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Floor Fighting: Stompings, Maimings and Other Things to Avoid When a Fight Goes to the Ground Paperback – 1 May 1993

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press,U.S. (1 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873647165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873647168
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,716,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Blimey! A book about ground fighting that's not Brazilian Jiu jitsu, whatever next??

Some BJJ practitioners are fond of saying that 90% of fights end up on the ground, but according to the author's website that statistic comes from LAPD control and restrain situations not street fights. Other problems with those statistics are:
1) The statistic is wrong, only 47% not 90% of arrests where the perp resisted ended up with perp or officer or both on the ground.
2) Officers often take the resisting perp to the ground deliberately as pinning someone against the floor makes it easier to cuff them.

Despite the BJJ truth bending, it is true that real life violence does end up on the ground quite a bit, ignoring the problem does not make it go away and you need to know what to do if it happens. So you have to learn ground fighting.

To anybody thinking that floor fighting is just grappling/jujitsu style fighting this book will be a bit of a shock because it uses claw hand techniques on the ground. Claw hand techniques use the hand to crush, rip and tear soft tissue eg ripping somebody's bottom lip off (yes it's possible, google "chimpanzee attack" for the gruesome results of biting and claw hand moves used by chimps). Of course grapplers would say they will just break the arm off the person trying to claw hand them and yes that is possible as well.

The law says techniques like that can only be used in extreme situations and most violence incidents are not serious enough to warrant such a move. I think BJJ style positional domination works very well here and can be used to pin/reverse a opponent without hurting them.
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By RCS on 11 Aug. 2014
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Essential reading for the self defence practitioner
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Fighting on the ground 27 Jun. 2004
By Seppo Vesala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As the name of the book implies, this book concentrates on fighting on the ground. The book starts with basics, where the author explains how to fall safely and without injury. Then the book handles techniques on how to break free from a grip, how to take your opponent with you when falling, how to defend yourself when on the ground, how to wrestle effectively, and finally how to get up from the ground.
The book covers some good principles on fighting. There are also numerous little tricks and techniques of ground fighting. Most of the techniques seem very simple, therefore easy to learn. What I especially liked was that the author does not just teach the techniques, but he also explains the physics and principles that make the technique work. That makes it easier to understand the techniques. There are some photographs and line drawings, to clarify the explanations. Sadly, there are some techniques without any pictures, making it somewhat harder to grasp what the author is saying.
Although the author does a good job on explaining the techniques, it is clearly visible how difficult it is to teach a physical skill with written text and a few pictures. That is the major shortcoming with all books like this, and not this book alone. With more pictures, this shortcoming could have been somewhat evaded.
Clearly, some readers are offended by the somewhat harsh language and sense of humour Animal is using, but they didn't bother me. I found the little stories Animal uses to illustrate a point somewhat amusing, but I can relate to readers who are put off by them.
To sum it up, I would say that to fully benefit from this book, you should have some previous experience on martial arts and/of wrestling, and a training partner with whom to experiment the techniques. As it is very hard to reach a physical skill without being able to present the action with moving picture, the techniques and some of the principles presented may be a little hard to understand by just reading the book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very useful 12 Dec. 2000
By "stefan.mueller.kr@gmx.de" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fighting on the Floor is a very difficult thing. Everyone who does a martial art covering that topic knows that. But when a "real" fight goes to the ground, everything's much more difficult. So in this book, MacYoung describes ways to keep the damage on your side as low as possible, and getting the damage on the opponent's side as high as possible. And like all the other books from this author, it's the neat little tricks that make this topic interesting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book on the realities of fighting on the ground, not in the ring! 19 Mar. 2007
By Shawn Kovacich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Being the author of several books on the martial arts and fighting, I am always looking for books of exceptional quality to add to my library. If I have a book in my library, it's definitely worth owning. One such book is Marc "Animal" Mac Young's, "Floor Fighting."

As you may well know from my previous reviews of Marc's books, one of the things that I absolutely love about his style of writing is his no-holds barred direct approach to getting his point across. There is never any sugarcoating or politically correct terminology is his books. He simply tells it like it is, whether you like it or not.

Once again, Marc gives you a no-holds barred look at the reality of fighting and surviving on the street. This book focuses on the subject of fighting on the ground, which as most of us know, is where the vast majority of fights end up. As with all of his books, Marc really gives you an in-depth look at the principles behind the techniques that he explains in his books. This is one of the true tests of a quality martial arts or self-defense book.

The Basics:

In this section, Marc goes over with you the four laws of surviving a trip or fall to the ground. He also goes over the techniques for rolling backward, forward, to the side, and over your shoulder. As always, the principles behind these techniques are gone over in great detail.

Breaking Grips:

This section not only shows you the techniques for breaking someone's grip on you, but also the four things that are likely to happen if you don't break their grip. One unique item I found very practical was that if you aren't able to break free from someone's grip, punch out of it. This is very practical and useful information. Marc also includes a brief section on how to deal with advanced grips.

Spoiling the Dance:

If you do end up falling down to the ground, this section supplies you with the principles and techniques that you can use to increase your chances of landing on top of your opponent, rather than on the bottom. Marc also shows you how to increase the damage to your opponent by using your elbows and knees on him when you fall. Also included in this section are techniques on how to roll with the impact of falling, gaining and keeping your distance from your opponent until you are able to get back to your feet, and how to deal with someone who knows how to throw you.

Floor work:

This section covers several areas such as;

1. Offensive and Defensive Ranges.

2. What happens when you hit the floor.

3. Countering, deflect the attack rather than blocking it.

4. Best floor fighting position.

5. Triangle Defense.

6. How to defend against the stomping kick.

7. Offensive Ground Techniques.


In this section Marc goes over some of the things to do and not to do when rolling around on the ground with your opponent. This includes generally speaking not punching your opponent, except for the use of hooks and uppercuts. Although you can make good use of the ground mauling techniques that Marc goes over in this section.

Keeping Your Man Down on the Ground:

Marc makes a very valid point here in the fact that once you have your opponent on the ground, make sure he stays down until after you have safely left the area or until you have ascertained that he is no longer a threat. Marc also takes a look at the very real possibility that you are the one who ends up on the ground. If this happens, he explains how not to get up from the ground and why. As well as, how to get up safely with minimal chance of getting hurt while doing so.

As with all of Marc's books and this one is no exception, it is loaded with tons of very good practical information that would be a definite asset to anyone wanting to improve their self-defense skills.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
It's alright, but not the best 12 Oct. 1999
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Cheap Shots, Ambushes, etc was better. Some right-on advice and a few nasty ideas/moves. Worth buying, but don't expect too much...he basically says being on the floor is bad, so don't do it, and get up really quick if you go down.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
MacYoung tells it like it is. 13 Jun. 2007
By L. A. Kane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is imperative to understand and appreciate the differences between a wrestling match and a real-life struggle for survival on the ground. This book is a no-holds barred look at the reality of ground-fighting. Topics covered include breakfall techniques, offensive and defensive ranges, what happens when you hit the floor, counters, floor-fighting positions, triangle defense, defending against stomps, and striking from the floor, and keeping the other guy down.

Lawrence Kane
Author of Blinded by the Night, among other titles
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