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The Most Effective Martial Art for Self-Defence on the Street

Updated on March 11, 2017
The best martial art for self-defense in the streets
The best martial art for self-defense in the streets

It has been two years since my last post regarding martial arts. In these two years, I have had the privilege to practice an extremely wide range of martial arts aimed at self-defence, bringing my count to 15 different martial arts in total.

Although some of them, in my opinion, would never work in a hostile atmosphere and would probably get you killed, there are others that I studied that will send the assailants in the opposite direction. I also picked up some practical experience on the way when I was attacked by a guy with a knife, so I can say which martial art I instinctively chose given the situation; it worked.

In my article, I will highlight the five best martial arts for self-defence, in my opinion.

I would also like to state that if self-defence is your only aim and you are not looking for an oriental lifestyle as well, I would stay away from traditional martial arts like karate or taekwondo or aikido. These arts take years to master before you can dare to take on muggers on the street, and even with years of practice, they won't guarantee your safety largely due to outdated training methods that don't prepare you for street fighting. I would like to state that there are exceptions to the norm, though, as with all things in life, but that's an article of its own.

I based my choice mostly on:

  • The effectiveness of the techniques
  • The speed and simplicity of the arts

These are the most effective arts of self-defence I have practiced and the reasoning behind my choices:

5.Fillipino Martial Arts in the Form of Kali and Eskrima

FMA use knives and sticks in addition to hand-to-hand combat.
FMA use knives and sticks in addition to hand-to-hand combat.

These arts have originated from the very wide scope of fighting traditions practiced by traders traveling through the Philippines, as the locals always kept an open mind to effective ways of fighting. The resulting art focused on stick and knife fighting.

Although Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) has a tight learning curve, especially regarding the sticks, it's definitely one of the most potent arts I have ever practiced. The knife fighting is ever developing since new ways to cut and defend with a knife are constantly incorporated into the syllabus. They even have legal live knife fights to the death in the Philippines.

FMA's hand-to-hand fighting follows the principle that the same stick techniques can be applied without the stick since the stick is only an extension of the body. Although the resulting techniques are not too bad, I have seen better.

The main focus of this art is the sticks and knives, and since a person can find some form of a stick or carry a knife around almost anywhere, this martial art is suited for self-defence on the street.

4.Combat Sambo

Combat Sambo is a military fighting form based on grappling.
Combat Sambo is a military fighting form based on grappling.

This is a Russian martial art based mostly on grappling.

Take note that there are three forms of Sambo, and although they mostly contain the same moves, the application and purpose of the techniques are completely different. There is:

  • Sport Sambo, aimed at competition fighting
  • Self-Defence Sambo, aimed self-defence and inflicting minimum damage to the attacker
  • Combat Sambo, which basically is the military fighting form created to inflict serious damage

Combat Sambo is the form, in my opinion, that is the most effective for the street, although Self-Defence Sambo also carries some weight. Since it is a grappling art, you have to train your reflexes, and practice is an absolute necessity before applying the techniques in a life-threatening situation. Once mastered, the techniques taught are effective, since the whole art is based on real-life situations in the military. But as I said, dedicated practice is required. Their gun defence is also very tricky to master, and doing it improperly by just a bit will get you killed. It took me two months of hard practice before I was able to apply one of the defensive techniques. Their striking is also in my opinion a bit underdeveloped but then again with such effective grappling techniques you will rarely be required to strike an opponent anyway. The biggest challenge for the practitioner is mastering the proper reflexes to apply the art.

3.Pencak Silat

Pencak Silat is a term used for a collection of Indonesian martial arts that were developed to combat the Dutch. It has a wide variety of forms, and picking the correct one is crucial for effective self-defence.

The techniques I studied were similar to Muay Thai with the addition of knife and gun techniques. The reason I picked this art as one of my top five was its marginal simplicity, being a bit easier to master than the grappling forms of self-defence. It involves a lot of strikes rather than grabs making it easier to apply, since the area where the technique can be applied is much bigger than in grappling. I found almost all the techniques functional for a street situation. However, a few moves were exceptions and wouldn't be so effective if common external factors, such as the attacker reacting in a resistant manner, kicked in. All in all, though, this art will teach you how to defend your life if necessary, even if your attacker is wielding a knife or a gun.

2.Commando Krav Maga/Combat Survival

This is a grappling martial art developed by Moni Aizik based on Judo. It was specifically created for the purpose of self-defence in real-life situations of today, where guns and knives are usually present.

This, however, is not Krav Maga as created by Imi Lichtenfield, and one should not be confused by the two. I personally think Moni just incorporated the word Krav Maga as a sales gimmick to attract people. Nonetheless, it is an effective martial art, and all of the moves and techniques are applicable in real life. I actually found a lot of similarities between Combat Krav Maga (CKM) and Combat Sambo, probably because both arts have roots in Jiu Jitsu.

Since it is a grappling art, it also has a bit of a learning curve, and practice is required before you could apply the techniques in a life-threatening situation. The striking in CKM has its roots in Muay Thai, but not a lot of attention is given to this aspect. Although the techniques are quite simple, fast reflexes are needed to properly execute the moves taught. Its gun and knife defences are effective, but I still prefer Krav Maga's approach, which will be discussed next. Again there's no reason not to consider this as your primary form of self-defence; you will not be disappointed.

1.Krav Maga

Krav Maga combines many martial arts forms.
Krav Maga combines many martial arts forms.

