I Do Martial Arts, Which Ones are Best for Self-defense?

I Do Martial Arts, Which Ones are Best for Self-defense?

Annaliese Naas, Opinions Writer

There are many forms of martial arts, but what are the best ones for self-defense? I have seen two that are good to learn for dangerous situations.

Jiu Jitsu: It gives you the ability to throw your opponent and lock their joints in a hold. 

While Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is very similar to Japanese Jiu Jitsu, it is used for sport and is focused on keeping your opponent pinned down, but the Samurai and Ninja warriors would use Japanese Jiu Jitsu in an unarmed fight. 

Since their armor was bulky, they couldn’t be hypermobile and would instead grab and throw their opponent or lock them into a position they can’t get out of.  

Muay Thai: Muay Thai is the martial art that is also known as the “Art of 8 Limbs” where you use your fists, elbows, knees, and shins to defend yourself.

This is the martial art that I am practicing at the moment. We focus on punches and kicks rather than wrestling but it still has that same element. 

To use this in self-defense is to disable the opponent’s attacks or “weapons” as my coach calls it. 

The forms used are strict. You must keep most of these forms in check in order to land the right punch or be able to kick without falling. 

It not only increases your strength, stamina, balance, and muscle memory, it also sharpens your mental skills. 

When you get into a situation where you have to defend yourself, you analyze the situation and what moves to use. 

You can choose whatever martial art is best for you, they’re all quite important to learn and do. 

Word of the wise, don’t focus on being good, just focus on what you have to do. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right away, it takes time and practice.