Sunday, March 05, 2006

Inside the Ground Fight - an interview with Tony Blauer

... Cement isn't friendly. Many of the techniques that work well on a tatami mat will not flow without penalty on the street. Many times, tactics must be aborted due to pain or friction caused by concrete. ... hold your next grappling class in a parking lot and see how long it lasts and who comes back for tomorrow's class.

... how did you end up on the ground and what took you there? Was it a sucker punch? A hard tackle into a wall? ... Just for kicks (pun intended) have your training partner smack you in the head, kick you in the nuts, tackle you to the ground, and now immediately reverse the mount and transition into an arm bar.

... Now, many who don't know me may think I'm down on grappling. Absolutely not! I'm a huge fan and teach a very specific ground-fighting curriculum, the difference is my approach lies in how and when grappling is applied. Grappling is not treated like a panacea.

... In a real fight it is very difficult to secure the perimeter, or to guarantee a fair fight with no interference from the attacker's buddies; and it is near impossible to control improvised (or actual!) weapons. Fighting on concrete isn't much fun, so the less time you spend there the better all around. Tactically then, the philosophy of our groundfighting approach is 'strike when you can, grapple when you must.' This approach encourages striking over submission for real fights.

Really good interview and authoritative answers. I recommend you read it all.

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