The first time I heard about Krav Maga, I was skeptical, partly due to the fact that I thought it was a marketing machine, an expensive art that couldn't teach me anything I didn't know. However, it was on the list of self-defence arts, so I decided to have a look.

Krav Maga is mostly a striking Israeli martial art created by Imi Lichtenfield for the IDF and originally had its roots in boxing, karate, and wrestling. Today, the art has been modified to include Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and various other arts. To put it simply, it's militarized MMA.

In all my life, I had never seen such a simplistic yet effective form of fighting. It is so simplistic, I almost felt insulted while learning it. As I am a MMA fighter, I knew 80% of the techniques already, and mastering the gun and knife defences was a breeze. At the same time, I was truly impressed.

The gun defence is so effective that proper application will always leave you with the gun in one second, whether or not you are smaller than your opponent. There is nothing the attacker can do once the technique is initiated except running as fast as he can in the opposite direction. The knife defence is basically Muay Thai blocks with extremely basic jiu jitsu to disarm the knife, also incredibly effective. It also incorporates ground fighting, which is actually just the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu syllabus.

Krav Maga can thus actually be seen not as one art, but as a combination of the most effective techniques for any given situation from any art: thus, militarized MMA. Since it is so basic, it also makes it possible to learn Krav Maga through a book or dvd series. I did the basic course then bought the book and dvds to master the rest. So even if you are a master in various martial arts, take the time to learn Krav Maga, it's truly a noteworthy addition. To beginners, if you are looking for self-defence, I would recommend this as my number one art.

There are a few other reasons I like Krav Maga so much. The whole Krav Maga system is based around natural reactions of the body in certain situations, and the techniques are then developed around this concept. Thus you could almost say Krav Maga will be the natural reaction of the body. This is important for one reason: Once you are in a life-threatening situation, adrenalin starts pumping into your system, and your brain loses its finer motor functions. Meaning if you are not extremely well trained in an art, you won't be able to apply techniques that require steps (which might play a role in the other self-defence arts). Since Krav Maga is based around natural reactions, even a person not so well-trained in martial arts will be able to execute its techniques under stress with relative ease. Krav Maga classes have a tendency to be extremely expensive where I live, though, and classes advance at a very slow pace, so if this might also be your problem, get the book and dvds and start practicing. If you are already a MMA or traditional MA practitioner where sparring is involved, in my opinion, don't even bother with classes, the book and especially the dvd series will be sufficient. That is just my opinion, though.

My Experience Fending off a Knife Mugger

When I was attacked by a knife mugger, I was actually curious about how my body would react and with what art I studied it would defend. It was indeed Krav Maga, but most probably because it was the most natural reaction.

But all of the above self-defence arts are effective, and with proper dedicated training, each one of these arts will make you a serious force to be reckoned with on the street or anywhere. If you truly have the time/years and really want to learn a traditional art such as karate, it is an option since most karate forms will include sparring, which in turn will sharpen your reflexes.

I cannot emphasize reflexes enough, because in the end that is the factor that will determine how good your self-defence will be. Having the knowledge of all these arts will help nothing if you do not have the reflexes to apply it. So actually studying any art that develops reflexes will be a step in the right direction.

One should also take note that striking arts require substantially less refined reflexes grappling arts since the application of a grappling art requires more accuracy.

If you do decide on a traditional martial art, take my advice and do a Krav Maga course in between classes. The knowledge you will gain will always be with you even if the art you study fails. The choice is yours.

If you are a MMA partitioner and wondering how effective MMA is for self defence, have a look at my article discussing the various points of debate around the subject.

Since the world is a big place, I have probably missed many martial arts that are also aimed at self-defence (or at least can be used for that purpose). This article is also based on my personal opinion so it’s not written in stone. So once again, speak your mind.

The list of martial arts that I practice and considered for this list is as follows: Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, CKM, Combat Sambo, FMA, Pencak Silat, Taekwondo, Karate, Ninjitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Pancration, Systema, and Krav Maga.

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      DEFENCE 2 weeks ago

      Defence is the correct spelling in British/Canadian/Australian English, although defense is how it's spelled in American English.

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      Anonimo 2 weeks ago

      No Muay Thai? Mhhhh........

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      DEFENSE 4 weeks ago

      It's spelled with an "S". There is no "C" in the word DEFENSE.

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      streetwise 6 weeks ago

      Hi author.

      Informative article and amazing that you are still answering/helping others in this thread after 7yrs.

      Ive dabbled in various MA since a teen... Ninjitsu, Boxing, Mauy Thai, Wing Chun, Taiji and others, to give you an idea of where i am coming from.

      Im now around 50yo and want a "simple" MA that i can train now to keep in my skillset till im in my 90s. So needs to be simple to remember and not physically hard on a body when im older. This is why i leaned toward Wing Chun & Taiji in recent years. Yet found them complex to learn and be competant with them and may not be as useful in a street scenario as others as u have suggested. What do u recomend? KM? I assume Mauy Thai be too hard on the body as one gets older? Especially shin blocks. And BJJ may be not suitable when i get to 90yo or so. There is a guy who teaches KM in my area but this is not his main teaching. And there is also Mauy Thai and Bjj. Ive recently dropped out of the Taiji/TaiChi which although is spose to ve one of the deadliest MAs, is also very long at 108 forms ... then another 108 for the grandmaster style. I wasnt born in the east so dont have the time or patience to fully learn a complex MA such as TaiChi. Any thoughts for others out there who may already be elderly but wanting to defend themselves in needed??

