People ask me if grappling is the ultimate style for self defense. The answer is absolutely not.
Grappling is a big and important part of fighting, yes. However grappling alone is not close to enough. No matter how good of a grappler you might be, you can only grapple one person at a time. Street fights are often against multiple opponents. Furthermore, if you never got punched in the face before in training, it will be very difficult to grapple when you get smashed in your face in a street fight. Yes, grapple a lot, but remember, if you can’t strike you can’t fight.
ICCS head instructor