3 solid ways to close the distance safely in a street fight
Here’s an interesting view and reply between two commenters on the video:
“I’ve been in over 50 street confrontations and have worked doors for 5 years… I can say with absolute certainty that grappling in a street fight and closing distance is insanity…EVEN COMPLETE STRANGERS WILL STOMP ON YOUR HEAD yes–you do fall to the ground sometimes but u have to get up as soon as possible… BJJ is great art but it can get u killed in a real confrontation.”
Reply: “I can see where you’re coming from, BUT, the point is, MOST (over 90%) street fights end up on the ground, so why not have the skills necessary to deal with that? And for every situation that you bring up that involves multiple attackers, etc., I can think of a situation where grappling would 100% be the best way to go (such as a 1 on 1 confrontation in an alleyway for example). Plus, in a culture where everyone loves to sue, it’s way better to neutralize threats with grappling chokes/locks than to have to deal with any legal trouble caused by gory punches and kicks. “
Stephan Kesting is a black belt in a couple of different martial arts, but he is known primarily for his contribution to the education of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community. He is the creator of the websites BeginningBJJ.com and Grapplearts.com, which are an encyclopedia of BJJ information. In the video below, learn how to close the distance safely, and effectively.
Of all of the submissions, Stephan says his favorite is the kneebar. “It was the first submission that I reached black belt level for. But I also use the omoplata and the rear naked choke a lot.” [source: breakingmuscle.com]