Why Ground Fighting May Not Always A Good Idea For Self-Defense

When it comes to self-defense techniques, many people turn to ground fighting as a way to subdue their attacker. While this can be effective in some situations, it’s important to understand that ground fighting may not always be the best option. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the reasons why.

1. Vulnerable to Multiple Attackers

One of the biggest disadvantages of ground fighting is that it puts you in a vulnerable position. When you’re on the ground, it’s much harder to defend against multiple attackers, even if you have the upper position on your opponent, you can still be kicked in the head by this friend.

Going to the ground and choking someone out is really a one person at a time thing. You do not have the upper hand when dealing with more than 2 attackers at the same time. In a self-defense situation, it’s always better to stay on your feet and maintain your mobility.

2. Unpredictable Terrain

Another disadvantage of ground fighting is that the terrain can be unpredictable. If you’re outside, there may be obstacles or hazards on the ground that could cause injury.  

Rolling on a soft matted dojo floor compared to a concrete surface, can result in ground techniques to be useful in a gym or in a sporting event. However, it does limit your ability to apply to real world situations.

3. Weapons

Ground fighting can also put you at risk of injury, especially if you’re not properly trained. Even if you do know how to ground fight, it’s important to consider the risks of grappling with an attacker. It’s really difficult to defend yourself when your attacker has a concealed weapon such as a knife or a gun.

If they have a weapon, you could be seriously hurt, even if you’re able to subdue them. Additionally, if you’re not careful, you could inadvertently hurt yourself or your attacker, leading to legal or moral consequences.


While ground fighting can be an effective self-defense technique in some situations, it’s important to weigh the risks and benefits before using it. If possible, try to stay on your feet and use your mobility to your advantage. If you do need to engage in ground fighting, make sure you’re properly trained and aware of the risks involved. By doing so, you can better protect yourself and stay safe in a self-defense situation.