What Is The Best Martial Art for Self Defense? • Martial Arts Journey

Many Martial Arts claim to teach self defense, while actually they are only teaching techniques and some of them very unrealistically. In order to understand whether a chosen Martial Art works for self defense, you need to look at a few different criteria. Which ones? We will cover this question in this Martial Arts
Journey video.

The video was inspired by thoughts shared by:
Tony Blauer of SPEAR – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqIFBr_2N35wrfN0Fvk6YjQ
Matt Thornton of SBG – https://www.youtube.com/user/sbgipdx
Bruno Orozco of CMBTVS – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIK0d2hyATUxJlA90-jqx6A

What is the best Self Defense Martial Art

Many people start martial arts wanting to learn self defense. As one starts a practice, there may be some skepticism in a new practitioner weather the taught techniques actually work for self defense, yet various martial arts have developed elaborate justifications to convince a practitioner that their practice is effective, such as: “You need to train this martial art for many years to make it work for self defense”, or “When the time comes, your skills will naturally come into action”. Unfortunately these justifications are mainly based on false beliefs passed on from generation to generation.

Having all these myths and lies in martial arts, it is difficult not only for a beginner to realize what techniques and training methods actually help a person learn applicable self defense, but we also often times see people investing decades and hundreds of hours training in a certain practice, learning elaborate, complex techniques and traditions, only eventually to learn that they never actually learned real self defense.

Hi, my name is Rokas, and for these reasons in this Martial Arts Journey video, we will be taking a look at what really makes a martial art effective for self defense.

When we think about self defense, most people first think of self defense techniques. Often times in their imagination they resemble some stylized kung fu movements, which were once seen in an action movie. These complex movements can be learned by training the same elaborate technique for hundreds of times with full attention and focus. Yet in reality, when a person is faced with potential violence, our brain goes into the fight-or-flight response, which in turn releases a surge of adrenaline. It is important to understand, that when we have a high level of adrenaline in our system, our mind and body do not function as usual. While adrenaline brings more energy to our muscles to raise the capacity of our ability to defend ourselves physically, some other effects of include: tunnel vision, when you only see what is in front of you and not what is around you. A sensation of your mind wandering or floating, making it hard to concentrate. Decreased coordination and difficulty to think clearly.

All these factors have a dramatic, negative effect on our ability to perform complex motor skills, on which many martial arts techniques are based on. While we may be able to perform them with ease in our training environment – when faced with actual danger, there is a great possibility that all of our complex movements which we learned will not come up in the moment of an adrenaline surge and our body will not respond as we had planned in our training, making us incapable to defend, especially by using the techniques we invested in.

That is not to say that complex motor skills will not work at all in a real self defense situation, but if your chosen martial art relies heavily on them, that may be one of the first signs of caution when questioning your martial arts effectiveness for self defense.
Some complex motor skills may work though, yet whether they will depends not only on the techniques themselves, but also on the training method.

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