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      Kichu 2 months ago

      It is really an amazing article..what you said is absolutely true..bring us more of your valuable information.

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      Usman 2 months ago

      Dear Sir

      My 6 year old son started BJJ one year ago. Unfortunately the instructor moved. Ultimately I would want him to learn KM, however most clubs don't start until age 12. In the interim, I want him to learn a martial art which is useful for self defence and above all improve balance, reflexes and coordination. Is copiera the best option, or finding another BJJ school? I would be open to other suggestions also. I do however think at this age, body control, movement, reflexes and balance are the most important. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

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      arpan sharma 2 months ago

      i feel that in my life tai chi is best i see that this is the best martial arts in the world & learn kyokushin-kan karate.

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      Shane P. 2 months ago

      Great article. I appreciate how you included knife and gun techniquest to compile a practical and realistic self defense art list.

      I have been considering taking Krav Maga. I studied Hwarangdo for 3 years and loved every minute of it. It's a very effective and comprehensive combat art, and I found that even as a yellow belt, I could hold my own sparring and grappling against higher belts from other arts.

      I stopped training in Hwarangdo when the teacher turned his dojang into an MMA cage fighting school, and there are no other schools in my area. I'm not interested in cage fighting, but I would really like to get back into training an art that is effective for street self defense.

      Also, thank you for making the distinction between CKM and KM. I am familiar with Moni, but I was not aware his techniques were not traditional KM. It seems like Krav Maga is the art I should check out, as there is a school here in the Reno area. Thanks again.

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      Martial Artist 2 months ago

      Greetings Parent,

      At this stage she needs to develop a love for martial arts and Capoeira is a good starting place. It will help with muscle development and reflexes but Jujitsu is a better choice for practical purposes and self defence. But as she is still very young Capoeira should be sufficient for now. All the best!

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      Parent 2 months ago

      My daughter is almost 5. She has started taking Capoeira classes. She could also attend combat jujitsu near our house. Kraal Maga she must be 14 so she will take that when she is eligible. I think the Capoeira is more appealing to her at this point because of the music and acrobatic elements. Would this be a good way to develop good reflexes? I do appreciate the music/dance aspect for a younger kid. The jujitsu is cheaper and closer to the house though. I am thinking of doing the capoeira until about age 8-10 then the combat jujitsu then the Krav Maga at 14. What is your opinion?

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      Martial Artist 4 months ago

      Greetings Tarannum Rana,

      If you have no prior experience with martial arts it might be a very difficult task to learn on just video and net material as some principles has to be taught in a class environment to prevent learning bad technique that might just get you hurt. I say difficult however and not impossible as some has learned it that way and was successful. I recommend finding a muay thai class if possible even if it is only for a free class or 2 to just give you an oversight, there is a bunch of good muay thai beginner courses on YouTube, you can just search for it. All the best

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      Martial Artist 4 months ago

      Good day Searcher,

      InDefence is alligned with KMG and will be a good source for your training. They follow the correct form, all the best

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      Tarannum Rana 5 months ago

      Hi! Nice article, thanks a lot for it!

      I am a 22 year old girl anf want to take up some martial art. My purpose for doing it is basically self defence, but I want to make a life long routine out it. What martial art do you suggest, considering that I have no experience? Also, thanks to genetics, I have decent muscle strength, so I woudn't mind training in grappeling too. Also, I am from Delhi, India, and most of MA classes here are either a hoax or are way out of my budget. So I will be relying heavily on net for the lessons. So could you please refer some good websites or youtube channels that you follow?

      Kindly reply. I am looking forward to start my practice as soon as I can!

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      Me 10 months ago

      Tae Kwon do is a martial art that I have done and it works well. I had a bully and once he saw what I could do he decided to do it now he is been taught discipline and has become more calm.

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      Angels 11 months ago

      What about kung fu?

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      Martial Artist 11 months ago

      Greetings dunno wat dat means,

      I mean it is rather difficult to learn for practical purposes, but effective once you have mastered the basics. All the best

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      Martial Artist 11 months ago

      Greetings Razzle,

      I would recommend Tae Kwon Do above Wing Chun as Tae Kwon Do has sparring that will improve reflexes, Muay Thai above Tae Kwon Do and Krav Maga or Sambo above Muay Thai. All the best

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      Martial Artist 11 months ago

      Greetings Animesh,

      I have only trained in Savate unfortunately, but have found it to be quite effective as it has a lot of sparring. I would however rather recommend Muay Thai above Savate as their techniques are in my opinion more effective. None of the systems however have any knife or gun defences and you would therefore have to do a Krav Maga course inbetween to learn those techniques. All the best

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      Martial Artist 11 months ago

      Good day Kosho Shorei Ryu Student,

      It depends on the dojo where you want to train kenpo, some schools focus on realistic training which has a decent self defence training factor and others are more focused on the traditional mindset which makes it less effective on the street. If you can find a good dojo it is a effective self defence option. All the best

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      dunno wat dat means 11 months ago

      u said kali has a tight learning curve in the article. What does that mean? I am asking because I am about to train it.

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      Razzle 11 months ago

      Hi,

      I am looking into learning a martial art which will help me know how to defend myself against a knife attacks and just in general from street fights. I would like to take my brother with me who gets bullied at school and I am wondering what martial art you would recommend. A local instructor not too far from me teaches Wing Chun and another teaches Tae Kwon Do, so would any of these be a good option? Cheers

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      Animesh 11 months ago

      Greetings Martial Artist,

      I just want to know your opinion about Savate & Paul Vunak's progressive Fighting System.

