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i posted in Ethan's no bullshit guide forum a little while ago, but i've done a lot of research since then, and my priorities have changed slightly.
Basically, i wanna be able to walk around confidently and peacefully, knowing i could hold my own against one or a few attackers if i needed to (in my area people get jumped for no reason, at any times of the day).
My friends who almost always win fights, are the ones last to let them happen, as they have nothing to prove.
Anyway, so I really like the idea of Krav Maga, but if its a bar fight or something where they live in my area and i may see them again, if i kick them in the nuts or poke them in the eyes, next time i see them if they have more people with them or a weapon, i could be in some trouble.
However, those moves could be useful in more of an alleyway, life and death mugging robbing stabbing situation.
I know Krav has some major drawbacks (such as teaching so fast they neglect the proper detail and mechanics of many of the techniques they derive from each art) , but theres a school quite close to me with classes 2 times/week, that isn't this particular chain's main school, so it doesn't have dedicated ground fighting and combatives classes, but the other school/s with better classes are pretty far from me, so it would be the most practical krav school for me.
Anyway, i also have a few good mma schools close to me. Due to Krav having its drawbacks, i was thinking of becoming quite good in the most effective martial arts for defending yourself, then going to the Krav school to kind of 'put it all together', and practice how i would use the things I've learned in real situations (as opposed to just doing the martial arts with sparring but no simulation of the adrenaline dump as in real life fights)
With heaps of research, i've come to the conclusion that the best martial arts for self-defence would be: (correct me with your knowledge if you disagree)
Boxing - best punches, teaches how to take punches, slipping/footwork
Muay Thai - clinch game quite effective in street, with brief focus on trips/takedowns, knees and elbows effective at close range, kicks can be effective at long range
Wrestling (freestyle/greco-roman) - great takedowns, control the fight, good throws (although many meaning one must go to the ground with their opponent)
Judo - some really great throws, which allow one to stay standing whilst inflicting devastating damage on the opponent, giving one advantage over other arts when having more than one attacker (plus great with MT clinch work)
BJJ - great holds and submissions when one on one, and inflicting least amount of lasting visible damage/evidence to opponents, although impractical with more than one attacker
I was thinking of doing either:
Judo 1/wk (would do 2 but class only on once/wk)
Or i could focus more and do more in one week on each by doing a striking week, and a grappling week like this:
OR should i be learning specific arts first? i know those grappling arts don't really interfere with each other, but lots of people think wrestling first is the best base, etc….
and should i be starting MT or boxing first or irrelevant? general consensus is MT then boxing is an easier transition than boxing to MT, but for a street fight, i would think boxing stance would be more practical as you're probably unlikely to be attempted to be kicked in the head..
huge post, but any and all help is appreciated in advance, thanks guys
I don't think it's wise to do that many arts at once. Whichever art you choose you have to have drilled it to the point where you can just switch off and do it without thinking. When someone hits you in the face you might freeze, and if that happens all your training will either take over or abandon you. If you look at high level dudes in boxing, MMA or BJJ they all drill everything and use it in sparring to the point where there is a minimal amount of thinking involved. You could probably focus on Boxing and Muay thai together for a longer period of time as they go really well together and then branch out after a while OR vice versa with the grappling arts. Also read Rory Millers book "Meditations on violence" where he also mentions a lot of the psychological aspects on self protection.
A final point on training is that a long with your regular classes you are going to have to do a lot of repetitive, dull and boring drills in order to make all your movements second nature and then carry it over to sparring or rolling. Don't fall into the trap of going to classes and learning each thing once. It has to be a consistent effort just like you'd do these drills in basketball or any other sport/activity. You can't just dabble in these things, especially if you didn't start young.
Good luck, I recently reignited my love for Martial arts and the confidence and general sense of well-being I get from it can't be replaced In my opinion.
When you start, stick to one style and practice it often. Once you somewhat have the basics down in this style (6-12 months, ideally more), you can start to cross-train and implement new things into your fighting style. Each martial art/sport has a series of principles that you must first carve into your body to make it work properly.
Do the style you like the most: if you train something because it's supposedly effective but you don't like your training you won't have the drive to practice and you'll end up quitting before learning anything good.
Also keep in mind that the way you train is the way you'll fight. When you visit the gym/dojo/dojang/kwoon you can talk about your goals (i.e. self-defence) with the coaches and see if they fit the way you see martial arts.
The website martialtalk.com actually has a pretty sweet website on how to choose a style/club.
Goals for 2014:
- Complete the 30 days of discipline program (10 days in)
- Follow the Body of a Spartan program for 6 months (1 month in, training log:
- Be able to approach random girls: still struggling
- Start meditation (work in progress)
- Do Kegels 5X/week (started but not consistent yet)
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