Grappling And Throws

In my experience most fights develop into the grappling stage within 10 seconds. The first strikes and counterstrikes will have been unleashed and the participants will be wondering what to do next. Usually this will be grappling.

For a weaker person drawn into a fight this can, however, often form a very good defcncc. Containing your attacker's arms by what is called "the clinch" in boxing circles can be very beneficial to your survival. The clinch is also an effective move for anyone who has been nailed by a decent blow. If the world starts going fuzzy then grab your assailant and hold on to his arms.

Grappling, however, is a different matter. Everyone likes to fight with what they consider are their best techniques.

For some it will be boxing, for others it may be kicking, but for me, it's grappling.

Only being small (five feet seven and a half inches in case you've forgotten) 1 have a natural disadvantage against taller people when we are standing up; but rolling around on the ground is a different matter.

Long or fat people are gangly and ungainly on the ground. They cither get tied up in their own legs or flump around like ┬┐cached whales whereas smaller people are like fast moving monkeys. Bear this in mind when you arc assessing your strengths and weaknesses and use nature's disadvantages to your advantage, and vice versa.

Grappling really begins when you close in so much on your opponent that you arc chest to chest. This is when you can try some of the Running the Mark and Spin Out manoeuvres for real or maybe getting your elbow into his solar plexus. On the other hand this might be the moment to try putting him on the deck.

Most people who feel themselves losing balance will grab for support, and you are what they are likely to find. If you allow them to gain support from your rigid body then you will break the force of the throw. If this happens and your atlackcr holds on to you then collapse on top of him. This is often my own tactic.

If you go this route then not only have you thrown him, and hopefully on to something solid and sharp, but you have also landed on top of him which results in a winding.

Remember that when you land on top of an opponent it is important to project your body weight on to and into them. This can be even more effective if you project all that through your elbow and into their solar plexus. Then whilst they're gasping for air you'll have more than enough time to make your escape or finish 'cm off.

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