Suggest adding (mostly to handle criticism):
Q: What about multiple opponents?
A: There is no evidence that striking is any safer than grappling when fighting multiple opponents. Fighting several attackers is a losing proposition for anyone, grappler or striker. It's not impossible but it is very unlikely. People who think they can fight multiple people without getting seriously hurt tend to have watched a few too many kung fu movies.
The best defense in this situation is to run away.
B: The second best defense is to have a weapon (or three).
Grappling and ground-fighting skills are essential in a
multiple opponent scenario with weapons involved. Put
simply put you need grappling/groundfighting skills to
utilize a weapon effectively when escape is not an option.
A weapon is not a magic wand. It often requires time or
multiple successful attacks to remove an attacker from the
fight. In the meantime dog-pack tactics are likely to be
employed against you. A multiple opponent scenario where
escape and evasion is not possible is by definition “close quarters”.
To escape from a clinch, takedown, tackle, or pin requires
personal understanding of how it is executed. It may take
minutes for an attacker who has been stabbed to cease all
resistance, and a bludgeoned opponent may collapse on you or
pass out with a death grip on parts of your anatomy.
No part of a multiple opponent scenario is pleasant to
contemplate.. but whether you can run or must fight, the
grappling and groundfighting skill-sets are essential if you
want to live through a bad situation. Hopefully you won’t have
to use them, but they are critical insurance when things go
A. There is no such thing as anti-grappling. Anti-grappling is grappling. Many times this refers to various types of clinch grappling techniques found in different arts to prevent takedowns. Ex: various versions of whizzers, underhooks, sprawls found in different arts with various names.
Q: What about anti-grappling?
A: In addition to the refutations above, the whole idea of "Anti-grappling" is absurd. If I were to claim to be practicing "anti-striking" every time I shot a double leg takedown, you'd laugh, wouldn't you? "Anti-grappling" is just as ridiculous an idea.
An entire range of fighting cannot be dismissed with just a few techniques.
A. With about a year's solid quality BJJ training you can tool a three hundred pound current wrestler.
Q: Ok, you convinced me. But it looks scary. I don't wanna get my arm broken by a three hundred pound ex-wrestler!
A: It isn't. The tap-out system allows for a maximum of safety, much more than sparring in striking arts.