By M. W. Byrne

The 9 Best Martial Arts To Learn For Actual Fighting

Though the best combat style for you is whatever works, here’s the 9 best choices for most average people.

Kajukenbo

This is a kill or be killed martial art that aims at being effective when you’re in an alley, not a dojo. Eye gouging, groin punishment, ear tearing, finger breaking, and joint mauling are encouraged.

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Boxing

It teaches how to use your frame to land a hard blow with your full weight behind it. It teaches you to stick and move to keep opponents off balance.

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Jiu Jitsu/Wrestling

Wrestling and Jiu Jitsu help you learn to wriggle, make the most of small space, control an opponent with your body, knock someone out easily, escape, and handle an aggressive adversary when they’re right on top of you.

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Tae Kwon Do/Kickboxing

Though these two disciplines have a lot of difference in them, they both implement strikes and tactics that involve the legs. This is important for women and smaller fighters who don’t have the large upper body of gym rats or alpha assholes.

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Kyusho-Jitsu

Kyusho-Jitsu uses the body against itself, injuring nerves and joints with tiny pushes. Couple this with some nasty grappling and you’re a deadly contender should someone get in tight to try to hold you down.

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Aikido

A true defense art, Aikido is largely about using an opponents strength, speed, mass, and weight against them, which makes it good for anyone, but particularly effective for smaller individuals who aren’t bringing a lot of mass to bear.

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