That’s how I’d describe most Karate people when they get thrown to the ground. (I know, because I used to be one of them.)
Because sadly, many Karate schools don’t teach reality-based self-defense tactics. And reality, by its pure definition, will always involve an element of ground fighting; whether it’s you lying on the ground, or your opponent. Hence, if you don’t know the very basics of ne-waza (ground techniques), you’ll never be fully capable of handling the inherently unpredictable nature of a physical encounter – along with the unique demands it places on you in terms of physical stress, tactical skills and situational awareness.
In other words, the ground is a dark and evil place.
So don’t make the mistake of not practicing for it.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) legend Rickson Gracie probably said it the best:
”I am a shark, the ground is my ocean and most people can’t even swim.” – Rickson Gracie.Amen.
Truth be told, I’m not an expert at ground fighting. I am neither a grappling wizard nor a submission artist. In fact, my first full-contact fight was actually lost on the ground, due to a basic armbar setup which I had never encountered before.
But I can’t lie:
I still secretly giggle when I see the fear in the eyes of visiting Karate-ka to our dojo, as they are thrown to the ground and outwrestled without having any experience in the realm of ground-based fighting.
The reaction is always one of the following:
- Sprawl ‘n brawl… (panic)
- …or ground ‘n pound (anger).
- But usually they just lay ‘n pray (fear).
I hope not.
But if you do, and if you want to know how to improve your understanding of ne-waza, this will be the perfect article for you. And hey, it doesn’t even matter if you consider Karate a sport or martial art.
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