The Most Effective Martial Art
Most Effective Martial art?
What is today's most effective martial art to use in real life?
Would it be Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai or another form of martial arts?
Aikido is seen as the ultimate grappling martial art for self defence purposes as long as one finds a good dojo. A lot of criticism has gone into the fact that Aikido is not taught the way it was used to and that a lot of it's effectiveness has gone astray due to this lack of experience in the art. Aikido also takes a relatively long time to develop. It might look easy but when it comes to applying the technique taught..it's a whole new game. After mastering the art a bit though..between 2-4 years one can really start to see results of hard work. Aikido has no attacks and contains only defensive techniques. It is a system of fighting developed for a multiple opponent atmosphere...compliments of O-Sensei
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling art designed and developed by the famous Gracie brothers. This method of fighting is proven for it's effectiveness everyday. It is therefore seen as one of the most effective martial arts in an one-on-one match. The problem is also that though, since it losses somewhat of it's effectiveness when the opponents are more then one.
Muay Thai is a fighting form developed in Thailand and although it cannot, in the real sense, be put into the kickboxing category, it is probably the best description. Muay Thai focus only on striking and kicking. What makes this art so exceptionaly effective though is it's use of elbows and knees. Muay Thai fighters are seen as the toughest fighters in the world, being able to take a powerhouse beating and not even showing any signs of going down. The combination of these elements makes it a deadly art if used correctly. Muay Thai has some weaknesses as well though. Since it has no advanced form of grappling, fighting against an experienced grappler might be a bit of a problem
Then there is the Fear No Man:Fear No Man type martial arts that is apparently "UNBEATABLE". If you have a sense of humour go check out their site. The link is a google ad.
Which form is however the most effective?
Although all these arts are effective, each has their own weaknesses, therefore my advice is to combine them into a mixed martial art, cancelling out the weaknesses to form the ultimate art. Specializing in ground, grappling as also striking situations. a Martial art is only as effective as it's weakness...eliminate the weakness and one will have a devestatingly powerful martial art.
Please take a look at the different parts of this hub for more detail on each martial art specificly for more info. Part 1:Aikido is availible.
If you are looking for the most effective martial art for the street and self defence where guns, knives and multiple opponents usually are present, have a look at my article : The Most Effective Martial Art for Self Defence and the Street. I have highlighted the 5 best arts for these situations in my opinion as also the reasons why.