Saturday, November 14, 2009

Anyone have an opinion on what martial art style is best for street fighting and self defense?

I have been doing research on what would be the best martial arts to learn, strictly for the street and for self defense. I have no interest in tournaments or the sport, just the right style to learn as fast as possible. There are many arguments out there on what is the best style, but my opinion would be the best style that works for your body type, age, health, etc., and what would leave you standing and alive in a real confrontation. Perhaps you have more upper body strength or more powerful legs, or even both.

I have narrowed it down to kung fu san soo, Krav Maga, possibly some form of kick boxing and maybe Hapkido. Of course the skill of the instructor would have a lot to do with personal development.

And of course with all the styles, there are different skill levels and techniques that work better than others. I am very interested in hearing from some of you that have experience and advice. Thanks for your input.|||It seems like you%26#039;ve done a little bit of research, which is very important when seeking a martial arts style. Unfortunately, it%26#039;s difficult to learn something %26quot;as fast as possible%26quot; and do it well. Becoming an accomplished martial artist takes a lot of time and practice.

Many different styles have pros %26amp; cons, and really no style is %26quot;the best.%26quot; But there are styles that cater primarily to self-defense vs. the %26quot;do%26quot; or %26quot;Way,%26quot; which, in my opinion, is also important in martial arts training. The power of internal energy is undefinable. But I digress.

First and foremost, find out what is in you area. Visit the schools and ask to watch a class. There is no point in picking a school one hour away if you can%26#039;t make it to class. If you are serious about training you better get your butt to class several days a week.

Of the four styles you listed, I%26#039;m most familiar with hapkido, which is definitely a good place to start. Joint locks are a great way to subdue an opponent, and if necessary, inflict serious pain. Also, you may want to learn how to use pressure points, which also cause a lot of pain.

But it doesn%26#039;t matter how well you can put someone else into an arm bar if you can%26#039;t take a hit. Also, fights often end up on the ground, and you may want to learn how to protect yourself in that type of situation as well.

The best answer is this: Find out what%26#039;s in your area. Meet with the instructor. Ask a lot of questions.

Good Luck!|||ITF style TaeKwonDo with some training in boxing is very good.|||san soo is realy good against mulitple opponents don%26#039;t do kick boxing 4 street fights 4 striking (kicking pucnhing ... standing up fighting) muay thai if u plan 2 wrestle in a street fight i don%26#039;t prefer 2 do it because then u have 2 worry about being stomped by the opponents freinds then i would go with bjj (brazilian jiu jistiu)|||wing chun kung fu|||Long distance running is the most likely to leave you standing and alive in a real confrontation. In the real world you are almost out numbered because bad guys run in gangs, and often have weapons.|||Take Brazillian Jiu Jitsu and kick boxing and you should be able to stomp some people pretty good. Also do some long distance running to improve your cardio, if you get tired before the other guy chances are you%26#039;ll lose no matter what you learn.|||My personal experiences have helped me to find styles that work for me . I use a mixture of CHA-3 kenpo ,kajukenbo ,and chinese boxing . They cover all the ranges and teach excellent techniques . Of these three I think CHA-3 kenpo is probably the most straight forward street fighting , kajukenbo being a very close second . I am somewhat biased though . The styles you have listed are also very effective .|||If you have no physical disabilities the Ka-Chang is the only thing you need to know or possibly the Ka-leenk

Ka-Chang with a little practice can stop any one from a 100 yards to a few inches Where as th Ka-leenk on targets at distance

Ka-chang is the sound a 45 auto makes when loaded

Ka-leenk is the sound a droped pin from a granade make

Either sound makes the strongest trimble.

I know both have served me well since Nam.|||Go to and see what type of training is offered in your area. I would go with Hapkido. It%26#039;s a complete martial art. Kung Fu is great but it takes along time to become proficient at it. Understand that it will take you a few years to become a proficient warrior no matter what you study. No quick fixes.

Make sure the school offers a lot of sparring.|||Of course I do not need to spend my time telling you that it is always hard to take one several guys, or that someone might get in lucky punch and %26quot;lights out%26quot;, so I will cut straight to it.

I am 25, and have recently taken up Kung Fu and Kickboxing. If you are wanting something for self defense and you do not want to spend a lot of time learning forms and history I would recommend some form of kickboxing.

It is important to stay away of an aerobic kickboxing class as they pop up on every street corner, but to get in a real %26quot;full contact%26quot; class in %26quot;traditional%26quot; kickboxing or Muay Thai.

These arts are really good for standing your ground and beating someone into submission, but if your fight goes to the ground you should look for Jui Jitsui or something similar to that.|||I agree with the guy with the running answer and the other guy who stated it was irrelevant what style. Self defense and street fighting is about survival and doing whatever it takes to beat the other person(s). It is a mindset and physical capability to engage in pure violence. If you can do that with a martial arts style, then okay, but the main idea is that you have a meat-eater outlook.

Nevertheless, the best self-defense is the one that avoids the necessity of having to engage in physical violence. So start running!|||There are no best arts, only best artists. Do not look for a good style, look for a good school.

The frequency and quality of your training will outweigh your style.

Any true martial art will be completely applicable in the street.

The danger of looking for a style is that in your town the only school that teaches it could be crappy, to join an inferior school would be an injustice to yourself.|||Judo or ju-jitsu, kung fu is excellant, because you learn nerve strikes, kicks, punches, counters, no blocks, because blocks are useless, and a waste of time

judo and ju-jitsu, joint locks and joint manipulation, you learn how to take a fall, throws, and chokes.|||To win a street fight means you survived. Whoever said jogging or distance running, that is funny and not to far off. I would only add climbing and such to get over fences quickly.

As far as gun-fu, gun fu has to be trained. Many folks fail as they do not train with the gun, getting the gun out, aiming, etc.

As far as finding a martial art. Find what is a available in your area. A mixed martial art school will probably give you a better chance. I personally like American Kenpo Karate but I digress.

Boxing, kick boxing, BJJ, etc are all good to try depending upon the teacher. Krav Maga is fine if the instructor is good and you train.

Best of luck.|||hmmm hapkido would be pretty good with the joint locking and stuff but it takes pretty much a long time to master that stuff

id suggest muaythai or kung fu|||muay thai , krav maga , jujitsu , karate|||For striking..Muay Thai. It%26#039;s proven and you actually spar at every single lesson.

Sparring is essential to learning your art and self defense. You don%26#039;t learn this by fighting the air.

And you should learn some grappling too. If you don%26#039;t know how to fight on the ground, you don%26#039;t know how to fight.

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