We had a brilliant time earlier this year hosting our instructors from South Africa, Si Gung Marco Kavaliaratos and Si Fu Christan Hanche. It was a great experience and I have written a few articles and updates about the type of training that we did. One of the training experiences that I enjoyed with Si Gung Marco was practicing the Kukri fighting techniques that he was taught a few decades ago. His instructor had inherited their techniques from a relative in one of the old Gurkha regiments.
Over the last few weeks, I have released a series of three articles on Ground-Work containing some of my general opinions and approaches to fighting on the ground. If you’ve read these articles, you will note that I strongly recommend that the ground should generally be avoided in a self-defence situation for several good reasons. I thought that I would share one of my experiences with you regarding a ground-fighting situation subsequent to my three-part series. I usually don’t share my personal experiences regarding real self-defence situations because they are seldom ‘clean’ and seldom do they go according to plan. They are typically messy, indecorous, unglamorous and some of them make for pretty boring reading because the situations were averted before coming to physical confrontation.
In this case, the action was decisive even though it certainly did not go according to plan.
For those readers who have not seen my first article on the dangers of ground-work, please see the article here.
Once a defender is on the ground, there are significant dangers that they are exposed to as a result of loss of mobility and closer proximity to hazards such as the feet of standing opponents and concealed weapons. To bring this in line with the goal-oriented approach to survival situations, we should confirm our strategy and tactics.
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