It's the worst-case scenario in a street fight: Ending up on the ground.
When you're on the ground, you're in very big danger of getting stomped to death.
That's especially true if your attacker has buddies.
Once you're down they'll be more than happy to jump in.
And that means they'll put the boots to you while you can do NOTHING.
So how do you protect yourself where groundfighting is concerned?
I talked to expert Nick Farooqui about groundfighting survival tips, and here is a summary of what he had to say.
How NOT To Get Stomped To Death!
The fact is, there is no secret to staying off the ground.
No matter how hard you try, eventually, you'll make a mistake and end up there.
You also might be taken by surprise and tackled to the ground before you have time to think about what to do.
There are infinite variables.
Environmental awareness is critical.
Eventually, though, you could end up on the ground when your attacker isn't.
That's when things could get deadly… because when you're on the ground and he is standing, he could stomp you to death.
Here are three tips you need to remember when fighting on the ground:
1. You Can't Move And Stand At The Same Time
The objective of street grappling and groundfighting is to GET BACK ON YOUR FEET AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
Only when you are on your feet do you have the maneuverability to get out of trouble.
When you're on the ground, you are a target.
But… you can't move and stand at the same time.
The two are mutually exclusive.
If you try to move and stand, you'll end up getting knocked down and overwhelmed.
THAT will lead to getting stomped to death.
Focus on getting to your feet, THEN moving out of danger.
2. Always Read The Situation
This raises the critical question, though:
How do you know when your opening happens so you can get back on your feet?
It hinges on awareness.
Awareness can make a huge difference.
Read the situation to find your openings.
You've got to wait for an opportunity so you don't just get kicked unconscious when you try to get up.
When you try to get back to your feet, it has to be when you have the opening to do so — not when you're just giving him a chance to kick your lights out.
3. Do NOT Get Knocked Out
If you get knocked out, that's it.
You're going to get stomped into the dirt.
When you're unconscious, you are completely helpless…
…and we've seen too many cop-car dashcam videos of what happens to cops, training professionals, who make the mistake of getting knocked out.
To stay awake, you've got to protect your head, throat, and lungs.
These are all vulnerable points that, when struck, could lead to getting knocked out.
You've got to stay awake to stay alive!
Keep these tips in mind if you ever find yourself on the ground.
They could be the difference between surviving and getting stomped to death.