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Dr. Jerry Beasley’s Top 10 Martial Arts for Self-Defense

Dr. Jerry Beasley’s Top 10 Martial Arts for Self-Defense

I selected 10 systems that I’ve practiced and found to be self-defense worthy. It’s hard to say just one art does it all. The best advice is to try them all and get in combat shape.

Ultimately, it’s not the art that’s important; it’s the individual. It’s not the technique that makes the difference; it’s the delivery. A smooth stone that hits its mark is going to be more effective than a .44 Magnum bullet that misses.

Train with purpose; the more you sweat in the gym, the less you bleed on the street.

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Kyokushin Karate

If you complete the 100 fights required for a black belt in kyokushin karate, you possess the attributes required for self-defense. Learn how kyokushin karate master Kenji Yamaki endured the 100-man kumite!

Kobudo

A street-savvy warrior will take a weapon over his empty hands every time. When you become an expert with traditional weapons, you have an advantage in real combat.

Krav Maga

The gun and knife defenses taught in krav maga are perhaps the best in the field. Video: Darren Levine demonstrates how to use krav maga to survive a knife attack!

Muay Thai

Muay Thai’s a realistic combat art with an emphasis on training and conditioning.

Kano Jiu-Jitsu

The forerunner of judo, this early 20th-century art developed by Jigoro Kano was more streetwise than ringwise.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

It’s been proved effective in street combat in the toughest cities in the world. Watch six Gracie Jiu-Jitsu videos!

Extreme Self-Protection

It was designed by Mark Hatmaker to cover all ranges of combat. Video: Mark Hatmaker on martial arts training roadblocks and solutions for developing a practcial, diverse and effective technique palette.

Dirty Boxing

While many fights end on the ground, almost all fights start standing up. Dirty boxing, aka “clinch boxing” or “trap boxing,” prepares you for strikes that work in stand-up grappling and moves that are illegal in the boxing ring.

Jeet Kune Do Unlimited

Created by Burt Richardson, it’s perhaps the most combat-efficient interpretation of Bruce Lee’s method of “scientific street fighting.”


About the Author:
Dr. Jerry Beasley was Black Belt’s 2000 Instructor of the Year. A professor at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, he is the author of Dojo Dynamics: Essential Marketing Principles for Martial Arts Schools.

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  1. David says

    Nice choices.

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  2. Peyton says

    I can’t fault any of these choices at all.
    But I must say that these are all “technique” based martial arts instruction’.

    Yet I know that for a course to be a true ‘self-defense training’ it must include more than techniques. It must teach the psychology of the human predator, the techniques of conflict avoidance and de-escalation and above all adrenal stress conditioning the student in training so they discover that physical technique alone is not the complete answer to self-defense.

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  3. Michael says

    I want to put in my two cents for Pencak Silat. In my lineage we deemphasize techniques and focus on principles of engaging. Mental agility is more important than any technique. Silat, the way I am learning it, brings the Art Back to Martial Arts.

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