Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or any of the Japanese, or Russian, or American styles of Jiu Jitsu) are the most street applicable mixed martial art form out
there imo. This would be your best bet.
Check out Gracie University
,(it's run by Renner and Rorion Gracie, both who's father INVENTED the Ultimate
Fighting challenge ie, the UFC, because they were that confident in thier style, and Royce won 3 out of the first 4 UFC's iirc)
You can get all the way up to Blue belt Certification online. Which with a Blue Belt in BJJ, you will be able to defeat any non martial artist in
almost any one on one combat situation. They also have Certified Training Centers all over the world. But are based in California I believe, and Rio
of course. but yea they have centers all over the States.
Krav Maga is ok, but it's mostly used for defending knife attacks and gun attacks.
Jiu Jitsu is good because even if you are 5 foot 7, and 120lbs you can still choke a 300 pound steroid action figure looking guy unconscious in 5-7
sec.(if he has no fighting training which most big guys don't).
Royce Gracie proved at the very first few UFC's that BJJ is the strongest martial art period: if you were to pit each style against other styles. But
nowadays you would be a fool to train in only one discipline. Wrestling/Judo/Sambo are probably the best bases. Then you'll need Striking. Kickboxing,
or Muay Thai is best ,imo and then most importantly you'll need to know submissions how to use them and how to avoid them.
Once a fighter Versed in Jiu-Jitsu gets a Pure striker to the ground, in w/ thier opponent on top "in thier guard", it's over. Because a pure Striker
is like a fish out of water on the ground, they do not know how to defend submissions at all, and they don't even know how to get the fight back to a
standing position. Also the techniques to get a pure striker to the ground are VERY easy, it's very likely you'll be able to clinch him and take him
down or pull guard, than the very slim chance the pure striker is going to land that perfect one punch KO. or the one perfect head kick KO. Sure it
can and does happen, but percentages are extremely in your favor using Gracie techniques.
edit on 1-9-2012 by Nola213 because: (no reason given)