Grappling for the street
Like it or not, many of the fights will end up on the ground. It is what it is. Of course, the ground in a street fight is a very dangerous place to be at for several reasons; the only thing you can control on the ground is your opponent, while in a fight you want to be able to stay alert to more things around you, such as more possible attackers, and or also people you may be in charge of protecting. So of course it's better to keep the fight standing, and to focus on getting back up once you fall. However in order to be able to increase your chances of keeping the fight on your feet, and getting up again, you must know how to fight on the ground. If you don't know ground fighting then you simply will have no idea what you're up against, and will fall down faster. Remember, on the ground the position is the main weapon. Your ground training should focus mostly on that. Be an expert on controlling positions, no less. A submission although may potentially cause a great deal of damage, is a bonus, and more sports oriented. Fighting for them may keep you on the ground way too long. Bare in mind that multiple opponents is a very common thing. Control the position and you'll be able not only to stand up faster, but also to land on your opponent damaging strikes on your way up to your feet. Train smart, stay safe, Sharir R, ICCS Head instructor.