I wanted to get different views from people on ground fighting/training. I think we all can agree that ground fighting is an important part of one's training for self protection. When I say ground fighting I don't mean we all need to become experts in BJJ or Judo but, I do think it's critical that all serious martial artist have knowledge of how to defend themselves if a confrontation ever hits the ground. Take note, I said if it ever goes to the ground.
Not to long ago I heard a very senior BJJ black belt state that in order to defend yourself the best way to do that is to take the fight to the ground where the person can be controlled and submitted. I have to respectfully disagree, in reality I would never look to take a fight to the ground intentionally where there are some many different variables at play. If a conflict ends up on the ground then we must have a certain level of skill to deal with the situation. I personally would try and take my opponent out and end the confrontation on my feet if at all possible.
So my question is how do you train for the ground ? Do you just work escapes and getting back to your feet ? Do you work all aspects of ground fighting ? Does anyone disagree that in reality a fight should not be taken to the ground and if so why ?