When it comes to self-defense, learning martial arts is one of the smartest things you can do. Knowing certain special techniques will help you be sure that you are able to fight off attackers. If you are met with an opponent who is ready and committed to taking you down, you must also be able to defend yourself and hopefully walk away unharmed. There are different forms of martial arts you can choose from. Some evolved from ancient forms of self-defense and others are considered combined or mixed martial arts. The following are some of the most popular types of martial arts for self-defense.
Martial Arts for Self Defense, Personal Safety, and Survival
1. Kickboxing for Self Defense
Kickboxing trains you to be good at using many “weapons” – your hands, feet, knees, elbows, and head. So, it’s a great martial art that would defend you against an unarmed attacker. Simply rush at your attacker and quickly send him a hard kick in the chin. Kickboxing thrives on such moves that require you to attack fast, using the element of surprise. If you do it correctly, you’ll successfully force your attacker to bite off his tongue, break his jaw, crush his throat, break his teeth, etc.
In kickboxing, you are trained to deliver lethal kicks and blows efficiently and powerfully without being telegraphed. Another smart kickboxing move is to quickly grab his hand with the weapon (if your attacker is holding one other than a gun) and headbutt him on the face, particularly on the nose. Kickboxers are also trained to endure pain and damage to any part of the body. Click here for the full post.
2. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Self Defense
And the winner, that received the most of our visitors’ votes in our Top 10 Martial Arts in the World list is – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). It’s difficult to explain, but I know from my personal experience that I fell in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu during my first training session. This wonderful type of martial art became famous during the very first Ultimate Fighting Championship competitions when Royce Gracie defeated his opponents one after another by using just BJJ technique. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is currently the most popular martial art among MMA fighters. As Helio Gracie said – “Jiu-Jitsu is for the protection of the individual, the older man, the weak, the child, the lady, the young women – anyone who doesn’t have the physical attributes to defend themselves.” See more at Martial Arts Lab.
3. Muay Thai for Self Defense
Muay Thai is known to be a very effective art in all circles. It has proven itself quite well in competitions like mixed martial arts and kickboxing. It teaches diversity in striking, in that kicks, punches, elbows, knees, kicks and more are taught very, very well. The clinch, or inside fighting on the feet is focused on to a great extent. So when someone comes in and tries to turn a self-defense situation into a grappling match, which let's face it happens very frequently, Muay Thai has an answer, at least before the fight hits the ground.
That said, Muay Thai is not a grappling art, per se. And since the majority of fights end up on the ground, this is a weakness. The full article can be read at Thought Co.
4. Krav Maga for Self Defense
Krav Maga 004-1It is Israel’s national martial art, developed largely by Imi Lichtenfeld, and dedicated to no-holds-barred incapacitation for the purpose of street survival. No quarter is expected or given. It incorporates Western boxing punches, Karate kicks and knees, Greco-Roman wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu ground fighting, Jiu-jitsu throws and grappling, and most importantly, “bursting,” adapted from Wing Chun. This is a simultaneous defense/attack: instead of blocking an attack and then delivering a response, you block the attack and deliver a response at the same time, i. e., block with the left arm and push forward with the legs, striking with the right fist to the throat, all simultaneously. See more…
5. Taekwondo for Self Defense
Taekwondo: the real serious form of taekwondo is a Korean martial art that draws techniques from many other martial arts. It’s what MMA would be if it were designed by traditional martial arts experts. The discipline involves various strikes with the hands and feet, from a mobile stance. There are also some take-downs, holds, and joint locks. However, the emphasis on speed and high kicks might keep some older and slower would-be martial artists from pursuing the discipline. Read the whole article.
6. Karate for Self Defense
A very common martial arts practice, karate means “Empty hand” because there are no weapons being used. Karate dates back to as early as the 1300s. It consists of zero weapon-striking. Instead, an individual’s hands and legs become the main forms of defense.
Not only is karate a good self-defense tool, but it also packs a few health benefits not found in other martial arts practices.
It is said to use karate only when you are confronted by a “villain or ruffian”, and it can be used as a way to avoid fighting or confrontation. – Udemy
7. Boxing for Self Defense
Few martial arts teach these two defensive skills: Use the head to protect the head and the body to protect the body. Instead, they use weapon-fighting tactics — using the hands to protect the head or the body. For self-defense from the pocket, it would be hard to defend against a good boxer. Of course, boxing’s lack of elbow strikes, groin attacks, and ground defense is limiting, but for pain tolerance and conditioning, it can’t be beaten. Read more…
Check out this video from Maher Husseini for self-defense moves and techniques you can learn:
As a prepper, you must also be able to defend yourself and hopefully walk away unhurt in any survival situation. The importance of combat skills can never be stressed enough. You may be skilled at handling guns and other weapons, but it is also necessary to be able to fight for your survival when no weapon is within your reach. Whether you are a male or female, young or old, you must have at least some basic training in martial arts styles!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 19, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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