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      Kosho Shorei Ryu Student 12 months ago

      What do you say about Kenpo?

      It is more realistic than TKD, Karate, Kickboxing or even Aikido. Give me your considerations about this Art.

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      Paul S 12 months ago

      There is value in all arts if taught well and practised diligently, but most schools fail their students in not providing realistic practise. You must have the techniques to what's that are instinctive,

      but the real challenge is training yourself emotionally and mentally handle an actual fight - which is where your street

      thug had the advantage. Controlling the

      situation is as much about reading your attacker or would be attacker and leading them as it is a specific technique. I actually got out of several ugly street scenarios what's I was physically outmatched by multiple opponents - not through my years of northern shaolin or kenpo etc. but by what I said and how I said it.

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      shalva 12 months ago

      thanks,by the way your article is great,one of the best i've ever read about this theme

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      Martial Artist 13 months ago

      Greetings shalva,

      One can become a very effective fighter in 2 years in both arts in my opinion.

      All the best!

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      shalva 13 months ago

      i have a question,im an armwretler in good shape muscles and stuff,is it possible for someone really dedicated to master muay thai and krav maga in 5 years?

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      Martial Artist 14 months ago

      Good day Will1,

      Thank you for your comment. I have tried Qi Gong. All the best!

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      Martial Artist 14 months ago

      Good day Jim,

      I would advise that you consider Krav Maga and supplement it with Aikido as Aikido will also teach you balance manipulation and core control. If it was not for the lack of realistic training, Aikido would be a very effective art, adding Krav Maga will make it a very potent combination. All the best!

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      Martial Artist 14 months ago

      Good day Dan,

      I have experienced Keysi and agree it is very effective, since classes are only available in selected areas of the world I however left it off the list as most people reading this article would not have access to it. All the best!

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      Martial Artist 14 months ago

      Greetings JezZ,

      You can try:

      http://www.kravmaga-tokyo.com/ or https://kravmagatokyo.com

      All the best!

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      WIll1 19 months ago

      Very good article. Its nice that someone includes a reality factor. I've had my friends come at me with whichever take down/toss/strike combination they felt would work best.

      What I eventually found worked for me were throws and hip tosses. It was difficult at first, to make them work in a situation where you didn't know what your opponent was doing, but eventually I realized you can, if done very smoothly, redirect your own body weight at the same time you carry out a solid hip toss or throw technique.

      It hurts when you throw your opponent on top of you, even in a safe environment, and you do learn how to apply proper force, in the correct direction.

      Kali, and Aikido, are two of my favorite techniques to train for what I consider applicable self defense, as both can be done practiced by yourself. Do you qi gong?

      Thank you, Will1

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      Jim 19 months ago

      Thank you for your insight on the world of martial arts.

      I am seeking a martial art which enhances health through chi cultivation, and also is effective for self defense. I think this limits me to the Chinese styles, and assumes that I can even find a kung fu teacher who truly understands and can teach these elements of chi and internal force.

      If I find one who can (and how do I as completely inexperienced even judge that?), do I take a traditional Chinese martial art, or do I take Krav Maga, along with something like yoga, assuming that the kung fu of today will most likely either be ineffective or overly complex for self defense?

      The following schools are possibilities for Kung Fu:

      http://www.flagstaffkungfu.org/NewHampshire.html

      http://www.wushukungfu.net/adultskungfu.htm

      http://www.hunggarkungfuliondanceacademy.com/schoo...

      http://www.wahlumwellness.com/

      And these are possibles for Krav Maga:

      http://salemkravmaga.com/

      http://akiyamakan.com/kapap-krav-maga/

      And there's even a possibility for "effective" Aikido:

      http://www.bushikanaikido.com/

      I am old enough to not have a few years to "waste" in a school only to find out that the art as taught is ineffective when needed, so I really want to choose the "right" school first.

      This has left me so indecisive, yet I need to make a decision. Any advice please would be greatly appreciated, what do you think of the above?

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      Dan Holloway 19 months ago

      Good article! Check out Keysi Fighting Method and Defence Lab by Andy Norman. After 20 years of martial arts including Krav i'd say these are the most functional forms of self defence

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      jezZ 21 months ago

      Am in Japan. Do you know legit krav maga school here? Thanks in advance.

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      Martial Artist 22 months ago

      Greetings Shawn,

      Due to Wing Chun being a traditional martial art, I would not recommend it as your option for self defence. Although Bruce Lee did train in it, he also trained in a wide spectrum of other martial arts as well. Krav Maga is combat proven and provides the best chance of defending yourself properly should you need to. All the best

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      Martial Artist 22 months ago

      Greetings George,

      Apologies for the late reply. I would recommend Mastering Krav Maga (Volume I) 6 DVD Set -- Self-Defense (Beginner to Advanced), as David Kahn is well known in Krav Maga and you can therefore be certain the instruction you receive is correct. Please do make a point of also attending classes or a course as you have to develop your reflexes to apply Krav Maga, and that can mostly only be done in a class atmosphere. All the best

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      Martial Artist 22 months ago

      Greetings Andrew Carroll,

      There were quite a few. My body chose Krav Maga due to being the most natural response. All the best.

