Top eleven – best self defence martial arts


11. Boxing

When it comes to defending yourself in a street fight or from an attacker,  boxing – now considered a martial art, is a great place to start. Boxing teaches the the proper way to punch, which most people don’t know how to do. Although the hands may be weaker than your legs, they can move much faster. As seen in the video below (skip ahead to 0:40) one man trained in boxing can handle multiple attackers with proper technique and powerful blows. Continue reading

The Benefits of Martial Arts Training

by Clint Leung

As any martial arts practitioner will tell you, there are multiple benefits in martial arts training. Of course, the most obvious benefit is a knowledge of self defense which is one of the major reasons why the martial arts were developed in the first place. Knowing how to defend oneself and loved ones in a potentially dangerous situation is an asset in today’s world just as it was hundreds of years ago. Unlike often portrayed in the movies, martial arts are not just about fighting. Many people take up martial arts for the fitness benefits as well. Continue reading

Martial arts offers extraordinary fitness and health benefits to people in their 40’s and 50’s

by Mike Adams,  May 17, 2004

It’s not just for fighting: new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that people in their 40’s and 50’s who regularly practice martial arts demonstrate astounding levels of physical fitness in comparison to people the same age who don’t exercise at all. The study subjects who practiced martial arts had 12% less body fat, were able to do twice as many sit-ups, had enhanced flexibility and leg strength, demonstrated a stronger immune system and showed greatly improved balance. Continue reading

How Martial Arts Teaches More Than Just Self Defense

by Ultimate Self-Defence Studios

A wise martial arts instructor once taught me, “Huff, if you are just going through the motions, mastering just the physical part of the arts, not paying attention to the principles behind the moves and how you can use them in your life, you may as well be learning ballet.” Continue reading

The Gentle Art of Humility: Ego and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


“Jiu-jitsu” translates from the Japanese as “the gentle art.” The idea here is that practitioners can execute moves realistically and at full speed without having to worry they will injure their partner. If caught in a submission, all the partner need do is tap the submitter’s body to signify capitulation, and the submitter will release the submission. Continue reading

Ten Ways to Win Over Your Grappler Friend

by Valerie Worthington

’ve heard it said that anyone who trains long enough to earn a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is bat-guano crazy. So, imagine how nutso the brown, black, and red belts are. People who grapple frequently let their training take over larger and larger proportions of their lives, as grappling becomes for them more of a life philosophy than a hobby. Given this tendency toward preoccupation – and, dare I say, obsession – the layperson might find him/herself confused about how to interact with a grappler, particularly one s/he knows and loves. Below are 10 ways to make sure your relationship with your grappler stays happy and relatively sane. Continue reading

3 Teaching Strategies: Do You Dictate, W&S, or Nudge?

by September 5, 2011

Imagine the most boring class you had in high school or college. The teacher’s droning probably made you itchy to escape the intellectual prison they called a classroom.

Now imagine the best class you had in high school or college. The impact of that instructor has probably lasted well beyond your school days. Continue reading

Teaching martial arts

by Luis Preto , April 10, 2012

Quite recently, while exchanging all sorts of points of view with everyone’s good friend Roger Norling of GHFS, and upon stating that Jogo do Pau’s footwork does not entail any deliberate positioning of one’s feet, but simply managing one’s body in order to manage distance with proper balance, Roger presented me with his different view on this topic:

“… you move in a sometimes rather particular way that I don’t think is just a matter of stepping back/forth or to the sides to be able to hit at a specific distance, but also to hit/parry in a special way that requires certain footwork. The most typical examples would be the tornado …” Continue reading

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