Should you be unfortunate enough to be taken to the ground and end up with some gormless thug on top of you trying to bludgeon the living daylights out of you, we look at some ways of getting them off (so that you can bludgeon them – much more fun).
Keith’s favourite is flesh grabs which is used quite a lot in some styles of Kung Fu. The nasty ones 🙂
We are not taking about grabbing large lumps of muscle or limbs, just a handful of surface skin, which can be surprisingly painful. I know that some people will prefer pressure points. My only concern with that is that you really have to know what you are doing. If you are interested in pressure points, then you should look at the work of somebody like Russell Stutely.
Pressure points are probably better if you really know what you are doing, but if you don’t then flesh grabs are much easier and much more accessible to the average martial artist and still hurt the opponent (though be aware that if they are high or drunk they won’t feel it quite so much).
From a Karate perspective, show how you can use the good old Gedan Barai (lower sweep/block) to dis-mount your attacker.