Street Self Defence Tips: Are Martial Arts Effective?

Sadly in the world today we all live with the threat of assault on a daily basis. Many of us may consider learning a martial art like judo to deal with this but how effective is it in a real street assault? My solution to learn street self defence.

A modern, progressive martial art based on common street attacks street self defence will prepare you mentally and with moves you can use to defend yourself. As an experienced martial artist I am often asked for self defence tips and the answer is there really aren’t many short cuts. Attending traditional martial classes isn’t the answer for everyone. If you do choose this route which is the best martial art? Of course you will need to find martial arts classes local to you and this will restrict what you can do. The range of martial arts is vast and includes throwing arts like aikido and striking arts like taekwondo and also newer martial arts like Choi Kwang Do and Krav Maga.

Personally I feel Krav Maga is one of the best martial arts for street self defence. Street self defence includes moves which I know many people would consider dirty fighting techniques. But what really is a dirty move in a street fight where there’s a real threat of injury! Elbow strikes, strikes to soft tissue areas like the groin may all be considered fair when you are forced into a real fight. Certainly when you think about self defence for women I would argue dirty fighting techniques have a place. At the end of the day it’s all about survival.

Real world taekwondo is another option for highly effective fighting moves and is well worth looking into. One of the other advantages of street self defence is that you can learn techniques from home study and joining classes may not be necessary. Many martial artists spend years perfecting a kick or strike but when it comes to a street fight they would freeze.

 My best self defence tip would be to have the right mind set to deal with actual violent encounters. It all starts with awareness. Be ware of your surroundings and of your self. You need to understand how you will react when threatend or attacked. Sometimes it really is necessary to make the first strike and if you can’t accept this you need to change your mind set. Most thugs won’t have any second thoughts in injuring you and you must be able to do the same if backed into a corner.

We must always stay on the right side of the law of course. Reasonable force is a term often used but what does this mean? And if faced with a thug holding a knife or bottle how reasonable can we be expected to be! This is when even dirty street fighting moves may be fair game.

I have trained in many martial arts and offer free advice at my site http://streetselfdefence.net
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