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What is the Best Martial Arts Style for Self Defense?

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What is the Best Martial Arts Style for Self Defense?
What is the Best Martial Arts Style for Self Defense?

Ghulam Ali of Pakistan competes in the Men's Individual Kata Karate during the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 at the Qatar Sports Club on December 12, 2006 in Doha, Qatar.

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What is the Best Martial Arts Style for Self Defense? Great question. The reality is that nearly every style espouses itself to be great for real world self defense. Are they all? No way. That said, it is true that the majority of individual styles do lend to certain self defense situations well.

Yep, the situation is key. Along with this, check out our breakdown of the applicability of several individual martial arts styles to self defense by following the links below. That said, please remember that style by itself never tells you the story on a school or its ability to help someone defend themselves. In other words, not all Taekwondo schools are alike; nor are all Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools; nor are all 3rd grade math classrooms. The teacher makes a huge difference!

Self Defense and Karate

Self Defense and Kicking Styles (Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do)

Self Defense and Kung Fu

Self Defense and Muay Thai

Self Defense and Krav Maga

Self Defense and Throwing Styles

Self Defense and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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