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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