far as I know the only and most popular school sponsored
sport that pits man against man is a quasi-combat arena
Today while training at the dojo I was working with
one of my favorite training partners Louis. Louis is
former active duty MP, now reservist and full time Corrections
Officer. He is one of my favorites because he trains
rough since his life may depend on it and has a very
Today we were working on various attacks and counters.
Besides practicing Yo Shin Ryu Ju Jitsu Louis also takes
Brazilian Ju Jitsu. Many times today during his counters
he reverted back into BJJ and pulled me into his guard.
Sensei caught on that I was being too nice and not continuing
As I stated in the beginning there are a bunch of people
out there that have a formal wrestling background that
may have started in a very early age. Many around three
years old. Most of the training is concentrated on the
take down and gaining control on the ground.
As I have explained to my wife time and time again boys
unlike girls can not help but wrestle each other when
they get together. It is very natural. Even men with
no formal grappling training have at least wrestled
other boys and may have found what worked for them as
far as getting someone on the ground.
Now fast forward to the trained or untrained grappler
when is about 25, standing in the parking lot of bar
getting ready to fight you. Do to either technique or
luck on his part or yours you end up on the ground.
All of a sudden he snaps into the “familiar territory”
I have written about before and being a former wrestler
he now becomes confident to try something else and realized
he needs to win the fight and there is referee there
to award him the match.
I would say that the two most obvious things he will
do is grab you by your ears/hair and smash your head
into the ground or start hammer fisting you in the head.
Maybe a choke.
Try never to fight an opponent in their area of expertise.
Running into a guy at a bar you will probably not have
any idea what his area of expertise is. It would be
my advice to stay away from the last phase of combat
being the ground if at all possible.
Again because if he has any training at all there is
a good possibility that grappling may be it. Many grappling
skills are also very gross motor, with the adrenal dump
and intoxicants even if he has other training he may
just revert to the grappling anyway.
I know all of the talk about the majority of fights
going to the ground. In real street combat this should
mean that your opponent in on the ground and you are
standing or at least in advantageous kneeling position.