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      Martial Artist 22 months ago

      Greetings altec.gs,

      Thank you for your feedback. I did not base my choice on the authenticity of the arts I recommended, as I am well aware that Moni's version of Krav Maga is no where near the original form, but on the effectiveness of the techniques. In my opinion it is still more effective than all the forms you mentioned except for MCMAP, which I did not mention as availability to train in it outside the US is almost non existent. All the best

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      Martial Artist 22 months ago

      Greetings Lonhu,

      Although the system does contain effective principles, it is still a traditional martial art that is not necessarily based on situations of today. If possible, rather consider Krav Maga. All the best

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      Shawn 22 months ago

      Any idea how Wing Chun stacks up to other martial arts like Krav Maga? I read that Bruce Lee trained in Wing Chun before he developed his own art, and I saw it in a TV show which got me curious.

      I've been thinking of taking it or Krav Maga. The latter seems safer as it seems to be a lot more well known in fighting and self defense circles.

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      george 2 years ago

      Hi Martial Artist,

      Firstly, just want to say thanks again for your recommendation last year to have my 5-year old son start in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu before moving on to Krav Maga. He just started at ikmftoronto.com last month and he loves it. Doing the BJJ a year before definitely gave him some ease in learning some similar KM techniques.

      If you don't mind, I do have another question: I'm thinking of getting a KM DVD course, mainly for use myself (I may end up taking some adult classes at ikmftoronto as well). There seems to be only two on Amazon right now:

      - Mastering Krav Maga (Volume I) 6 DVD Set -- Self-Defense (Beginner to Advanced)

      http://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Krav-Self-Defense-...

      - Ultimate Krav Maga Self-Defense Instructional Set (Beginner to Intermediate)

      http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Self-Defense-Instru...

      Do you have any recommendation for one or the other?

      thx, george

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      Andrew Carroll 2 years ago

      Hi again.

      Sorry if you mentioned this but what krav maga technique did you use on the mugger & why did you choose this over muay thai or bjj or aikidio technique. Was it simply how you reacted?

      What situation did you find yourself in?

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      altec.gs 2 years ago

      I have about 3 years of Krav Maga training behind me with KMG and IKMF, and all i want to say about this article is to please remove Moni Aizik "KravMaga" from this list as it is not original Imi's KM nor anything similar. It is his own bs super soldier uber killer system and i think another system like JUDO,MMA,MCMAP,etc.. would be more welcome here.

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      Lonhu 2 years ago

      Dear Martial Artist.

      What is your opinion about ZEN BU KAN KEMPO ?

      Founder : Dr. Harnos Imre Hanshi

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvodbWfeOvo

      they also taught street fighting.

      thx.

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Good day Joe,

      Capoeira is a very flashy martial art and although one cannot deny that it has self defence qualities, I do not consider it a good option for self defence due to many aspects including have no element of suprise and not being effective for multiple opponent combat. Striking is an essential component of being able to defend yourself and one usually avoids kicks as you risk a lot of balance. Rather try Krav Maga or Muay Thai. If you really want to practice it for another reason then just do a Krav Maga course as well. All the best

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Good day Mubbi,

      If your budget is tight, I will definitely recommend Muay Thai. It is not so specialized as Krav Maga therefore cheaper but still provides excellent self defence. Just have a look at the gun and knife disarms of Krav Maga on YouTube and add it to your arsenal as Muay Thai excludes such techniques. Muay Thai is used for Krav Maga's striking techniques. All the best

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Greetings Looking for an art,

      EnduranceKravMaga is a good choice, they are true to the correct teachings of Krav Maga. All the best

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      Joe 2 years ago

      Good day Mr. Martial Artist. i would like to know your opinion about Capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) in real life combat situation if you don't mind. I personally have never met anyone training Capoeira, so i was looking for the info from Google, and found out that Capoeira was just useless as we were trying to dance in front of the muggers with knives or baseball bats. I only have been training Shinkyokushinkai for nearly 2 years, so i have a slight wish to mix both arts.

      Thank you in advance.

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      mubbi 2 years ago

      Greetings martial Artists.. thank you so much for your suggestion.. I spoke to the instructor on the link you posted.. krav maga seems to be a very expensive martial arts here in Bangalore.. It is completely out of my budget as I am a student.. I'll have to manage the expenses on it on my own.. so what best would you recommend next .. what other than krav maga do you think would suit me best.. I so desperately need to learn one.. One that would be really help full in any real life threatening situation And even in case of multiple attackers it would help me .. thank you for your valuable time

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      looking for an art 2 years ago

      Oh and the 2 main krav maga centers got shut down. Mid south and the other one. So I can't train there.

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      looking for an art 2 years ago

      martial artist what is your opinion of www.endurancekravmaga.com ?

      they are affialiated with the krav maga alliance and I think I want to possibly train there. Thanks.

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Greetings Beginner MA,

      What is your purpose for training?

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Good day Monolithic,

      In terms of your questions, a combination of Krav Maga and Aikido would in my opinion be a very good choice as the biggest problem with Aikido today is a lack of teaching the students the proper reflexes to apply the techniques. Krav Maga will thus make up for that and teach you proper striking and kicking techniques. So definitely a very good combination for self defence. Ninjitsu is largely dependent if you can find a club with a proper lineage which is extremely rare so would not consider it above the above mentioned combination. Aikido is also a very good art to get your children into the martial arts game but would move them over in six months to either BJJ or Krav Maga as Aikido on its own is very difficult to use, in my opinion, for self defence. Kids also like activities and competitions so would actually recommend BJJ or Muay Thai. It keeps them interested and invested. BJJ being the less injury danger of the two. All the best

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Greetings Mubbi,

      Had a look at the other club link you sent. I would still rather stay with the original link I sent you as they have affiliation with Israel and therefore insures you get proper Krav Maga training. It is also the most recommended fighting form for the purpose you want to train for. All the best!

