Originally posted by passenger
My training was in traditional Western boxing, judo and jiu-jitsu. The combination always worked well for me.
The thing that I always found most interesting was that the things that are usually frowned upon in traditional martial arts, e.g. eye-gouging, biting, etc are THE most effective things that you can do in a real self-defense situation. They are also techniques that almost anyone can do, regardless of physical ability. My advice: If you’re in a life or death fight – fight DIRTY.
Otherwise, training in any martial art is better than not training at all. But bear in mind one fact: learning how to get hurt is an integral part of learning how to fight for real. You can learn every technique in the book but if you have never been conditioned to getting really smacked in the face then you are NOT ready to fight. I've seen plenty of traditional western boxers beat eastern practicioners because of this ability to take a punch. So, if you're serious, don't just learn to inflict pain - learn how to take it. Because, at some point, no matter how good you are, you will get hit.
Originally posted by reluctantpawn
Sam colt had the best idea. I like kali/escrima to help with knife skills. Krav maga is probably the better for hand to hand. Most martial arts are more into competition than true martial arts. You can't just go down to the local dojo and learn how to kill someone. The better question to ask is are you capable of actually killing someone with your hands. It is one thing to beat someone, knock them out, or make them submit, it is quit another to take another life. Ask someone that is ex special forces. In a true survival situation you must be lethal as well as quick. Your opponent must be taken out with whatever is at hand as quickly and often quietly as possible. In my opinion martial arts do not equip their students with the necessary tools to do this.
Originally posted by CallMeMaury
Any martial arts master that does not take a strong, fast, and experienced street fighter seriously is full of #. Like i said, martial arts helps, but a good boxer or streetfighter would be a tough opponant for anyone.
Originally posted by Badge01
The following arts and styles are generally done with a majority of unrehearsed, spontaneous practice with an uncooperative opponent:
Judo, Jiujitsu, Wrestling, Boxing, modern MMA, Muay Thai kickboxing, Kyokushinkai Karate and Russian Sambo.