Best Martial Arts For Self-defense Ranked
Anyone can learn martial arts and benefit from its teaching. Men, women, and children can stay active and healthy well into old age because all the disciplines promote a healthy lifestyle. But there are other reasons why many people choose to learn martial arts, after all, it is an activity with many benefits. It can improve your fighting skills, improve discipline, humility, and help to defend yourself against an aggressor. One of the main reasons behind the creation of martial arts was self-defense and one of the most important skills a person can have is the ability to protect themselves from an attacker. There are hundreds, if not thousands of martial arts styles out there but in this video we have put together a list of five of them we feel our best, ranking from least effective to most efficient.
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#1. Jeet Kune Do
First up, we have Jeet Kune Do – the martial art expression that was developed by famed martial artist Bruce Lee. Back in the 1960s, the martial arts master developed this hybrid fighting system characterized by the fact that it involves constant self-improvement rather than reaching a certain level and then staying there. The aim is to allow practitioners to defend themselves as effectively as possible. Generally translated, Jeet Kune Do is “the way of intercepting fist”, a name that sums up this martial arts philosophy in a nutshell. Stop the attack before it happens.
Jeet Kune Do practitioners believe in minimal effort with maximum effect and extreme speed. Bruce Lee had many techniques that have proven highly effective in MMA. For example, the quick advance side kick to the knee. This move uses the principle of longest weapon to nearest target or the oblique kick which stops attackers as they come in and wears down their legs. Next is trapping. This is where you catch your attacker’s punch with a parry and then hold his hand down as you strike with your other hand. The combat style of Jeet Kune Do is effective because the foundation of the style are moves that Bruce Lee adapted from other styles such as Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Taekwondo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, to name just a few.
Jeet Kune Do is certainly one of the best fighting styles because of its practical application. Strikes are designed for real-world situations, low kicks that are difficult to counter, and efficient use of your energy. One of the core aspects of the martial art that makes it very useful when it comes to self-defense is learning to anticipate your attacker’s moves.
#2. Muay Thai
Next on our list is Muay Thai, also known as “the art of eight limbs”. This discipline is traditionally practiced in close-quarters combat and focuses on using shins, knees, elbows, and fists as hard striking weapons. Muay Thai is the number one stand-up fighting art. Along with conditioning of bones, the rigorous training of an effective striking strategy makes it arguably the best form of fighting. This style of fighting includes a lot of clinch, the shortest range stand-up combat that exists.
Clinch happens when opponents are holding each other by their arms, head and shoulders to try to secure close range elbows and knees. It also allows you to battle in any combat position standing, on the ground or moving around. Throws are also incorporated into the system so that you can develop a well-rounded understanding of defense when in different situations.
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#3. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
The third discipline on our list is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This style of martial art is a true hybrid of techniques and incorporates grips, strangles, and joint locks. It also teaches you how to control your center of gravity against that of an attacker. So although it is good for self-defense, it is not designed exclusively for self-defense.
In theory, Jiu-Jitsu is premised on the concept that a smaller opponent can defeat a less skilled, larger, and stronger one by making use of leverage and skill. Basically, Jiu-Jitsu grappling techniques can counteract this larger opponent, notwithstanding their longer reach or better strikes. Training in Jiu-Jitsu is an education in space management. This is why it is such a versatile tool in violent interactions. If someone is looking to strike, you can control them until help arrives or send them into a dreamlike slumber with a choke, simply by taking away the correct space. If someone is looking to take control of you or put you in a compromising position, you can create the necessary space to get away or stop the assault.
#4. Mixed Martial Arts
Our fourth martial art on the list is not just one martial art, but a variation of many – Mixed Martial Arts. In recent years, MMA has grown in population thanks to organizations like UFC and Bellator and is a way of testing out different styles. This doesn’t necessarily mean that all practitioners are best at any one style but it certainly gives them the ability to defend themselves.
To be able to defend yourself, you will need to know how to fight both standing up and grappling. With MMA, you are taught the skills of striking with punches and kicks as well as takedowns and submission holds. MMA is very much a sport but everything that is taught in MMA can be used for self-defense.
If you are trained in Mixed Martial Arts and you are attacked, you will react instinctively. You will unleash a barrage of combinations that will seriously hurt or knock out an attacker. Another thing MMA gives a practitioner is confidence. And if confidence shows on the outside, it can sometimes be enough to prevent a fight in the first place.
#5. Krav Maga
At number five and the top spot is Krav Maga. This military self-defense and fighting system was developed for the Israel defense forces and is derived from a combination of techniques sourced from Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Aikido, and Karate. Like most martial arts, Krav Maga encourages students to avoid physical confrontation. But if this isn’t possible, it promotes finishing a fight as quickly and aggressively as possible. In the last couple of decades, it became popular worldwide and is practiced by many security forces as well as regular citizens for improved self-defense.
Contrary to all the other martial arts that are focused on fighting fairly, Krav Maga is more of a dark side fighting system in the sense that you can kick the opponent in the groin, poke his eyes, and use your environment to your advantage. Meaning, whatever objects are around you can use to your advantage or in fact, be aware of the nearest escape route.
Krav Maga also comes in very handy for real-life situations such as teaching you how to disable your opponent if he has a weapon. Unlike most other fighting styles, there is no sparring in Krav Maga. So although it’s great for self-defense, it doesn’t supply you with the practice you may need before facing that attacker.
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