Avoid the Ground

Posted: February 20, 2018 by urbantacticskravmaga in Krav Maga Principles


Attacker has knife

you want to arm bar me? Heres a knife.

The ground and Krav Maga have a love-hate relationship. As a General rule, we avoid it. We never intentionally go to the ground. The only reason we should be on the ground is that we tripped, slipped, fell or were forced by an attacker. Our goal, when it comes to ground fighting is a simple one. GET UP!, no really, GET UP AS FAST AS YOU CAN and back to your feet.


Whenever we do end up in a grappling entanglement on the ground the goal is to go from a worse position to any better position, to a neutral position, whereas no one person has an advantage and back to the feet again. Even in that short description of our strategy, it can actually be quite complicated. Add in the fact they could have weapons or friends, the ground becomes an exponentially dangerous place no matter your skill.


Attacker has friends.jpg

On the Ground, it can be easy for other people to join in. The head kick is a common attack.

Another reason we must avoid the ground is that despite things that are commonly believed in Krav Maga like, “I can just punch them in the groin, or Poke them in the eye” it must be remembered that your attacker can do the same thing to you. If you are not proficient on the ground or have never trained with a high-level grappler than you may be completely overestimating your ability to get up as many of our students find out regularly.


Lastly, Size matters, no matter what anyone says. If a larger opponent can knock you out easily standing up they will have a far easier time pinning you to the ground as they have now taken away your only major advantage. Speed and skill and the ability to be explosive. Granted a proficient small attacker can outclass a larger opponent but there is a point of diminishing returns.

The ground and fighting on the ground is complicated and dangerous period.

This is one of the reasons at UTKM for a Black belt you are required to supplement your Krav Maga training with Grappling and a blue belt in BJJ or equivalent is mandatory. Why, because it takes that long to be proficient on the ground and must be taken seriously.

So long story short, stay off the ground and don’t ever let your opponent put you there in a self-defence scenario. Because it quite possibly could be the end of the fight for one or both of you.

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