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      Beginner ma 2 years ago

      Hi, you seem very experienced in a variety of ma and respectable in such areas. I'm beginning my descent into martial arts and am confused on what one to choose. I'm young and can't travel outside of the UK to receive training, what would you recommend??

      Thank you in advance.

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      Monolithic 2 years ago

      Hi Martial Artist,

      Just found your site after a Google search. I've never taken martial arts training before, but I'm a former college athlete (ice hockey goalie) and still play competitively and have decent reflexes. I'm a father of three kids under the age of 5. So I don't have a lot of free time and want to make as informed of a decision as I can before I invest time and money.

      I have three multi-part questions. The self-defense part particularly is important to me for "street self-defense" and also if I were in a bar fight. So I'm coming from those two possible scenarios.

      1.) I am considering Aikido and also cross-training in Krav Maga since I have heard that Aikido takes so long to master. My choices for the above are because I have heard that Aikido is a good self-defense martial art that allows you to defend yourself w/o having to seriously injure the opponent. The downside is that it takes a long time to learn it to the point where it is effective / you can properly apply it. This is where Krav Maga comes in. It seems to cover the areas where Aikido might be lacking in the beginning. I also chose Aikido because I am thinking it is something I can continue doing into my 50's as well. Are Aikido and Krav Maga a good combination or would you recommend something else?

      2. Is Bujinkan Ninjitsu (taijutsu) an effective martial art for self-defense? Could I combine it with something else like I am considering with Aikido and Krav Maga? If not, why not?

      My last question involves my little ones:

      3.) I'd like to get them involved in a martial art. Is Aikido a good choice? My thinking is that since it takes a long time to master and they are so young, they would have time to practice and grow into it. Or is Aikido to much of a "by-gone" martial art? If not aikido, what other martial art would you recommend for young kids to start with?

      Many thanks,

      Michael

      Columbus, Ohio

      USA

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      mubbi 2 years ago

      Sir

      I am very very much confused

      Whether to start with karate or judo or takewando or kung fu or mauy Thai or BJJ or Krav maga or kick boxing or MMA .. I want to learn from basics every thing very clearly and correctly .. Wright from the practitioner level to expert level.. learning the right and effective form of martial arts has been my dream right from my childhood.. And now that I have got a chance to learn I really don't want to waste my Time and money learning a kind of martial arts that would literally be off no use to me... Pls throw some light on it

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      mubbi 2 years ago

      Respect martial Artists this is the one I was talking about..

      http://badazz.in/franklin-joseph/

      Or

      The one there in the link you posted

      Please advise :)

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      mubbi 2 years ago

      Respected martial Artists I am very thankful to you for having spent your quality time in replying to my query..

      My question is I am very much found off martial arts and want to learn one for my self defense.. I have no much martial arts training I had attended a few classes of shotokon karate in my high school.. which didn't help me at all.. As a child I was abused a lot and also bullied by a bunch a guys.. Respect sir I want to learn martial arts that would help me in my worst situations.. a Real martial art.. sir could you please help me choose the best form off martial arts in india (Bangalore).. I am 21 currently.. I want to learn martial arts that would help me in any worst possible scenario.. You have got a very good knowledge in this field I have been reading all your posts on this website.. Honoured having spoken to you.. kindly guide me choose best form of martial arts.. thank you .. And in case your answer is krav maga.. there are two famous krav maga centres in Bangalore .. The one you've already posted a link about.. and the other one is Badaaz combat academy krav maga Bangalore.. instructor Franklin Joseph..

      Thank you

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Hi Bodybuilder,

      I do not agree with those statements. I lift myself and found that in my opinion and performance they compliment each other. But it is dependent on the way you train. Muay Thai is a snapping action art and that comes from the triceps. The bigger the tricep the harder the snappier the punch, the bigger the biceps the pushier the punch. If you lift in proportion it shouldn't be a problem. The only disadvantage you do have is the bulkier you are, the slower you are but then again...the harder you hit. So you have to focus on the strong points. In terms of damage you might pick up, it depends on what your Muay Thai training looks like. If you can find a club that trains in proper gear there is no damage as the gloves stabilizes your wrist and hands so, as long as you use proper form and technique you will never have a problem. I found that lifting with large muscle groups rather then muscle isolating exercises (like standing barbell curls instead of lets say preacher curls) do help in-proportion building. All the best

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      Bodybuilder 2 years ago

      Hi martial artist. I was told that it is not good to learn striking arts if you lift weights, because weight lifting is a pushing motion while striking is a snapping motion. Is it really that big of a deal? Are there any striking arts I can learn as a weight lifter? Is it ok to learn krav maga if you lift weights? I was told I should not train muay thai if I am a weight lifter becasue it will cause problems.

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Greetings mubbi,

      This will help you out:

      http://www.kravmagaindia.in/locations/loc-bangalor...

      All the best

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Greetings Jimmy J,

      I have tried looking for information regarding Keno 5.0 but I can not find anything regarding the martial art. So unfortunately I won't be able to assist you. You should note though that if a martial is so unknown one has to question it's effectiveness. Rather stick to proven methods like Krav Maga. All the best.

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      mubbi 2 years ago

      Respect martial Artists could you pls help me know where in Bangalore I can practice the original form of IKM... I am very much interested in this art.. Thank you

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      Jimmy J 2 years ago

      Hi Matial Artist

      I came to this site searching for a proper self defence system to learn. I found the content quite informative.

