The Top 10 Martial Systems For Self-Defense…




I get asked this question all the time.  What are the best systems for self-defense?  In my personal opinion there are a lot of systems that would be absolutely fantastic for you to train in and get ready for a moment of violence.  However, when really pushed to answer this question I will give my honest opinion based on systems that I have experience with.

The following are in no particular order:

Silat – particularly modern variations

Filipino Martial Arts – Kali, Arnis, Eskrima you simply cannot go wrong here

Instinctive Response Training – we are all about personal protection

Muay Thai- simple

Krav Maga – simple with high cardiovascular

Brazilian Jiujitsu – Because you simply have to know how to grapple

Boxing – Almost always effective

Judo – Body hits planet is always awesome

Sambo – Judo with Leg Locks so you have to love it

KajuKenbo – Always put out tough, tough practitioner’s

This is not to say that someone learning San Soo, Bando, Defence Lab, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Systema, Budo Taijutsu, MMA, Seamok, Tai Chi, Libre, Piper, Jeet Kune do, etc. cannot or will not be really, really effective at Self-Defense.  No instead, with the above 10 in general you will learn skills a little quicker and because of that be prepared a little faster.  One thing is for sure if you want to be effective at self-defense you need to find a competent instructor and train hard!  If you do that you have given yourself a chance in a moment of violence!

In the end find someone you enjoy training with and work really hard.  Then you will have that chance if a moment of violence seeks you out!

See You On The Mats!

Brian R. VanCise

Note: This blog is opinion only and neither Instinctive Response Training LLC or Brian R. VanCise are responsible for any third party actions.

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Hi my name is Brian R. VanCise and my passion is the Martial Sciences. I have trained almost my entire life in the pursuit of martial excellence and I teach a world class curriculum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact us at: 702-326-3622
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3 Responses to The Top 10 Martial Systems For Self-Defense…

  1. Tim says:


    Nice list, and I am not disputing any of it, but the toughest guy I ever knew was my Sanda sifu (police/military sanda)
    Also my JKD teacher was rather impressed by the guys that learned Kyokushin Karate from Mas Oyama.

  2. Hey Tim, No doubt Sanda is a really tough system. I just personally have no experience with it. There are a lot of fantastic practitioner’s from a variety of systems and styles. We both know it is more about the instructor and how good they can transmit their knowledge and of course the practitioner/student and how well they can absorb it and utilize their training!

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