posted on Jan, 31 2012 @ 04:07 PM
I started this thread because I've seen a lot of opinions on fighting styles and martial arts. People often ask which martial art they should learn,
or which one is the 'best'.
To start off with the assumption that there is a 'best' is not the correct way to look at it. From the beginning of time different systems have
developed across the world to address certain issues of combat. Some styles are lost in history that could be just as effective today as it was then.
MMA recently is a theory that addresses the fact that all styles and disciplines have strong points where others fail. I personally advise an MMA
approach if you are serious about defense and study. Here is a list of what I have studied and see as effective.
1) BOXING Boxing is a first introduction of "Punching Range" fighting styles. It encompasses fakes, jabs, crosses, straights, weaves, ducks,
guards and most important, FOOT WORK. A little training in the theory of an Orthodox (or rarely Southpaw) stance and foot placement. I suggest
starting off with this for a few weeks to get an introduction into how bodies move when in PUNCHING range. Southpaws (those that lead with their right
hand) might have an awkward time with it since most fighter lead with the defensive LEFT hand.
Which brings us to
2) JEET KUN DO Which was the hybrid simplified "way of intercepting fist" system devised by Bruce Lee in a response to traditional Wing Tsun
(Wing Chun) and traditional Chinese Arts. It's an overall punching-trapping-kicking range system. I highly suggest this style as a next step of stand
up systems. It encompasses simplicity directness and efficiency of motion. It's a highly adaptable style to many situations when studied CORRECTLY.
Certain "Jeet Kun Do" trainers off and online are nothing of the sort. If you are going to study this I suggest a guy named PAUL VUNAK, or any
derivative school from his camp and his personal students. I also suggest this style for close range attacks in close situations. Basically a bar,
sporting event, house fight where some douchebag is in your face and won't relent. It does though incoporate an "on guard" stance which is leading
with the strong attack hand or foot. So for anyone right handed, they have to get used to this change in traditional stance that almost all other
systems teach (orthodox). Southpaws can adapt sooner.
BUT...it doesn't stop there. Jeet Kun Do in it's default form doesn't address other aspects of a 'fight'. It's developed recently to incorporate
'ground game' but not enough on it's own. You MUST learn ground game.
Which brings us too:
3) BRAZILIAN JU JITSU
I specify the Brazilian method (Gracie) because out of the ground forms it has been the most complete and most 'successful'. There are other
"grappling" systems out, but BJJ is always developing and in reality no system rivals it for the ground. Most fights end up on the ground sooner or
later, this is unavoidable. BUT, while MMA is used on a mat in contests, there is the reality that in a street fight we have concrete, wood, etc that
can hurt you. You have to know limitations of what you're landing and fighting on. A take down is nice, but your head hitting pavement can take you
out, cripple you. Which is why a good 'stand up' system should be the first line of defense.
Highly advised for what's called 'SHOOTS" or "Take Downs". Very useful against larger and stronger attackers because the leverage of bars, holds,
submissions can level the playing field. Great for females as it can exploit males that outweigh you by 50 pounds if done right.
To get to the POINT of a 'grappling' range fight. There is an intermediate zone where you can exploit a person's tendency to 'grab' you. This is
the CLINCH...and for that I pick.
4)MUAY THAI It focuses on kicks and clinch techniques. Some kicks I think personally are wasted motion and hard for the average person to
master. But the elbow strikes, knees, and clinch game are superior to most other forms. Leg strikes are a GEM when in a street fight. I've used them
and attackers are mystified how before they even got to me I took their leg stamina out. One guy even said "Okay I give up" without ever coming in
range of me. Drunk guys, taller guys...it trips their head up. Good for a guy( or girl) which is medium size and height. Krav Maga can also be a
related substitute and has even more situational moves, but a lot to learn.
5)KEYSI FIGHTING METHOD or "KFM". This style is relatively new, but overlooked and is insanely intuitive. Great for multiple attackers. Great
for a style of low analytical steps and pure aggression. EVERYONE should train or watch a Keysi instruction just to learn how the body SHOULD react to
blows. Great for defense postures in close range, cover ups, and standing guards.
Most fights you might get in to aren't like movies where you grab a stick and spear guys like Steven Segal.
BUT...there are certain tools you can exploit. Most common are bottle, pool cues, and edged weapons.
The last (edged weapon) is something accessible to everyone. Basically 'carrying a knife'. ALWAYS check laws in your state on what blades are
acceptable to carry. Some have laws AGAINST a double edged blade thought this blade is the best IMO. Most spring assist knives will do the job. For
training in anything related I suggest any FILIPINO based edged weapon style. Which brings me to
6) ESKRIMA I think everyone should know basic concepts of 'edged weapons" fighting. The Philippines adapted this mastery because street
fights involving knives were common there, they KNOW what they speak of.
I only suggest this as a backup or a 'maybe if' style. If the SHTF, if you happen to be caught in a rough neighborhood, if some ex con thug
sociopath pulls one on you and you're trapped or if you live in or near a lawless part of town yourself (better defense is MOVING but I digress).
Since edged weapons are the most 'lethal' other than guns, I suggest you prepare mentally if you take this knowledge on. There are low odds of a guy
pulling a knife on you but in my life I've had it happen THREE times. Every time I ran, which is the first rule. But if I didn't have the
athleticism, I might be dead. Is that you?
If you encounter this situation and YOU have the upper hand with a blade, I suggest taking it to the full conclusion. You can take that however you
There are of course other styles that you can learn but these are my suggestions of certain styles which are in my opinion the most effective when
studied and mixed together. I could talk about Pancrase, Shoot Boxing, Etc, all the little shoot off derivatives but it would be a waste.
Study or train in TEN MOVES of each discipline. In ALL ranges, punching, kicking (especially short and stop kicks), trapping, grappling. And you
should have a good overall knowledge and ahead of 99% of people out there.
As always the best defense is not fighting at all. Most fights CAN be avoided, but there are times when they cannot. If you get into one, be sure to
be FIRST, with the MOST.
Which leads us to.......