Ground Fighting is Statistically Safer on the Street, And We Can Prove It.

 

Written by Louis Joseph Martin III

There’s a ton of anecdotal stories already suggesting that ground fighting is an essential component of self defense, but there are still a number of holdouts. People that either insist grappling is either unlikely to happen or unwise to specialize in. On a Saturday afternoon, I posed this question to The Martial Arts Community of Facebook.

 



 

 

Nearly 21% saying “no” is a pretty large percentage. And while this poll is far from scientific, I have a feeling that if we scaled the sample size up the percentages would hold. It’s an age old argument, how important ground fighting is in self defense training. These days, the question of whether or not it occurs in “the street” is more or less settled. The argument is shifting now to just how important studying grappling is.

At High Percentage, we don’t trust people. We trust data. So for the past few weeks, we watched 200 street fights and recorded several data points about ground fighting. Here’s the main questions we asked:

Did one or both participants engage in fighting on the ground?

Did the fight intentionally or unintentionally go to the ground? (ie, was it the result of a clear takedown attempt, and not a knockdown or stumble)

If the fight was intentionally grounded, what was the outcome for the participant who took it to the ground?

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Were there strikes landed on the ground?

Were the grounded fighters able to return to a standing position?

    LIMITATIONS

As usual, street fights can get crazy, particularly when they escalate into melees with multiple small fights happening to several participants attacking one. Our biggest limitation was parsing these out in to separate fights when possible. Sometimes it wasn’t.

A smaller limitation was that it was sometimes hard to tell when takedowns were intentional or not. But for the most part, we were able to come to consensus each time.

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In the end, some of the questions we asked we’re simply indeterminable. In these cases, we marked them as such.

With all that out of the way, here were our major takeaways from the data.

 

SEVEN OUT OF TEN FIGHTS WHEN TO THE GROUND, NINE OUT OF TEN FOR WOMEN.

 

 

73% of fights went to the ground, a clear majority. Fights involving two females were even higher, many because of women’s propensity to clinch. Too many factors favored the ground. Frantic movements off balanced people. Changes in terrain as simple as stepping off a curb prompted falls. And of course, taking shots to the head would often drop participants. But those weren’t even the leading reason for why fights went down.

 

OVER HALF OF THE FIGHTS WENT TO THE GROUND PURPOSELY.

 

55% of takedowns were marked as intentional. Sometimes this would be a participant with clear wrestling, judo, etc experience. Other times, there wasn’t nearly as much skill involved.

Either way, it’s clear that more and more people are intentionally taking fights to the ground, not accidentally finding themselves there.

People who took the fight to the ground on purpose tended to win, or at least not lose.

 

 

Less than 2% of participants who took the fight to the ground went on to get knocked out or incapacitated, which says a lot. By and large, fighters who “scored” takedowns went on to defeat their opponents 39% of the time.

About half the time (46%), the fight had no clear outcome. This isn’t to say no one got hurt, but no one was so hurt they were incapacitated, which is good.

 

When fights go to the ground, they tend to stay there.

58% of the fights that went to the ground, stayed there for the duration. Typically, the top fighter would immediately throw strikes (79% of fights involved strikes on the ground.) and the bottom fighter would be overwhelmed. In the cases where participants were able to stand back up, 57% returned to the ground within seconds. Bottom line: if you go down, you’re staying down.

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Fights that go to the ground have less violent outcomes for both participants.

45% of fights that remained on the feet resulted in a knockout. That number dropped to 12% if the fight went to the ground. In fact, 58% of all ground fights ended with no clear resolution, aka no serious injuries. Fights that stayed standing ended indecisively only 43% of the time.

It’s important to note that these numbers go both ways. Even participants who “lost” fights on the ground were less likely to lose via knockout.

Bottom Line

It’s no secret that we are a jiu-jitsu website. At the same time, we’re not searching for conclusions that always validate our beliefs. We go where the data goes. Right now, it’s very clearly telling us a story. Ground fighting is a reality, and people that employ grappling skills tend to perform better and walk away in better shape.

That being said, we recorded many fights where grounded participants were brutally attacked by third parties. Other fights involved dangerous weapons. These are the harsh realities of self defense that should give everyone pause in a real fight. In the split seconds we have before we must make decisions. Go for a takedown or stay standing. There’s no right answer, we just have to play the odds.

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Louis Joseph Martin III
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source, https://www.highpercentagemartialarts.com/blog/2019/3/23/almost-all-fights-go-to-the-ground-and-we-can-prove-it

 

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Why Jiu-Jitsu Is The Best Martial Arts For Women

 

 



 

A competitive female kickboxer of 10+ years sits down with Rener Gracie to discuss her newly found love of BJJ.

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She relates that kickboxing is weight based and might not prove useful against a bigger, stronger attacker.

There is also the element of the enemy losing by not being able to defeat the Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.

Our not losing, is in fact a method of winning!

 

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How To Create That Pressure You Hate Feeling In Side Control

 

 

In this Jiu Jitsu Instructional video, Black Belt World Champion Bernardo Faria teaches Creating Pressure in Side Control.

