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Originally posted by SneakySquirrel
For a good while, I took Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee's method of fighting), and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These two styles of martial arts are some of the best to use "on the streets."
Jeet Kune Do is a mainly stand-up style of fighting, it focuses on a method divised by Bruce Lee called "broken rhythm" fighting. Basically, mixing up your attacks instead of a set repetition of certain combinations. It is a very effective stand-up style of fighting that worked very well for me.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was created for shorter people (i.e- Brazilians) to fight effectively against larger, stronger opponents. It focuses mainly on take-down techniques as well as submissions, joint locks, and chokes.
Please be advised though, that these two styles are VERY different from "traditional" martial arts. You will not be breaking boards, smashing bricks, or learning any katas. You will however, have to bust your ass in many sparring sessions in which you will most likely not win for a while. These two styles are very dangerous to practice, and should only be done with someone who knows what they are doing.
Here are some links that may help you out if you are considering studying any of these arts:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: www.gracie.com/
Jeet Kune Do: www.geocities.com/jkdinstructor/
I hope that these help you out, just on a side-note; I am not an overly powerful person (I'm 6'1, 145lbs.), I was only in training six months with these styles at one time and I was able to beat any black belt in any "traditional" martial art that challenged me (I only had a white belt for most of my fights, but eventually got my blue belt.). I strongly recommend these two styles of fighting if you are looking to kick someone's ass severly or incapacitate your opponent.
Hopefully, this information will help you out, if you have any questions about this, please feel free to U2U me.
Originally posted by b.monki
I know of almost EVERY martial art on this planet, I've studied them since I was a young kid I've trained in over a 100 different styles.also if ur in NYC I would find a 52 insturctor. if anyone has any questions on anything just send me a u2u
WING CHUN *
Methods allow a block and an attack in the same movement. Characterized by aggressive action and the redirection of the opponent's energy. Movements are direct and straight.Traps and other controls are used. Concepts of the immovable elbow and centerline are stressed in this style of Wushu. Methods of defeating an opponent are striking, kicking, joint locking and throwing.
A power punching art where fighters square-off at arms length and throw combinations.Cross, jab, hook, uppercut, and overhook are the techniques used. Footwork and speed and distance are also extremely important in this style. Jab and cross are longer range punches, where uppercuts and crosses are shorter range punches.
A Western grappling art where takedowns and throws are used, superior positioning is heavily stressed. Practitioner can take down opponent by a shot to the legs or an upper body throw. Double and single-leg takedowns are most commonly used. Two types of wrestling are Freestyle (lower body) and Greco-Roman (upper body).
TRADITIONAL JUJITSU *
"Science of softness" is a grappling style that uses striking to vital point areas. Close quarter combat is also used in this Japanese art. An extremely ruthless art which contradicts its name. Practitioners find weaknesses in their opponents and exploit them in any way possible.
Filipino Escrima is best known for its stick fighting techniques, as it is sometimes considered an art of traditional Fencing. Some areas of study include projectile weapons, anatomical weapons, and bladed weapons, it also uses knives and daggers with efficiency.
Called "Philippine Foot Fighting", it is the only classical form of Filipino Karate. The hands are used to block and parry, and the legs are used to kick. A high number of jumping and flying kicks are used. Leg strength is extremely important in this style.
MUAY THAI *
Best known for its shin strikes, kicks are of primary importance. It is called "The science of eight limbs" because a successful fighter uses hands, elbows, feet, and knees. Different tie-ups and clinches are used to strike at close range.
Weapons and empty hand techniques are used. "Espada y daga" is a method of weapons fighting where a sword and knife are used. Sticks and daggers are used as well in this Filipino art. Kicks are done with various parts of the leg as well as the foot. Arm and hand techniques include palm and elbow strikes.
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU *
A style of Jiu jitsu from Brazil that incorporates Capoeira techniques. Uses methods of street fighting, including striking, kicking, and grappling. Participants use head butts, elbow strikes and knee strikes.
KINO MUTAI *
The Filipino art of "Biting and Eye gouging". Pinching and breaking of fingers is also used in this brutal art. Takedowns combined with positioning and groundwork are also used.
A French style of full-contact, empty-hand fighting. It developed as a method of street fighting adopted from Asian martial arts. Includes modern boxing techniques with kicking techniques.
A form of Wrestling practiced in the Philippines. Practitioners use various grappling techniques as well as joint locks and off-balancing techniques. The object is to throw the opponent, as fighters usually grip the opponents belt or waist.
Legendary martial arts system of the Ninja, the assassins and spies of feudal Japan. Ninjitsu embraces many martial techniques and variables, such as, endurance, weapons, map making, common disguises, and techniques for escaping were all learned. They used non-noble weapons such as daggers and poison. Ninjas were greatly feared and believed to have magical powers.
A modified form of Filipino Boxing with the object to attack the limb. Destruction to the attacking limb is used in this art/closing the gap is also stressed.
NORTHERN PRAYING MANTIS
Consists of lightning quick techniques/uses straight and circular techniques. Characterized by the hook-handed technique called the Mantis Hand. Anticipation of opponents next movement is used in this style of Wushu. Striking is emphasized by both open and hooked hand techniques as well as grabbing. Northern Mantis philosophy is that big fighters use power techniques and little fighters use speed techniques to defeat the opponent.
