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If I am in a "street" situation, there are too many unknowns for me to go to the floor if I don't have to. A lot of us saw the video from the street fight posted on one of Van Sensei's threads. Once the victim hit the ground, he was a kicking pad.
I am not a grappler so I would prefer never to go to the ground. However, I agree one should train or have an idea of what that may be like. I have had to go to the ground at work, only because I can't strike.
If I were a proficient grappler I would still strive to learn some stand up fighting (and sprinting). Going to the ground would be great in an "one on one." Going to the ground as a first choice with more than one opponent or the possibility of more than one... Well, being "kicking pad" ain't the worse possibility. Think 2"X4" across the body, a shovel or a brick to the head, quick multiple shanks to the body. Seen and have heard of these.