Avoid taekwondo, it's mostly a competitive sport these days. It didn't used to be, but it is now.
Karate is good. Kempo is solid, Shuri-ryu is about 60% hands 40% feet with some leg sweeps, Shotokan is about 50/50.
Kung Fu instruction is a mixed bag in the US. If you're a smaller person wing-chun is good if you can find a reputable instructor, but I've typically found their kicking to be weak and their counter grappling methodology is based on how solid a grappler your opponent is compared to how skilled a trapper you are. A green wing-chun fighter is going to have a lot of trouble moving on a grappler with more experience.
Judo, hapkido, jiujitsu, and aikido are all good arts. A lot of the old school TKD dojos used to teach hapkido along with their main art since it was a sister art, but those days are more or less over. Just be aware that going to the ground in a street fight is a good way to get killed by the buddies of the guy you're fighting.
SHIT TO AVOID >Krav Maga, I have never seen a reputable instructor outside of Israel >Jeet-Kun Do, most reputable JKD I've seen was taught as JKD inspired wing-chun, which was Bruce Lee's original style, lack of centralized leadership is why grifters take advantage of JKD's reputation as above with Krav Maga >Ninjitsu/Taijitsu, unless you're learning from a 80 year old Japanese man who is inexplicably taking on Western students you aren't learning from the source, much less a reputable source
Nah. A green boxer will trounce a green MAist. It's only after a few years of experience that a martial artist will be able to outdo a well trained boxer in a straight fight due to utilizing weapons (kicks, throws, holds, sweeps etc) that a boxer doesn't train with.
Not who you're disagreeing with, but boxing blocks still work without gloves.
Open palm and elbows are very effective, but palms require a lot of training and elbows require a lot of proximity. Wing chun taught me to cut hard with elbows, but I have to get past a boxer's fist to do that. Without excellent timing I'm likely to get my shit rocked coming in to execute an elbow combination.
Now what would I do to get past a boxer's reach to use elbows? I'd throw a TKD/Karate style kick to get me in close so that I could execute wing-chun style trapping and elbow strikes, which is something that boxing has no real answer for.
>>16779231 What is this weeaboo bullshit? Have you actually compared them? I mean, palm strikes may feel cool or some shit but they're hardly as effective as a decent punch if you know what you're doing.
That's one of the reasons that karate isn't that great for self-defense: it's got all this shit in it that is totally useless and cannot be practically used.
>That's one of the reasons that karate isn't that great for self-defense: it's got all this shit in it that is totally useless and cannot be practically used.
Nope, that's not true either. Looks like I'm calling everyone out today.
Karate only emphasizes palm strikes to the head and face as an alternative to striking an opponent's face and head with fists, which results in fucking up your hands. I wouldn't aim to knock the wind out of somebody with my palm because that would be utterly silly.
Palm strikes are used to hit hard surfaces that would hurt fists.
When you let someone develop striking distance without being prepared to fight you've already screwed up. My wing-chun instructor was an ex-cop, and his explanation to me was that when someone moves into striking distance and acts belligerently you may legally throw the first punch so long as you are able to articulate why you did so to the police. Saying that he behaved belligerently and developed attacking distance is enough to be good to hit someone legally.
Anyone getting up in your face is a dumbass trying to intimidate you. Virtually any trained fighter is going to rock somebody like that, whether it's with a quick hip-throw, a solid combination, or a stop side-kick.
I cannot fathom why there are people this ignorant about fighting after 1993. Just go on youtube and type in whatever style vs whatever other style. You guys who keep espousing krotty and kungfu are in for a rude awakening.
It's not only an exercise for the body, but also mind and soul. Aikido is also known as "moving meditation". This is no path of fight. But of harmony and love. It is the newest and fastest growing martial art there is. I personally recommend you to go looking for any dojo belonging to the Ki Society (also known as the shinshintoitsu school, the lineage of the master's favorite pupil) but most aikidokas belong to the Aikikai (the lineage of the master's son).
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