      What are your views about Jeff Speakman Keno 5.0

      They have incorporated grappling techniques as well and also use wrestling style self defence.

      Pl. Advice.

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      John 2 years ago

      Thank u sir. It was a grear help.

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Greetings John,

      Jiu-Jitsu is not a bad fighting form in itself, if it has sparring it should temper reflexes. But Mid-South Krav Maga seem to have the correct alignment and seems legit as their instructors regularly travel to Israel for training. So they should give you proper Krav Maga training. All the best!

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      John 2 years ago

      Well, it turns out I won't need to move after all and I'm sticking with my major in college. So I guess I'll ask you about these krav maga guys. Like I said the place you recommended me was shut down maybe a year ago so I can't train there. Thanks. http://midsouthkravmaga.com/

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      John 2 years ago

      Thanks for the reply Martial Artist. But the krav place you listed is now shut down, but for some reason they left the site up. I may need to move when I graduate from school, maybe not, I guess Ill ask then. Right now Im training Jiu Jitsu, All the best.

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Greetings John,

      Can't seem to find their affiliations on their site so can not unfortunately comment on their validity. Would rather recommend http://www.kravmagax.com/ as they are directly aligned with Eyal Yanilov. All the best

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      John 2 years ago

      Does the krav maga look legit at this place? www.mymemphismma.com

      If not where would you recommend I train Krav maga in Memphis. Thanx

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Greetings Andrei,

      Since I have been doing it for quite a long time now (7 years), it functions quite well as a supplementary martial art to my Muay Thai and BJJ (main martial arts) as it teaches excellent balance manipulation skills. It is however in my opinion not sufficient as a self defence martial art on its own not taking into account the exceptions. So to sum up it compliments all my main martial art styles and that is why I practice it. All the best

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      Andrei 2 years ago

      Hello Martial Artist,

      You say that it takes years to master aikido, then why do you still practice' it ? along with MuayThay, BJJ and KM...

      This will not take just more more years to master ?

      Thank you, Andrei

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Greetings oldie1,

      It seems to be a more modernized style with some incorporated jiu jitsu principles. From what I have seen it should be quite effective for self defence if it is realistically trained, although they still use the lowered guard traditional karate stance which I am not specifically a fan of but that can be modified. All the best.

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Greetings sunny,

      Either Krav Maga or Muay Thai will be the quickest to learn. All the best

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      Martial Artist 2 years ago

      Greetings Blonsky,

      It will be dependent on your club's training and how much sparring is involved but generally speaking it should give you an advantage, although something like Krav Maga or Muay Thai will make that advantage a lot bigger. All the best

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      oldie1 2 years ago

      Any thought on this style of Karate is it the same as any of the styles you mention? Or what styles might it be similar to?

      "Karate. (Shorin-Ryu Matsumura Seito) which is a Self Defense, Soft Style. "

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      sunny 2 years ago

      What martial arts is the fastest to learn out of all of this

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      Thank you so much 2 years ago

      Thank you so much sir for the article and answering my questions. i will betraining mua thai soon, then later krav maga. I will cross train in either aikido or bjj. Whichever suits my schedule best. Your advice made my decision so much easier. All the best.

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      Blonsky 2 years ago

      What do you think about Karate Shotokan? :) Do you think it can be effective against a street brutal fighter (no knifes and guns, only hand to hand)

      Greetings!

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      george 3 years ago

      Martial Artist: Thanks very much for your response. Ok, next year around the same time I'll signup my son at IKMF Toronto. It seems at IKMF that kids lessons are only once a week, so my son can still do BJJ at OpenMat the rest of the week.

      Thanks again,

      George

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      Martial Artist 3 years ago

      Greetings Bobkido,

      Thanks for the comment. Glad that you enjoyed the article. That is why I say there are always exceptions to the traditional art rule as some of them, such as your case with the Hapkido, do strive to modernize the training. All the best.

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      Martial Artist 3 years ago

      Greetings George,

      Thank you for your kind wishes. In regards to your questions:

      I personally would give it a year to get him into martial arts. Kids like stability as that puts them in a optimum learning condition and I think for his age it will do him well as it also is a lot of fun because of the sport element. I personally prefer the ikmftoronto.com club because they focus more on situations then techniques and with his bjj background he might progress quicker then in the kravmagatoronto.com. But both are good options. Krav Maga is only a self defence art so it doesn't have that sport element which helps kids develop healthy self image and teaches them perseverance and and a competitive spirit. You can also see if those KM clubs don't have BJJ classes maybe included in the membership which will make things a lot easier. So in essence if viable for you I would keep him doing both. But it is a parent's choice so it is up to you. If it is a non-issue for you and you just want to teach him proper self defence then the KM will be sufficient. All the best

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      Martial Artist 3 years ago

      Greetings Vg,

      It depends on what you are looking for in your art. BJJ is very effective for one-on-one fighting but for street defence where more then one person is involved it might be a challenge. It has to be supplemented with something like Muay Thai or Krav Maga. Escrima takes longer to learn but it focuses more on self defence and street fighting so once again it depends on what you are looking for and how long you are planning to do it. All the best.