SOUTHERN PRAYING MANTIS
Has no resemblance to Northern Praying Mantis. An unremitting attack until the opponent gives up characterizes this style of Wushu. Opponent is given no opportunity to strike. Palm strikes, vital point attacks and the Phoenix Eye Fist are heavily relied upon.
CHOY LI FUT
Relies on powerful hand and arm techniques. Straight punch, back fist, uppercut, and hook punch are used. Oriental medicine and philosophy are also emphasized in this style of Wushu. Many full contact fighters follow this system.An early form of modern day Boxing.
TAI-CHI CHUAN (Wu Family Style)
Uses slow, circular, connecting movements. Students learn to yield so that the attacker is overcome by his own force. Practitioners can achieve great power in their techniques. In this style of Wushu, Chi is used to flow through the body while doing techniques, slow breathing and a clear mind are also emphasized. Each arm protects half of the body and the hands never reach farther forward than the toes.
This style has a reputation as a "Guerrilla-style" approach to fighting multiple opponents. Practitioners need to be able to handle simultaneous attacks from multiple opponents with or without weapons. Mobility, efficiency, and quickness are stressed in this Chinese art. Awareness of one's surroundings and zoning are also used/striking techniques are deadly and are used to cripple the opponent.
HSING-I CHUAN (Mind-Body Boxing)
Thought and action are unified in this style of Wushu. Linear aspect is applied with the philosophy that a fight should end as quickly as it began. Direct techniques are used, with the striking weapon moving straight to the target. Striking concepts are used such as closed fist, open hand and the Phoenix Eye which is a single-knuckle punch. Anticipation of an opponents attack is used.
BAK-HOO PAI (White Crane) & BAK-FU PAI (White Tiger)
Tiger and Crane Wushu encompasses all areas of combat, including hand and elbow strikes, kicks, takedowns, grappling, throws and holds. The White Crane style of Wushu is famous for its grabbing and seizing techniques. This style attacks at close range with the elbow never leaving the stomach. The White Tiger style of Wushu is famous for its healing and medicinal powers as well as fighting spirit and pride. This strong style of Wushu combined with White Crane makes a very well rounded practitioner.
This style of Wushu has some similarities to Jujitsu, with its reliance on joint-locks. Uses lethal striking points derived from acupuncture charts. Characterized by the claw hand "ying jiao" with fingers partially clenched. Kicks are used but mostly to block techniques.
NG GA KUEN (Five Family System)
This famous Wushu system was born out of legend that five monks in the Southern Sil Lum Temple mastered the five Ga, or family styles, each with its own strengths and Differences. Choy Ga, Hung Ga, Lau Ga, Lee Ga, and Mok Ga were the family styles. They took the best techniques from each of these styles.
NY YING GA (Five Animal System)
This style of Wushu is based on the movements of animals. Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Leopard, and Crane are the animals imitated. The practitioner takes the attributes and strengths from these and other animals and uses these techniques to defeat the opponent.
BAK MEI PAI (White Eyebrow)
Quick, explosive techniques with short and middle range preferred. Redirecting of opponentís energy is essential in this Chinese art. Phoenix Eye Fist is the only hand technique used. The practitioner waits for the opponent to make the first move, then counterattacks efficiently. Triangle footwork is used in this style.
This unique style of Wushu specializes in keeping the body relaxed and supple to generate strength, speed, and power. sComposed of multitudes of forms, which were inspired by animals, elements, and even incredible people in history who displayed exceptional martial arts skills. Techniques vary from the extremely fast striking hands of the Praying Mantis to the unpredictable evasive energy of the Monkey. Each form is considered its own system with its own set of hand and foot strikes, grappling, ect. This flowing style usually uses kicks over punches.
This style of Wushu is different from Northern Shaolin. Northern Shaolin is elegant in its movement, whereas Southern Shaolin is stable and powerful. Southern Shaolin is known for its hand techniques and harder style. This style is also known for its thrust punches and Tiger Claw techniques.
A style of kickboxing popular in the Philippines, specializing in low line kicks. Destroying the attacking limb is heavily relied upon in this art.
LAW HORN KUEN
This style of Wushu is characterized by its deceptive strikes, kicks, footwork, and takedowns. Uses long range movements and the confusing use of timing, space, speed and power. Techniques are practical and the use of fast focused strikes maximize energy efficiency. Deceptive footwork along with confusing angles of approach allows multiple target engagement while minimizing exposure.
The art of seizing, a general term for Chinese grappling or wrestling arts. This style of Wushu emphasizes the ability to grasp and control the opponent. Techniques similar to vital point striking. Purpose is to stop an attack without injuring the opponent.
A style of Wushu based on the characteristic movements of Monkeys. This style relies upon tumbling and rolling techniques, plus confusing footwork. The opponent's attack is deflected, and the practitioner uses feints and unpredictable movements to defeat him. Broken rhythm is the basic fundamental in this style.
Thi style of Wushu appears to imitate a drunken practitioner, who lulls the opponent into thinking he or she can easily be overcome, thus using this strategy to defeat the opponent.