Striking on the Ground
Traditionally neglected by most grappling arts, striking on the ground is an important aspect of ground fighting. Typically, a top position is better for various strikes than a bottom position, simply because the combatant in the top position can generate the distance and movement needed for effective strikes, while the bottom combatant is restricted by the ground and by the combatant on top. Another factor is gravity, which is in favor of the top combatant when they are striking downwards. In addition, the effect of ground strikes may be amplified, depending on the area struck, by the strike driving the opponent into the ground. The types of strikes that can be employed effectively depend on the particular grappling position, common ones include elbows, headbutts, knees and punches.
Ground Combat is more a concept of moving between limbs at close quarters and is directly related to the stand-up fighting aspect, the fundamentals being almost identical. At longer ranges, or against multiple or armed opponents, most grappling systems reach the limit of their application, technique permutations quickly break down as the factors exponentially spiral out of control. In my Ground Combat, tthese questions are part of training process and considered just an expansion of the tactical awareness required for ground level combat. And as far as I can tell only fundamental concepts and an intuitive approach can work in these cases
Here at LSDU we firmly believe that Ground Combat is essential in any self-defender’s arsenal of skills. Most if not all fights end up on the ground. We have heard of people being curbing stomped to critical condition if not death from the news. You will learn to fight both on your feet and from on the ground at LSDU.
Difference between Grappling and Ground Combat
1. Standing or On the Ground (Judo, Wrestling, BJJ)
2. Competitive Mindset (seeking points, submission or pin)
3. One on One
4. Often divided into weight classes or skill levels (not limited to this)
5. Weaponry Not Included
6. Mass Attack Not Included
7. Majority of training is for competition, and uses mats suitable for grappling
8. Easier and much safer to train
9. Agreed engagement
10. Striking may be limited
1. In specific to combat that has ended up on the ground
2. Survival Mindset (not about winning by points, submission, or pin)
3. May involve many attackers
4. No weight classes, clothing requirements
5. Weaponry is trained (offensively and defensively)
6. Training includes a variety of surfaces, lighting conditions, and other variables
7. Needs “grappling” methods to train safely
8. Typically resulting in ambush type of attack
9. No rules. All is fair game!
Ultimately the major difference between Grappling and Ground Combat is the main objective. In Grappling matches, you can “win” by many methods and typically have a partner who is willing to play the chess match on the floor with us. But in Ground Combat, there are only 2 objectives;
a) Get back to your feet -or-
b) Control/Restrain someone by applying positional dominance or control tactic.
For those of you who train in arts such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling etc , keep the other factors in mind. Introduce the “street” game into your training and train your grappling against a knife, or against multiple attackers. Take that match out into the grass, snow, or pavement (safely). Put on some boxing gloves and a mouth piece and drill the striking aspects into the match. Bring in someone who is bigger, stronger, and even untrained but very aggressive. These items will improve your abilities on the ground, and give you a different outlook on Ground Combat. If anyone can adapt to this variable…it is YOU!
White Belts are expected to rely on (Speed, Power, Strength and Explosiveness) * This is the belt of paying your dues. This belt is where you will spend most of the time, on your back. You usually end up doing most of the tapping as well. The best description I can give, is “feeling like a rag doll”. Consider tapping as a "Form of learning", a way of "paying your dues".
Orange Belts understand that it is a belt of Survival. It is the next step in the learning process, where you learn to escape from most of the inferior positions.
This is the belt of understanding. Understanding of your opponent and yourself. This is the first time you actually feel like you have some control. Like a Chess Game - One wrong move, checkmate. Or you see 3 moves ahead, and you start baiting your opponent. Muscling through is no longer an option....Dominant Body positioning is key.
This is where it all comes together. This is the place where as a white and Orange Belt you had wished to be since the beginning. It's been a long journey, lots of ups and downs, it's been fun. This is where you get to take revenge (Without hurting them) upon all the new White Belts.
This is the point where all things collide. Your ground game is solid (Rolling with Black Belts is common place), you have worked your stand-up, throws have taken on a life of their own. You are at the stage of refining your techniques. Teaching new students becomes priority #1, puts a clarity in your skills.
This is it - You've made it! You have combined exceptional skill, with conditioning, perseverance, determination, the ability to apply pressure, while mastered leverage and balance.
MMA was created for both Cagefighting Competition & Hard-Core Street Self-Defense. Shifu Zhao Hui blends combative techniques & concepts from the arts of; Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu-Jitsu, JKD, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qin Na (Chinese Grappling), Wrestling, Kickboxing, & Boxing!
No one culture, creed, race, religion, or martial art can have a monopoly on truth. There is but one truth, however, many ways to get there. Thus, introducing, The Way of No Way as guide or premise on your search for truth and exploration of the martial art, which is ultimately, self-exploration and problem-solving.
“A champion is somebody that never gives up. A champion is somebody that gets back up when you’re knocked down. A champion is somebody that doesn’t make excuses and works hard and grinds forward on what he wants to achieve,”
My philosophy is simple; the training that i employ needs to be functional, realistic and enjoyable. The training should be easy enough that the students/practitioners will understand the concept and mechanic. I used drills, live sparring and rolling to shorten the response time, and allowed the students to effectively applied what they have learn.