I've been doing karate (Kenpo) for 6 long years. I've been teaching the art to others for 2 years. I've sparred hundreds of times, and I usually hold my own fairly well - although I did get kicked in the head once hard enough that I had to go to the hospital and get a catscan. I lost that match.
Tonight, a buddy from California flew in to do some training, but he's a Shootfighter, which is "UFC" style fighting. I've never sparred with a grappler before, and I always thought it was lame and boring. Tonight, I learned that I am helpless on the ground, and what it feels like to have my ribs caved in with punches. I also got to experience a few arm bars and a knee bar. I tapped out three times out of three controlled matches.
Granted, we always started our sparring in a full guard on the ground, not on our feet. If we started standing up, I probably could have defended myself better, but the grappler is certain that he can take down any stand up fighter. What's your opinion about this? Would you rather be a stand-up fighter or a grappler?
Refrain from the "I'll just get a gun, bat, pipe, crossbow" meep.