In an earlier blog (see http://www.tkma.ca/tips-for-surviving-assaults-on-the-ground/ ) we offered some general tips for surviving assaults on the ground. One key aspect is getting up as soon as possible.
Getting up can be difficult from a physical standpoint as many adults are not used to being on the ground and getting up quickly. For kids, who are more than happy to roll around on the ground getting up is relatively easy! There is also the challenge of decision-making. Which technique do we use according to various circumstances? Level one of our curriculum includes three ways of getting up-forward, backward, and sprint. Two key factors – time and distance – are essential in these situations.
Here is an overview of three techniques for getting up.
Offensive: The attacker is very close and very aggressive. Kick the assailant to create enough space to get up. As long as the assailant is in striking range he is getting kicked from the ground or hit with hand strikes as you get up. It is the strikes that create space – kicking shins, knees, thigh, groin, stomach/torso area – to get up.
Defensive: Here, you have space to get up without striking, or you have kicked and the attacker has backed off. You are getting up as quickly as possible, moving back into a fighting stance in case the assailant tries to close distance and attack.
Sprint. The assailant is far enough that you can turn into a sprint position (think Usain Bolt in the starting blocks for 100 meters), and run away!
It is important to work on these techniques to improve your physical efficiency and to understand when each technique is used. As usual, stress training is encouraged and enjoyed!