Grappling & Groundwork Seminar: 7.30pm, Thursday 4th November (Studio 1 downstairs)
We continue our monthly seminars with the second instalment of the grappling and groundwork seminar. Juho waza (soft techniques or grappling) and ne waza (groundwork) are an essential part of the Bushin syllabus. Juho is learn from beginner level while ne waza is generally taught to intermediate level students and upwards, after a firm grounding in stand-up fighting is established.
Many stand-up fighters would often argue “don’t get taken to ground” is the best self defence. While many grapplers would argue that “all fights end up on the floor”. The reality is both are true. In self defence its best not to be on the ground. It’s a very vulnerable position to be in, particularly if you have more than one opponent. Groundwork is extremely effective in MMA cage fighting but far less practical in a bar. You may do well against the guy you’re grappling but there is always a danger his mates can step in and give you a kicking.
However, in 1 to 1 fights, groundwork is absolutely essential. Fights do often end up on the floor and if your opponent is bigger (and slower) than you they may decide to grab you and dump you on your back. Thus it’s vitally important to be able to prevent being taken to ground and, more importantly, know what to do to defend yourself if and when you end up there. The worst situation you can find yourself is on your back with your opponent mounted over you where they can either pound your face or sexually assault you.
In the seminar we shall revise some of the basics of grappling…learn the basic control methods particularly with head clinch work and defence against body/leg tackles. We shall try and spend some more time going through the basic groundwork positions with escapes and a few submissions. The focus, as always, will be on the basics of grappling and groundwork from a self defence standpoint, not traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) rolling. The seminar will draw in elements of BJJ, Japanese Jujutsu, Thai and Filipino boxing put into a context of self defence. Hard work, but great fun so don’t miss it!