Ground Fighting is Not the Same As Grappling

In Module 3 of the Self Defense Training System, you will learn a valuable lesson. Ground fighting is not the same as grappling.

Grappling is a skill that involves subtle maneuvering and positioning. It requires years of practice and a lot of dedication in order to become proficient. Ground fighting involves doing whatever it takes as fast as you can do it to end the fight or at least to improve your position.

Never choose the ground. It limits your mobility, it limits your striking power and ability and most of all, it leaves you vulnerable to get stomped by friends of your attacker.

Also, the ground hurts. There are broken bottles, debris, rocks, stumps, concrete and just the cold, hard ground itself will wreak havoc with your body. Did you know that concealed weapons (we show you that in Module 9 of the SDTS!) can be pulled and used from any grappling position?

When you are in a fight, the clock is ticking. It is in your best interest to end the fight as soon as possible. Methods that teach you to wait and look for an opening are not tactically sound and might get you killed.

Sports like Wrestling, Judo, Brazilian Jujitsu and Mixed Martial Arts are great and will help you in self defense if trained in conjunction with the Self Defense Training System. But make no mistake, you’re primary job when on the ground is to either get off the ground or end the fight immediately.

Here’s a video done by Damian Ross, CEO of the Self Defense Company, where he talks about ground fighting and some of the things that can be done from this position.



For contrast, check out basic ground-fighting techniques that US troops are being taught. Here is p.38 of the US Army Field Manual – Combatives. As you page through the field manual, you will notice that there are a lot of techniques to remember. With the SDTS, things are much simpler, and you don’t have to remember as much. Just one set of reliable techniques that you can apply to multiple situations.

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