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How To Choose The Right Martial Art For You

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There is no ‘one size fits all’ martial art. It is great to learn something from a variety of styles, but at the end of the day you should choose a style that really fits your fighting skills, talents and that you will enjoy practicing day in and day out for the rest of your life. Something you can really master and excel at. So how do you know which martial art is best for you?

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Martial arts can mainly be separated in two ways, although they are similar. The first choice is between fighting styles that are either mainly based on stand up or ground fighting. Dividing styles like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Karate. Then you have choices as to the level of intensity that suites you. These divide between those martial arts that involve full contact brutal exchanges of blows and those that are designed more a sport or art and are not meant to inflict serious damage on your opponent. Let’s take a look at a couple of popular martial art styles that may work for you…

Aikido

Aikido is a non-aggressive form of martial art that focuses on redirecting your opponents energy. Aikido will never be featured in the UFC for sure, but still is offers some incredible techniques and training for those that aren’t out to be the school bully.

 

Judo

Judo is another type of martial art that is known more for it’s technique and moves that are designed to use your enemy’s strengths against him, while being able to take them down and control them with some pretty impressive throws and holds. Great if you are looking for a more defensive style, but you can’t be afraid to spend a lot of time getting thrown on the floor.

Tae Kwon Do

Taekwondo martial arts is a very impressive martial art featuring amazing kicks, inspiring weapons demonstrations, complex forms and board breaking. Sadly sparring is normally limited to point sparring only. This is truly an art and a sport, but if you are looking to draw blood, probably not for you.

Muay Thai Kickboxing

Muay Thai is for you  if you are out to do some serious damage and love nothing more than the feeling of your knuckles, elbows and knees sinking into another human being -this is the one for you! You are going to have to be prepared to take a few hits yourself, but this is what a bloodsport is all about.


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Arm Chair BlackBelt Says:

    It is very unfortunate that you’ve mislead many people in your articles. Your theory of “two main ways to ID martial arts” could not be more inaccurate, many styles cross your “fighting style” boundary, including some you discuss. You either did not do much research or you allowed your own prejudices to influence your article greatly because your depiction of the 4 styles listed are incomplete and inaccurate.
    As with any martial art, every one of them has strengths and weaknesses.
    Aikido is the purest form of “you can’t touch me”. And a very difficult style to master as you need to remain calm in all situations. Since you have few offensive weapons your goal is to off balance your opponent and have them hurt themselves.
    TaeKwon-DO (ITF-Not Olympic sparring) teaches offense, defense, basic ground work and distance it also uses hands, feet, elbows and knees to attack and defend. WTF was created to make money and allow countries to dance at the Olympics!
    Judo is a good art if you plan to stay on the ground but it has a limited standing style. You claim it is a defensive style, this is inaccurate as the style is very offensive when used by a well trained practitioner. It also teaches grace under pressure as you are often pitted against a larger and better trained students when learning. (it like always fighting a bully)
    Kick Boxing (which must be what you study) is aggressive, however the center is left open more often than not and the style has been proven time and again as less then effective against a well trained “martial arts” practitioner that knows how to defend against “outside in” fighting styles. As well as the difficulty in finding any version that is not watered down by personal bias. Basically if you can beat a “black belt” you are a black belt!
    To incorporate a well rounded MMA style you will do better to focus on many styles than any one style. (Bruce Lee identified this many years ago when he began to teach JKD). Most of which you failed to mention in your article. Once again proving a lack of research.
    Some of the better fighters in the MMA (both armature and professional) are those that have studied more than 2 styles, this has allowed the fighter to draw from a wide area of proficiency to use in the ring.
    Having a strong standing style (TKD or Karate), a solid grappling style (shoot fighting, Aikido, Hopkido) and strong ground style (Jujitsu, Judo) allows an MMA fighter to control the ring at all different distances as well as to control the pace of the fight. MMA is not just about the hitting, that has very little to do w/the SPORT! It is about controlling the ring, the pace and ultimately your opponent. That is why some of the best individual fighters lose to “lesser fighters” because they could not control all 3 aspects at the same time.
    Finally what you failed to mention that every martial art should help with is conditioning. You need a style or styles that teach(es) focus and symmetry to allow people to relax in a bad spot, to take a hit and to avoid being hit.
    The last thing you failed to mention (probably on purpose) is that MMA is only useful against 1 opponent. No one wants to be on the ground w/1 person and have 4 or 5 of his/her friends standing over you.

  2. dearmonh Says:

    Armchair blackbelt: yes mma will not protect you against mulitple opponents. No martial art is going to allow you to defeat 6 guys determined to beat you up. You have watched to many movies if you believe otherwise.

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