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Originally posted by CosmicCitizen
I asked a ret Army COL who had written multiple books on hand to hand combat and martial arts and who has a 5th dan black belt in Korean Hapkido (similar to Japanese aikido but with more offensive moves) what the best martial art to study if you could only study one (for a real life fighting scenario)....and without hesitation he said Wrestling. His rationale was that most street fights end up on the ground in less than 10 seconds so grappling and hold techniques is what one needs to focus on for a real fight. Watch some of the mixed martial arts contests and you will see what I mean....after the fluff of faux kicks and de rigeur punches they end up on the mat. The one who wins on the ground will prevail. I fully expected him to endorse Hapkido but since he told me wrestling I have to give it a lot of weight.
Originally posted by v1rtu0s0
reply to post by marvinthemartian
Indeed... and he is a master of his art....
Originally posted by TheButcher23
reply to post by v1rtu0s0
My comment was in jest...!
However, most martial arts will neither help nor prevent an onslaught.
You can all learn whatever you all like.
I prefer what was taught in the years pre 2006 at Mayock, NC!! Till the rules changed and repackaged everything!! Not everyone who chooses a certain path is bad!!.
Isolation as best you can will be the best form of defense.
If no one can find you then no one can harm you. Go looking for trouble and you will die.
There will not be any SHTF scenario that you can control.edit on 30-6-2011 by TheButcher23 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by snowen20
Im not reading 14 pages of this thread.
I just want to say what the best martial art to learn when the SHTF is no martial art at all.
What do I mean by that? I simply mean that martial arts are just that, "an Art". Expecting them to function effectively in a real world situation is not great. Granted it would be better than knowing nothing but not much.
edit on 1-7-2011 by snowen20 because: (no reason given)