WATCH: 7 Of The Best Martial Arts For Self Defense (Videos)

The knowledge of self-defense can often mean the difference between life and death, especially in the always unpredictable environments we live in. One of the most important skills we can have is the capability to defend ourselves when we’re confronted with a life-threatening situation in the streets.

Martial arts is one of the best ways to empower yourself with self-defense knowledge. And among the hundreds, if not thousands of martial arts styles across the globe, there have been some that have consistently proven to be particularly effective in self-defense situations. Some martial arts have been around for thousands of years and some are hybrids born in more recent times.

Editor’s Note: Evolve MMA does not condone violence of any kind. Martial arts is a last-resort option to defend oneself in a life-threatening situation.

Today, Evolve Daily takes a looks at 7 Of The Best Martial Arts For Self Defense:


1) Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed martial arts combines all of the best and most realistic hand-to-hand combat martial arts in the world. In an unarmed self-defense situation, it is critical to have the capability to defend yourself in all ranges of combat: kicking range, punching range, clinch range, and ground range. With UFC and ONE Championship, it has become abundantly clear which martial arts are truly effective in real-life: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, and Boxing. The combination of all of these martial arts together makes for a formidable, well-rounded base for self-defense. Unfortunately, most traditional martial arts such as Taekwondo or Karate simply do not work due to outdated training methodologies and unrealistic, flashy techniques. If you are well-versed in Mixed Martial Arts, you will be comfortable in every range of combat and you will be armed with realistic tools for the real world.


2) Muay Thai

There’s good reason why Muay Thai is the most common striking base in the vastly popular sport of mixed martial arts: it has proven time and time again to be most effective martial art for striking. Often referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, the ancient martial art from Thailand has been around for hundreds of years and is best known for its tremendous power, maximum efficiency, and raw simplicity.

A martial art like no other, Muay Thai incorporates the use of knees, elbows, shins and fists. This allows the Muay Thai practitioner to use all the weapons available to the human body and making him or her effective in all ranges of standup fighting, including the clinch.

The conditioning of the mind, body and spirit involved in Muay Thai training also provides the physical toughness and confidence needed for practitioners to defend themselves intelligently. Muay Thai is definitely one of the few martial arts in the world that has been undeniably battle-test and street certified for real-life encounters.


3) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

In a street fight or self-defense situation, it is best to keep the altercation standing and not have to defend yourself from the ground. Unfortunately, the chances of going to the ground in such situations have proven to be very high. And when you do end up on the ground, you’re going to want to know what to do.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that will give you the upper hand at all times in a these situations. The techniques you learn in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which focuses on taking your opponent down to the ground and keeping them there, enables you to attack, get into more dominant positions, and end the altercation as efficiently as possible.

Also referred to as the “game of human chess”, the mind of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner is sharp, calm and composed when it comes to ground fighting. This allows them to defend strikes effectively and capitalize on an opportunity to submit their attackers as soon as there’s a chance to.


4) Boxing

Having been around for thousands of years, boxing is without a doubt one of the most refined martial arts in history. Its consistent testing in combat situations between top athletes and practitioners has vastly increased its effectiveness on all levels.

There have been many stories and videos on the internet of boxers taking out muggers and thugs with a single punch – which is in fact all a boxer ever needs. A boxer’s entire body is trained solely to throw punches with more speed, accuracy and power than any other martial art.

This makes them extremely efficient even when outnumbered as they are able to eliminate threats almost at will. And with the strict discipline of blocking, constant head movement, and footwork, a boxer isn’t exactly the easiest target to hit either.


5) Wrestling

Many underestimate the power of wrestling in a real-life encounter. But make no mistake about it, wrestling can enable anyone to defend themselves as effectively as any other martial art on this list.

Considered to be one of the oldest combat sports in history, wrestling is a martial art that relies on leverage, strong balance, explosive power and technical knowledge to control and take down an opponent and maintain a superior position.

The strength developed from practicing wrestling is incomparable to others. The pressure, explosiveness and control in-built in wrestlers make them extremely lethal when threatened. In other words, once they grab a hold of their attacker, they probably won’t let go until he or she has given up or is taken out.


6) Krav Maga

Developed by Israel military, Krav Maga is a self-defense system that incorporates a wide combination of techniques from numerous martial arts like aikido, judo, wrestling, Muay Thai and more. Unlike the martial arts on this list, Krav Mage focuses purely on real-world situations, making it one of the most efficient systems out there for self-defense.

Like many other self-defense systems in the world, Krav Maga adopts a philosophy emphasizing efficient threat neutralization, brutal counter-attacks, and aggression. This makes Krav Maga practitioners perfectly conditioned for real-life self defense situations. Every attack and counter-attack is executed with the intention to completely end the attacker. In other words, they are the last people you ever want to mess with on the streets.


7) Judo

If there’s anything watching UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has taught us, is that Judo can be more than useful in a street fight. Commonly practiced as a combat sport, the objective of this Japanese martial art is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

This means that Judo practitioners are able to neutralize even the most violent and aggressive assailants at will once they come close to them. And that’s not all. Judo also incorporates weapon defenses and strikes and thrusts with the hands and feet that can be used in real-life self defense situations.

Remember, knowing how to defend yourself and loved ones is one of the most important skills you can have. If you’re looking for a place that offers some of the most effective martial arts for self-defense taught by World Champions under one roof, be sure to check out Evolve MMA.

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