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What Is The Best Martial Arts For Self Defense

Posted on | April 21, 2013 | No Comments

I know, I know, You want to know what is the best martial art for self defense right? You expect me to say karate, krav maga or some other martial art and then tell you why that is the very best! Unfortunately it’s not that simple. There are several things to take into consideration when choosing the best martial art for self defense. So let’s dive right on in and discuss a few of them so you can make the best choice for yourself.

The first important factor to keep in mind is the instructor. Every one teaches things in their own way. For example one instructor might be more hands on with each pupil while another prefers to just show an example to the entire class and let you attempt to learn it through trial and error with your partner. Perhaps one instructor keeps reviewing the same move over and over for weeks while another reviews it less, so if your a fast learner you might prefer the latter. Every instructor teaches differently and every pupil learns differently, so the best thing to do is to sit in on a few classes at various dojos and pick which is best suited for you learning style.

Another thing to keep in mind while you are sitting in on classes is the techniques being taught. Fancy moves might be cool in the movies and UFC but they can be very impracticable in a real world self defense situation. So while your observing how they teach, you should also look at what they teach. Often instructors teach styles that are better suited for competition than actual self defense. A good rule of thumb in a real fight is the KISS method. Keep It Simple Stupid. Basically, in a real fight when your adrenalin is flowing and your heart is pumping at close to 200 beats per min it can be really hard to pull off some awesome matrix moves. After all, unlike competition fighters, your very life may depend on the outcome of the fight! So screwing up a flying round house kick is going to result in more than just the referee pulling the other guy off of you. 

As long as we’re on the topic of techniques there are two other things to keep in mind. First, street fights don’t have rules, so you don’t want to be only taught how to defend yourself against attacks that are “legal” in competition. Knowing how to defend against, as well as implement, some dirty fighting techniques is really important. The other thing I wanted to mention is grappling. A lot a fights wind up on the ground. If you know how to get your opponent into an arm bar, joint lock or choke hold your going to stand a much better chance of winning. 

So what is the best martial art for self defense? Well that depends on what is being taught in your area. Don’t just sign up for any old class. Take the time to sit in on some classes and talk to the instuctor. Then you can decide for yourself which is the for you!

Then again, you might want to go with something outside of the home. Here are some great dvd's to help you learn how to defend yourself.


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