I have decided to begin a series of articles discussing my perspectives on ground-fighting. Although I have mentioned the following points on the dangers of going to ground in a self-defence situation in previous articles, I feel it would be good to cover them again as a refresher in the first installment of this series. Please note that my analysis of ground-fighting is done from the perspective of a self-defence situation and not from a sporting perspective.
We’ve been very privileged over the last couple of weeks to have hosted our martial arts instructors from South Africa right here in Australia. SiGung Marco Kavalieratos and SiFu Christian Hanche. The learning experience for us has been phenomenally intense. It’s felt a bit like a thermonuclear bomb going off in our heads because of the sheer volume of training and exposure to new material. Both SiGung Marco and SiFu Chris are extremely experienced martial artists. A pair of the most competent martial artists I have ever had the pleasure of training with. Their collective wealth of experience in terms of combat, application, technique and background knowledge is a real treasure of the system.
Social media, in particular Facebook, is a bit like a social thermometer. If you want to get a feel for popular thought patterns, sample some of Facebook’s meme traffic and status updates. It will give you a good idea of major trends in popular thought. Most of the time, checking Facebook feels about as inspiring and refreshing as stepping into a crowded public swimming pool on a hot summer’s day. You know it’s gross, but once you’re in you find that you stay in because it’s only slightly less comfortable than getting out. That state lasts until your morbid sense of curiosity is finally overwhelmed by the rising tide of revulsion at the mysterious yellow stains, phlegm nuggets and frothy drifts. At least the chlorine masks the other odours. I think I may have just figured out why we climbed out of the primal ocean to begin with.
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