Real Ground Fighting Street Fight Tactics: How To Pound A Grounded Attacker!

Jeff Anderson

You’ve heard the statistics before, and most of them are made up on the spot.

“X percent of fights go to the ground!”

It’s hard to attach a real number to that, but in a real street fight, it is very likely you could end up on the ground.

On your back on the pavement is the last place you want to be.

You can’t fight back while you’re on the ground…

…and you could easily get stomped to death.

But, you might be saying, maybe I’m the one on top.

Maybe it’s him who’s on his back on the pavement.

Well, even if you have the opponent on his back and you are on top, your options are still limited.

I spoke with combatives expert Damian Ross about this, and here is a run-down of what he told me.

How To Pound A Grounded Attacker!

Street Fight Ground Fighting Tactics: Ground & Pound
Damian Ross

Fighting on the ground limits your ability to use your body’s weapons.

Even in a superior position, doing effective damage to the opponent can be hard.

There are certain strikes or attacks that work best on the ground when you’re on top of your attacker.

Using these could give you the advantage you need when you are essentially performing “the old ground and pound” on the enemy.

Until you find yourself in this position, you won’t be prepared for how what you might normally do won’t work well.

1. Open Hand Strikes

First of all, when you’re on top of a grounded attacker, use open-hand blows.

These are the heel of the hand and the edge of the hands.

The reason these work is that they take advantage of the body’s natural weapons.

Your knuckles are relatively fragile, and if you strike something hard with them — like a skull — you run the risk of hurting yourself badly.

Unlike a closed fist, when you strike with the edge of the hand or the heel of the palm, you can hit a relatively hard object without hurting yourself.

There’s another reason that you need to use the heel of the hand or the edge of the hand, though, that has nothing to do with the skull and how hard it is.

That is that you might miss.

2. Arcing Strikes

If you miss the attacker’s head, you could strike the ground.

That means hitting pavement in a lot of cases, or at the very least a hard floor.

There is nothing worse than smashing your knuckles onto pavement.

You can’t operate a gun or effectively manipulate a knife after you’ve done that.

Use an arcing type of motion, not a linear strike.

(Avoid straight punches, in other words.)

That way, if you do miss the attacker’s face, you won’t be slamming your hand directly into whatever is on either side of it.

If he moves his head six inches to either side, it’s all over for your hand.

3. One Knee Up, One Knee Down

While you’re on top of your attacker, keep one knee up and one knee down.

This helps you maintain your balance.

When he covers up — and he’s going to, with you beating on him — hack his arm with the edge of your hand.

Move his arm out of the way and continue to target his neck and head.

Pin the arm if you can.

Once you get his arms out of the way, he’s done like dinner.

Remember, this isn’t a give and take like in sparring.

You have to tap into your natural bloodlust and go as hard as you can.

Even if you’re in great shape, a confrontation like this will leave you exhausted.

You’ve got to recover from the adrenaline dump and do what you have to do.

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[MMA Dry Fire Handgun Drill For Concealed Carry] Shoot Your Way Out Of A Ground And Pound

MMA Dry Fire Drill For Concealed Carry: Shoot Your Way Out Of A Ground And Pound

You may have heard this before…

“80% of all fights end up on the ground!”

Whatever that number REALLY is, the bottom line is that, to defend yourself in a real attack, you’d better know how to fight back when you’re knocked on your @#$ or dragged down by your attacker.

Same goes for a gunfight

As much as you’d like to think you can get to your gun with your well-practiced 1-second draw, Murphy’s Law states that you’ll never even see the attack coming and you could find yourself lying flat on your back before you even get a chance to lay a finger on your concealed firearm.

Here’s a simple drill you can do to better prepare for an ambush attack that forces you to defend from the ground…

Home Dry-Fire Handgun Drill For Shooting From The Ground!

MMA Dry Fire Drill For Concealed Carry: Shoot Your Way Out Of A Ground And Pound
MMA Dry Fire Drill For Concealed Carry: Shoot Your Way Out Of A Ground And Pound

First the setup…

This dry-fire drill works best with an airsoft or other replica gun (like a “blue gun” or SIRT laser pistol) but if you use your own weapon, be sure to unload ALL ammo (don’t even have any in the room), clear the weapon safely; and then have someone double-check there are no rounds at all in the gun.

Also, it’s best to do this exercise on a padded mat or carpeted floor for safety – and give yourself plenty of room.

And finally, you can do this dry-fire drill with any sort of target (or even just aiming at a light switch), but if you can find a willing training partner, it will be much more realistic.

Now, here’s how the drill goes…

Step 1: Place your safe weapon in your regular concealment holster.

Step 2: With partner or target within arm’s reach, fall onto your back.

Make sure you lead with the buttocks and roll backwards so you’re not slamming your back onto the ground and injuring yourself.

Also, as you’re falling, make sure you keep your feet toward your “attacker”. (This is critical in a real attack!)

Step 3: Perform a series of aggressive “bicycle kicks” to practice keeping your attacker at bay.

In between kicks, draw your training pistol as quickly as you can.

(btw… this is where you’ll get the cold, hard truth about how your method of carry will either help you – or hurt you – when trying to fight from the ground!)

Step 4: Once drawn, cross your ankles near the ground and place your weapon between your knees.

This is a little known trick for “ground-shooting” that steadies your aim by stabilizing your arms against your legs as you engage your target.

The Truth About Dry-Fire Drills…

This is just one example of a simple dry-fire drill that only takes a few minutes to do… but as you can see – it’s far more realistic and effective than your typical range training, right?

In fact, if you own a firearm and want to keep your skills sharp enough to truly feel secure that you can protect yourself and those you love, then you absolutely MUST make simple dry-fire drills like this a part of your weekly routine.

However, it’s pretty hard to find drills that are easy… realistic… AND fun!

We put together 67 exciting dry-fire drills for all kinds of scenarios (ambushes; home invasion; multiple attackers; vehicle attacks; and more) and if you’re truly serious about using a gun for personal defense, you can pick all 67 dry-fire drills up right here…

Just one warning…

Once you get started, dry-fire drills are pretty addicting! 🙂

You can get our best-selling collection of scenario-based dry-fire drills right here…

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