 

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Best Strength Training Exercises For BJJ (Parts 1&2)

 

 



 

We constantly get questions in the White Belt BJJ Group asking what types of exercises are best for supplementing your BJJ. Here is a short video series that answers that question.

 

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How To Train BJJ With Turf Toe

 

 



 

“Turf Toe” or an injury to the big toe can be a significant hindrance in BJJ. An injury like this will effect explosiveness, push-off, directional changes, takedowns, and your overall mobility.

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In this video I share 5 tips and modifications that you can make to your BJJ game that you can implement today to help keep you on the mats, limit re-injury, and actually improve your overall jiu-jitsu game.

 

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The Most Common Half Guard Question | Dealing With The Switch Base From Half Guard.

 

 



 

Hip switched top half guard can be an excruciating position for the person on bottom if the guy on top is good with pressure. This is certainly never a position you want to be in and is not an offensive bottom half guard position at all (outside of a “hail mary” club the head sweep).

In this video Lachlan Giles teaches how to prevent getting caught in this situation, and how to get out of it if you do get caught there.

Enjoy!

 

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When Should BJJ Students Learn Leglocks? – Joe Rogan and Jean Jacques Machado

 

 



 

Taken from JRE MMA Show #73 w/Jean Jacques Machado: https://youtu.be/TQabA3GvnPU

 

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Stop Getting Squished From Closed Guard

 

 



 

Getting Squished in your own Closed Guard sucks. It can prevent a lot of Sweeps and Submissions you’re used to using from there.

BJJ Black Belt – Drew Weatherhead – shows not only how to Escape the entire position, but also how to get back to Sweeping and Submitting your Opponent!

 

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Why I Quit After One BJJ Class

 

 



 

Did you ever try out a Jiu-Jitsu class and were immediately thrown to the wolves?

There are different types of BJJ academy and different types of BJJ instructors. Some are lackadaisical in approach while others have a curriculum and a system in place to advance students.

Often times the new student join the former type of academy and has a horrible experience which turns them away from the art forever. The lucky students are those who enter an academy with a proven regiment.

I am not saying that you need to join a “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu” academy, but you should try out more than one academy before committing.

You should be looking for an instructor that cares about you personally and is willing to help and assist you along your journey.

Our art is too beautiful to miss out on because of a single, solitary bad experience.

 

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The Best Method Of Preventing Cauliflower Ear In BJJ IS HERE! Check Out EARSPLINTZ!

 

 



 

Cauliflower ear, also known as perichondrial hematoma or wrestler’s ear, is a deformity of the ear caused by trauma. Cauliflower ear occurs when blood pools in your pinna after it’s been hit or struck. The pinna is your outer ear. This pooling of blood, known as a hematoma, needs to be treated right away.

If the hematoma is not treated permanent hard tissue scarring occurs.

Unfortunately cauliflower ear is highly prevalent in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as wrestling.

Typically one wold get hit in the ear and develop the hematoma. They would go to a doctor or a teammate with a syringe, and have them suck out the blood. After that the ear is stitched up. The wound needs to have pressure constantly applied or it will fill back up again rendering the surgery useless. At least two weeks will be needed off of the mats.

Headgear is surely one way of preventing cauliflower but it does not work 100 percent of the time!

If you truly want a unique and affordable way to prevent cauliflower ear, you need to check out www.Earsplintz.com. (This product is not worn during training. It is only to be work after training has concluded.)

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They sent me some to try out and I could not wait to dive in. As I explain in my video I just competed this past Saturday at a Newbreed Jiu-Jitsu tournament in Maryland. The first thing my opponent did was slap the side of my head and ear. It isn’t puffed out but it has been sore for 2 days.

The earsplintz arrived in a really cool zippering hard case. Inside was everything you need to craft your splintz. If you can do a boil and bite mouthguard you can easily make these.

You simply follow the instructions which are simple!

Mix one scoop of each container together, rub it around like putty or dough until it becomes all one color.

You then take putty and rub it in your hands until you get a 3 – 4 inch rope.

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Next you take 1 and a half scoops of each container and rub together as you did the first. This time you will squish that ball into the inside of your ear creating that impression.

Next you clamp the molds in and put on the supplied headband and wait five minutes. Then voila! Your earsplintz are ready to go.

They immediately began making my ear feel better even during the molding process. If you’ve ever had sore ears from grappling you can imagine how good these would feel applying gentle pressure. For added effect you can freeze them! Oh the joy is overwhelming!

The aftermath

So these cost about $140 on Amazon and $120 through www.earsplintz.com. If you use code WBBJJ you will get an additional $10 off bringing it down to about $110. This is way cheaper than surgery and way cooler than wearing headgear for Jiu-Jitsu!

There is enough material in the containers to make at least 3 molds. You can keep one in your bag, one in your car and one in the freezer!

Beautiful product. Ugly ears. But they won’t get any worse!

The company is partnered with USA wrestling and has been in business for about a decade.

I have reviewed plenty of products for Jiu-Jitsu but this item has been the biggest blessing thus far!

 


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