In my blog post entitled “BJJ For RBSD” I covered several modifications that we needed to make to turn Brazilian Jujutsu into a viable Reality Based Self Defense method. There are two other important considerations that we need to be aware of as well.
The first is that in a real life ground fight, we’re not going to “submit” anybody. Let’s think this through, you’re attacked, the fight goes to the ground, you catch the bad guy in an arm bar, he taps and you let him go. NO! That’s ridiculous! All of the submission techniques taught in BJJ have to be taken to the point where you hyper-extend the joint so that it can no longer be used as a weapon against you. There’s no referee that’s going to stop the fight due to a submission. Be your own referee and tear your attacker up like a buzz saw.
The second thing we have to be aware of is the environmental factors. It’s one thing to train on a clean, smooth, flat surface for years. It’s quite another thing to ground fight in a parking lot, a stair well or the side of a hill in the woods. If you’re interested in training for RBSD, you have to train in these environments to become aware of all the various tactical challenges they present. I think you’ll find, as I did, that the two best positions to be in off of the mat is the KNEE ON BACK and KNEE ON STOMACH. Putting all of your weight on the bad guy and keeping your body from getting torn up on the ground is a really smart way to fight.
I definitely don’t recommend going to the ground in a fight. If you can’t immediately extricate yourself from the situation you may have to choke out or tear up the joints of your attacker, in order to survive the fight. Sometimes if you can’t get out of it, you have to get into it.