30 Days to Self Defense Mastery Your Ultimate Guide to Personal Safety – Day 16

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Hello guys,

Welcome to Day 16 of your 30-day self-defense mastery journey! Today’s focus is on defending against ground attacks, a crucial skill set that prepares you for situations where you might end up on the ground during a confrontation. By learning how to maintain control and defend yourself from this position, you’re enhancing your overall self-defense capabilities.

Day 16: Defending Against Ground Attacks – Maintaining Control in Close Quarters

Effective Ground Defense:

Ground attacks can be particularly challenging due to limited mobility and close quarters. Learning how to defend yourself while on the ground is essential for maintaining control and staying safe.

What You’ll Learn Today:

On Day 16, you’ll explore techniques for defending against ground attacks:

  1. Guard Defense: Learn how to defend yourself while on your back in a guard position. Discover techniques to control your opponent’s posture and prevent strikes.
  2. Escaping Pins: Explore methods for escaping from pins and holds when your opponent is on top of you. Learn how to create space and regain a more advantageous position.
  3. Ground Strikes: Understand the basics of ground strikes and how to effectively use punches and elbow strikes to deter and disable your opponent.

Exercises for the Day:

  1. Guard Defense Practice: Practice guard defense techniques with a partner. Focus on maintaining control of your opponent’s posture and creating opportunities to escape or counterattack.
  2. Pin Escapes: Work on escaping from pins and holds with a partner. Practice techniques that allow you to bridge, shrimp, and regain a more favorable position.
  3. Ground Strike Drills: Experiment with ground strikes using controlled and focused techniques. Practice delivering punches and elbow strikes while maintaining your balance and control.


At the end of the day, take a moment to reflect on your experience with ground defense techniques. How did it feel to practice techniques from the ground? What challenges did you encounter, and how did your understanding of close-quarters combat evolve?


Day 16 equips you with valuable skills to defend yourself effectively in ground-based confrontations. By learning how to control your opponent’s posture, escape pins, and use ground strikes strategically, you’re enhancing your ability to maintain safety and control even in challenging positions.

Get ready for Day 17, where you’ll explore the concept of situational awareness in crowded environments. Your journey to self-defense mastery continues to evolve—keep up the fantastic effort!

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