With the increased popularity of MMA, grappling has become a very hot topic. Even before that there were some over-exaggerated statistics about how many fights actually go to the ground.

One thing has been made clear though – effective grappling is a very useful part of self defense. If that’s the case, was there ever any emphasis on it during karate training?

That’s the question posed in today’s video:

Hope that helps in understanding the overall importance of grappling in karate. As for specific techniques…that will have to be a video for another time.

Check out question 3 – Should Japanese Be Used in the Dojo?