your primary
weapons (your legs or ankles) while you are down.
Knowing these techniques is vital to prevent your
attacker from mounting you.
and leg takedowns.
against a 'side attack'. What to do if your first
line of attack is breached.
execute the tactical or combat 'stand up'. Knowing
how and just as importantly when to get to your feet,
when the opportunity arrises.
against the worst possible position, the rear attack
when on the ground.
drills from the ground against a standing opponent.
How to move, kick and position yourself.
against chokes and punching attacks when your opponent
has mounted you.
the side mounted headlock (several escapes).
against a single or double leg takedown.
from the guard and the mounted positions (and what
against the side mount in various positions.
against a body smother or any similar position where
your opponent is on top and using their weight to
try and crush or smother you.
against a mounted opponent that has you 'pinned' to
up grappling. How to control the attack while still
standing the instant before it goes to the ground.
This is important so that you position yourself to
be in the superior position when you hit the deck!