[quote="tempehmomma"]It is an interesting article, however I'm referring to "civilian street fights." When you used the word "fights" it was misleading. I don't get into "fights" with police officers.
Glad to hear you don't assault police officers, neither do I and don't advocate it either. But I did mean all
fights. The criminals these police officers fought with are also civilians. These criminal civilians will also fight with other civilians - not only police officers, ergo these fights will go to the ground as well.
You failed to include in your quote from this website that
[quote]In studying real life fights involving this group of civilians, we find that no more than 40% fights ever went to the ground. When the fights did go to the ground, it was typically due to two main reasons:
1. Ineffective technique that led to the combatants becoming fatigued and frustrated and proceeding to a grapple, and then to falling on the ground.
2. One of the combatants actually tripping and falling.
Also you didn't note that this information comes from a self defense school that teaches taekwondo and as such the information is clearly suspect and misleading as it is biased against another martial art.
Regardless, the 40% in the taekwondo school's opinion is still a big percentage and while not the 62% of the general MMA website's is still a good reason to study jiu jitsu or good luck that any fights that may happen don't end up on the ground. Personally I'd rather be prepared than take the chance that a fight will be in the percentage that might not end up on the ground.
Per my personal experience I have been unlucky enough to witness a beating of one man by a group of thugs - the lone guy put up a fight and it ended up on the ground - they had to be pulled apart by police officers. I stand by my recommendation.