Listen up, fight fans: if you're tired of hearing the same old argument about whether grappling or striking is the superior self defense method, you're not alone.

It's a debate that's raged on for ages, with both sides convinced that their chosen style is the ultimate solution to any and all threats. 

But let's be real: this whole grappling vs. striking thing is a load of bullshido.

The argument over which is superior is ultimately pointless and I am going to explain why in this blog post.

Let's get real for a minute: no matter how much we might want to believe that grappling or striking is the ultimate solution to any and all self defense situations, the truth is that both styles have their limits. 

Grappling does not work against multiple attackers, and striking might not work against bigger and stronger opponents.

So what's the answer? 

Is it better to go with grappling or striking? 

The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. 

It all depends on the specific circumstances of the self defense situation and your own physical abilities. 

The pros and cons of grappling for self defense

On the surface, grappling might seem like the ultimate self defense solution. 

After all, what could be better than taking down an attacker without causing serious injury or even death? 

It's a pretty appealing prospect, especially if you're not particularly beefy or intimidating.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves here – grappling has its drawbacks, too. 

First and foremost, it's not exactly safe to start rolling around on the ground in a real-life self defense situation. 

Unless you're on a padded mat in a dojo, you're probably going to end up smacking your head on a curb or a stair railing or something equally unpleasant. Not exactly ideal.

And even if you are on a mat, there's still the risk of injury to yourself if you don't execute the techniques properly. 

It takes a lot of practice and skill to pull off a submission hold or a takedown without getting hurt in the process. 

So, if you're not already a seasoned grappler, it might not be the best idea to rely on this style in a self defense situation.

But let's not forget the upsides of grappling, too. 

It can definitely be effective in incapacitating an attacker, and it can also be used to escape dangerous situations. 

Just be prepared to deal with the risks and limitations that come with it.

The pros and cons of striking for self defense

Alright, let's talk about striking – the go-to self defense method for all you karate kids out there. 

On the plus side, striking can be a quick and effective way to incapacitate an attacker. 

You see a punch coming, you block it and land a solid hit to the jaw – boom, assailant down for the count. 

Or, if you're facing off against multiple attackers, a few well-placed kicks and punches can help you create an opening to escape.

But let's not forget the downsides of striking. For one, it can cause serious injury or even death – something to consider if you're trying to defend yourself without causing undue harm. 

In addition, landing a knockout punch or kick requires a certain level of physical strength and skill. 

You might be a black belt in karate, but if you're going up against a larger or more experienced attacker, your strikes might not have the desired effect.

So, while striking can certainly be a useful self defense tool, it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Like grappling, it has its pros and cons.

To wrap it up....

So, to recap: either grappling or striking has the advantages and disadvantages when it comes to self defense situations.

Basically, all this back and forth about which style is superior is just a bunch of nonsense. 

In any self defense situation, the most important thing is to be prepared to defend yourself in the best way possible – whether that means grappling, striking, or running away like your ass is on fire. 

Because, frankly speaking, the best fight is the one you don't have to fight.

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