People often debate what martial art is most effective on the street in a self defense situation, and I just saw someone on the forums say the “100m dash”, and I would have to agree. Perhaps also with some additional training in the use of pepper spray.
I’ve always believe that what you need for self defense in a mugging-type situation is:
- No ego.
- Common sense.
- Zero hesitation.
That all sounds simple enough but actually is hard to develop because you have to put yourself in training as close to the real situation as possible, in order to develop the confidence and instinct needed to respond quickly and without hesitation.
But really, you have to be careful in thinking of whatever martial art you do as good for self defense. Maybe my experience is not representative, but all the fights I’ve been in involved lots of ego and lots of alcohol. So, really, for me, the best self defense system involves removing one of those or preferably both.
So, in conclusion, the best martial art for self defense in a world of guns is a mix of:
- 100 meter sprint
- Common sense
- Minimum ego
- Moderation in the consumption of alcohol
By the way, this post is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, because I do think that practicing grappling martial arts like brazilian jiu jitsu or striking martial arts like muay thai is great for gaining confidence and improving your chances in an altercations (everything from a serious assault to a friendly bar brawl).