The following is just my opinion.
Situational awareness is what keeps you safe most of the time. A person looking to jack you is looking to catch you at a disadvantage to ambush or
engage you. Look for pre incident indicators. If you walk like prey....you are prey.
Bring armed with a weapon from either pepper spray to a stun gun to a knife is great and all but most of the time completely useless unless you
already have the weapon deployed, in your hand, safety off and ready to use as you walk down the street. Which would be brandishing a weapon and
intimidation and thus illegal.
Dont get me wrong always carry if you can. You never know you may have paid enough attention to notice a pre incident indicator and get your weapon
out, online and ready for any impending assault. Odds are you wont have that opportunity if you get jumped because the attacker has probably already
determined he can get the drop on you to reach a position of tactical superiority.
So all the above was to point out a good martial arts instructor and getting a few hand to hand moves down is your best first line of realistic
defense. Not a go to weapon.
Doesnt matter what art you are learning just so long as you have a good teacher who can present the art to you from a combative mindset (cause not all
training is created equal and spirituality is great -the art part- but it wont save your life the combative aspect of it will)
Western boxing as your stand up/striking is a great base to have. It offers simplicity, power efficiency and great footwork. Learn the ropes of
jujitsu so you arent completly helpless horizontal on the ground. Unless your into that thing (hey i dont judge! )
I disagree with the mentality that you only need to use only stand up striking or ground grappling and not cross train in the other. Its stupid to
think that you can rely on just striking to survive the guy might be better than you and get you on the ground from there you are largely helpless.
Its also stupid to think that only grappling is what you need. The other guy might be better than you use counteroffensive footwork and knock you out
faster than you can blink.
So if i were to give unsolicited advise id say learn both for good self defense. Figure out how your body likes to move. Not every martial art is
good for your psychology and physicality.
If youre a stocky heavy set guy capoeira is probably not a good striking art for you. Boxing or kenpo might work better. If your a skinny light guy
kenpo techniques requiring kinetic impact due to body mass might not be as effective for you. If youre a high energy guy who likes to move around a
lot then maybe harimau is a valid art for you. If youre more of a wait for the opponent to screw up then go in for the kill kinda guy maybe arts
that look for openings first are your best choice. Maybe your more of an overwhelm your opponent kinda guy so they dont have time to think. Hakka,
kuntau and some pukulan silat varieties should be considered.
Same thing with your grappling. Although personally brazilian jujitsu is the preeminent art for horizontal laying on the ground grappling. Good old
fashioned wrestling. Or shoot fighting. Or mongolian wrestling. heck judo even may be a better choice.
Some arts offer great blends like some jeet kun do schools. Kajukenpo is really well blended. Some kali and silat offers dirty boxing (panantukan)
and grappling (dumog) and now they are infusing jujitsu like in Modern Arnis.
So figure out what arts work for you physically and psychologically and then find a school that teaches it with a focus on combatives.
For me ive spent most of my life doing an assortment of martial arts. But it wasnt until some kaju guy decided to teach me some serah and kali that i
found the art that works best for me in a combative sense. I went that direction. Another direction might be better for others. My personal blend
is pekiti tirsia as a base (both psychologically, tactics and footwork wise-including all my weapon work) inosanto/lacost blend panantukan for my
long range and mid range striking cimande and serak for my in close game and upright body poistioning for takedowns. On the ground again inosanto
curriculum for ground game (mostly jujitsu mixed with philippino dumog) kali's outside,split and inside entries for all my bridging or entry work.
Also use some serak sambuts for that too. What i train works for me. Its my best formula. But it wont be the same for anyone else hence people need
to explore exactly what combination of empty hand arts you should study for self defense.
edit on 21-7-2016 by BASSPLYR because: (no reason given)