Martial Arts Technique: The "Upstairs-Downstairs" Principle

Traver H. Boehm


Santa Barbara, California, United States

Health, Men's Fitness


In this video we discuss a basic principle in martial arts and self-defense - the "Upstairs-Downstairs" Principle. Essentially this principle means you are taking advantage of the fact your opponent (or attacker) cannot properly defend both the upper and lower parts of their body at the same time.


The "Upstairs-Downstairs" principle is applicable in many martial arts - MMA, muay thai, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, self-defense and more. Watch this video and learn the principle as it applies to a variety of sports.

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