If There Is Room To Move There Is Room To Escape
In this short video, Sifu is talking about ground fighting. There are many people out there that underestimate kung fu practitioners when it comes to ground fighting. In this video clip, there are some key things Sifu is saying…
- Hook The Leg So You Can’t Be Thrown
- Notice How He Stays Very Tight To His Opponent
When it comes to ground fighting, you don’t want to force the issue. Rather you want your opponent to exhaust himself/herself and then when they run out of steam take advantage of their mistake.
Early on in the UFC we seen fights that lasted 30 minutes or longer because in some cases that’s how long it takes before your opponent gets tired. Of course, you can employ dirty fighting techniques to end a fight more quickly. However, due to rules many of those real-world techniques are forbidden in tournaments and for good reason.
Ground Fighting – The non – tournament way
One aspect I love about Wing Chun is the hand skill you develop. Applying the principles of Wing Chun and Tai Chi to ground fighting can be deadly effective. One thing I noticed is that some people watched our videos and they said. Oh that would never work because I would do this or that. Or comments like if you try that against a real Jujitsu man it would never work.
Whilst I didn’t choose to engage in a flame war on YouTube, I thought to myself…
What you don’t see in youtube videos is the energy being used. A trained eye can see it however to an untrained eye they miss the finer details.
I like to believe we are all equal. I don’t believe in styles, all that really matters is a person’s experience, skill & sensitivity. You really can develop all three in any martial art. It’s not the style that makes the man, it is the man that makes the style…
Wing Chun Applied To Ground Fighting
Over time we started seeing the UFC adopt a Ground and Pound mentality. What you started seeing was stronger fighters dominating the weaker fighters. The reason for this A. It’s more entertaining than watching 2 guys roll around on the ground for a half-hour and B. The rules changed to favor the ground and pound fighter.
History of Ground Fighting AKA Grappling
The Bible, The Iliad, and the Indian Vedas all mention wrestling techniques that incorporate grappling. Pále, a sport popularized by the ancient Greeks and featured prominently at the Olympic Games, employed this method in ancient Greek wrestling. For points, wrestlers touched each other on the shoulder, hip or back to the ground.
During the Middle Ages, grappling spread from Japan to France and England. Freestyle wrestling, Judo, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu were all influences on grappling over time. Unarmed combat was integrated with weaponry in the development of Ju-Jutsu from 1467 to 1573.
Classic Ju-Jutsu athletes who practiced armored grappling preferred weapons like daggers, sickles, chains, and swords. Arm- and leglocks, as well as choking, were common tactics used by these wrestlers to take their opponents’ weapons. Today, the latter is considered unacceptable.
When it comes to taking down their opponents, several grappling champions rely on Sambo and other catch-all maneuvers from the Sambo style. Traditional Ju-Jutsu techniques, such as submission grappling, are frequently employed by self-defense instructors.
To win a match, a player must touch their hip, shoulder, and back to the ground, and these motions are rewarded with points. Competitors can also tap out of a battle if they are in too much agony to continue or if they simply want to save their energy.
My Opinion Of Ground Fighting
For starters, you better know what you are doing. A good ground fighter knows their game. In a real fight, you never really know what is going to happen including getting wrapped up and going to the ground. In a situation where you are in a crowded environment, it can be easy to get taken to the ground.
Bottom Line: Pay your dues and learn some ground fighting techniques. They could save your life or at the very least save you from being put in a rear-naked choke.