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      Martial Artist 3 years ago

      Greetings Jack,

      Krav Maga should teach you the basics and proficiency of self defence within 6 months depending on your own commitment. Muay Thai is also not a bad option but for self defence I would rather recommend Krav Maga. All the best

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      Martial Artist 3 years ago

      Greetings Da'v i d,

      I personally prefer the Israeli Krav Maga Federation but only because they focus more on situations then techniques and because they update their techniques on a regular basis based on military experience. Do not know a lot from combat krav maga so can't really comment. Urban Krav Maga seems to have a lot of guys from Moni Aizik's CKM so don't expect them to have any connection with the direct Krav Maga lineage. But that doesn't mean it's not effective as CKM was not bad system in itself. Best is to try and see it for yourself. All the best

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      Martial Artist 3 years ago

      Greetings Welsh,

      When I started writing these articles I linked my club and name to my profile. As more people started reading my articles some people disagreed to what I wrote and started using my personal communication channels to attack me and debate my points instead of here which was too time constraining as also quite frankly a pain so I removed any personal connections to my profile. So on that point I do unfortunately do not give out my name any more. If you disagree to what I write then don't use my advice. It is based on my opinion anyway. All the best.

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      Martial Artist 3 years ago

      Greetings SeekerOfTruth,

      I had the look at the link you posted but it came up as invalid?

      All the best

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      Martial Artist 3 years ago

      Greetings Nick,

      I had a look at the Todd System CQC system, it all seems reality based so if you have no access to Krav Maga I think it should be sufficient in teaching you combat mechanics. If possible you can also read up on Google regarding Krav Maga techniques or get a book and just add it to the Todd System CQC system. All the best

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      Ludwig 3 years ago

      Sorry but i practiced Krav Maga several years and i also practiced Pukulan/Silat for several. I think its a nice system for people that never practised any form of martial art, but i dont think the average KM instructor can teach anyone that is advanced in another form something.

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      george 3 years ago

      Sorry, a third question that I forgot to ask:

      3. Once enrolled in KM, would you recommend my son continue on with BJJ as well? Or just quit BJJ after, and stick with KM?

      thx,

      - George

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      george 3 years ago

      Hi Martial Artist. Firstly, thanks very much for the article and informative replies to people.

      I found your reply awhile back to "cposteve" in Los Angeles -- about starting kids in BJJ first before Krav Maga -- particularly relevant, as my wife and I also have a youngster: A soon to be 5-year old son. After reading your recommendation, I enrolled him in BJJ at openmat.ca near our home here in downtown Toronto. He now attends 45 minutes a day, anywhere from 3 to 5 times a week, and he seems to be really enjoying it.

      Two questions though:

      1. At what point should I enroll him in KM? A year from now? Or when he just seems to understand balance, etc?

      2. There seem to be two major KM clubs here: ikmftoronto.com and kravmagatoronto.com . Would you say that ikmftoronto.com is the more suitable one for our son?

      Again, thanks very much for your help.

      - George

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      Bob E. 3 years ago from Omaha, Ne

      bjj is a ground focused art. Escrima is varied. It depends. Self defense is more about standing up. But do not elect to fore go ground training. Going to ground is tricky and dangerous. But I do teach my students to fight out of the ground and get up! The ground has rock, glass and other issues. Sorry...I think escrima for self defense and bjj as an activity or to suplement taekwondo, karate or other sticking arts. Where are you located? I have instructors all over the USA and Korea that I know. Thank you for the question.

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      Vg 3 years ago

      Hi,

      I have a choice between bjj or eskrima. Both are fun but unfortunately I can only do one due to time and financial restrictions. What do you recommend?

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      Bob E. 3 years ago from Omaha, Ne

      Sorry for the misspellings! busy at work

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      Bob E. 3 years ago from Omaha, Ne

      Nice article. Personally, I have training Hapkido, Judo, Jujitsu and Haganah. I have also cross trained with several other styles as well as training on 3 contentions. Personally, I bounced for 10 years for large bars and fought in tournaments in judo, grappling and full contact karate and taekwondo.

      Saying this I agree with most of your statements. I would like to see Combatives from the US military included in this list as well. It is based on several arts included in the list. I have a friend that I have trained in this and it saved his life, while taking others in Iraq. Doesn't more real than that.

      My art of Hapkido is another art that has been transform into a self defense system. Some hapkido has no kick or punching some is very different from the traditional form, but the Green Berets trained in hapkido ( which I believe was a basis of Krav Maga and others, in concept at least) in Vietnam because it is about trapping and control and defense. My style of Hapkido is focused on BJJ style ground work, judo,MMA,small joint trauma, taekwondo,karate, and other arts currently. We train in what works, close quarter training and knife and gun defense. We don't let people throw us or jump or give in and tend to spar hard with no pads. I am just saying reality in, reality out in concept through fruition.

      As you know the unknown factor is the person who is executing the technique. Me I love to hug people and control them, but i can kick and puck as well....isn't that the best martial art after all...which is our skills used properly, and not the actual art itself?

      I agree with your list at its core. I appreciate your insights and your training and enjoyed this article. Excellent stuff!

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      jack 3 years ago

      How long does it take to become fight proficient in krav maga. I like the fact it has knife and gun defenses, but I'm choosing between krav and thai boxing. Thanks. Krav is 2 days a week.

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      Da ' v i d 3 years ago

      I have many years training in various martial arts , both in the UK and Israel, what do you think of organisations such as , combat krav maga ,Israeily krav maga and urban Krav Maga , I believe that the latter of the above to be a good organisation , what is your opinion on all the above .

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      Welsh 3 years ago

      Hi Martial Artist , may I ask what you're name is , since it seems only fair that all of us know who we are addressing , my name is David , by the way .