posted on Jun, 17 2008 @ 04:49 PM
I teach mixed martial arts. Boxing, kickboxing, Wrestling, Judo, BJJ. Back when we had the school, we had teachers specific to each, and I taught the
blend. In general, I would say, what are you looking for?
If you're looking for self-defense, I wouldn't say mma. It is oriented to facing a single unarmed person you know that is coming, within your
relative size and fitness level.
If you're looking for health and spiritual development, look for the internal arts of China, Japan, India, or Tibet.
If you're looking for tourament fighting, look for kickboxing, tae kwon do, etc.
If you want to do forms, look for Kung Fu or Karate
If you want to break stuff, look for Kung Fu and Karate.
If you like to grapple, look Judo, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Sambo, etc, would be good options.
For self-defense, krav maga would probably a fairly good choice. People say Jeet Kune Do. But you gotta realize that most of the JKD schools are run
by some dude who read the "Tao of Jeet Kune Do" which was written after Bruce Lee died, based off of some notes he took. He only certified like 3
people to instructor level, and I doubt they guy in your town who does it trained with one of them.
Also, there are plenty of McDojo's out there. 95% of the time, the instructors stopped training long ago, and most were either given rank by people
who don't know what they're doing, or bought rank from somewhere.
There is no regulation in the martial arts world. You can watch Kung Fu Hussle, and if you have the money, open a school as the 10th degree black belt
instructor, and if you're fairly athletic, you could probably pull off a fairly successful scam.
Now, I don't practice mma anymore. I do traditional martial arts. I do Jinenkan Jissen Kobudo. It's 7 schools of classical Jujutsu arts, it includes
weapons, stealth, fighting in water, striking, grappling, etc.
As far as what martial art is the best, I'd say, none. Because there are a lot of p**s poor people in all of them, and a hand full of decent people
in each one who think they are totally awesome. But there are very evry amazing people in them as well. Sometimes, it can be hard to weed out the
terrible from the fantastic, I've seen many many(thousands, literally) people thinkng the subpar mimicing of mediocre instructors to be the best
martial arts in the world.
You also have to consider what each art was designed for. Karate, Judo, Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, these things aren't that old, they were created about 120
years ago to function as either idealistic forms of personal development, or sports. In many schools, Karate teaches you to be able to withstand any
blow, and kill with one strike. However, Mas Oyama, who took this philosophy to the pinnacle was in a wheel chair in his 40's, because that's that a
sound tactic of fighting. Needless to say, when he was fighting, he was a monster.
So, what are you looking for in a martial art? Fun, health, fitness, spiritual development, historical reconstruction, discipline, coordination,
trophies, self-defense, competition? All of these are important factors.
It's not about the art, it's about the practitioner. There is no "Best."