Best Types of Martial Arts

The Top Ten
Tae Kwon Do

Grand Master Kim's Taekwondo is one of the best choices my family and I have made. My Three Girls and I have been attending classes for about two years now. Since starting I have lost over 100 lbs. From a size 20 to a size 4/6! My girls and I are learning the five tenets of taekwondo (Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit) and learning how to apply them to our lives, also I love the fact that we have something positive in common to work on and learn together. Even if you take your time to get your belt rank up in the words of Master Grimm "Don't Give up or Quit! Quitters stay at home!" For someone who has never done anything close to this before Grand Master Kim, Sr. Master Flint, Master Grimm, and the rest are all great instructors and we will be apart of our dojang for our Black Belts and Beyond!

The nice thing about Taekwondo is that it is a very modern martial art. Kung fu, and other arts are great in their own right, but in Taekwondo we do not focus on flips, and unneeded moves like Capoeria or Wushu (both of these arts are awesome but for a self defense situation they are not exactly the best to go with.) It is straight to the point. Fast and powerful strikes. We also learn knife defense, gun defense, along with grappling, and throws. Yes Taekwondo is weak when it comes to grappling, but you really should not end up in that situation in a real fight anyway. Grappling is more dangerous than a fist fight especially when the guy attacking you is bigger, and stronger. We are taught how to avoid getting into that situation, but we learn how to get out of it should it happen. I have lots of respect for other arts, but there is a reason why Taekwondo is the world's most practiced martial art.

I am a Second Degree Black Belt in TKD. I started when I was 6 years old and was in and out of it for years. Once I really got back in it, I've kept with it for 4 years straight. It truly is a great sport. But more than that, it is a way of life. I agree with the statement that you learn more than to just kick and punch. I myself have learned some grappling (wrestling), joint manipulations, and throws. Also, my school is starting to get into weapons, but those are not our main focus. TKD depending on the style and how it is taught can be a very useful form of self defense. I take traditional TKD and I find that this style is very practical for self-defense. It is not flashy and is based on good techniques, speed, and power.

Taekwondo is a complete martial art, and rest assured that a fast kick to the knees will end a conflict very very quickly.
For those who state that a fight typically ends on the ground so grappling is the way to go... Have obviously never been in a real conflict; a typical fight will last less that a minute and only one person ends up on the ground!
Lets not confuse a real fight with a pushing match, where the participants actually don't want to fight and are actually waiting for others to come and separate the clinch.

Kung Fu

In all forms of the traditional sense, martial arts is an art. Because of this, it is highly dependant on the person executing the art to be able to adapt to all situations, which makes for the best use of the art. Rather than emphasizing on one type of fighting, such as stance, wrestling, striking, kicking, weapons, grabbing, offensive, or defensive, Kung Fu has a great adaptation and usage of all of these. Wing Chun/Tsun of all the many chinese martial arts places emphasis on the technique and of attacking the attack, as opposed to the majority which defend and counter. The base concepts of all however take time. There is no wrong or right, and no better or worse style of martial art, but only what works best for you. Just as every martial art is different, every person is different, thusly every teacher is also different. Keep that in mind if you decide to study a martial art, and adapt it to make it your own.

Even though in a fight, it totally depends on the person and the situation as well as the environment. I believe that kung fu would have the best advantage. They are well diverse and have many strengthening and conditioning methods that go well above and beyond that of the norm. When I think kung fu, I think of a ton of martial arts, all well-versed in different things from striking, grappling, weaponry, and wrestling. I also feel that due to shaolin monks and their dedication to kung fu as art that they spend more than enough time and effort into not only honing speed, flexibility, power and skill, but a strong physical mind and spirit.

Kung fu is the mother of all martial arts, if you doubt it, go on and do a search about it.. Kung fu has being the "base" to karate, which later was adapted by the Koreans with the name of taekwondo.. Still is no the style but the practitioner itself.. I am 15, red belt in Taekwondo, I am not the most skilled person but I know some stuff, and my advice is: forget about the art and its effectiveness, choose one that you like, otherwise with you don't have passion for what you do, forget it, even a mere white belt will be better than you because of his true commitment to the art.

Now just go out there and train!

It's not really fair to just have "Kung Fu" as this literally includes any Chinse martial arts. There is more variation between Kung Fu styles than there is between Kung Fu and other styles. This is how Kung Fu influenced such varying systems over the centuries. You've got full contact Sanshou styles which rival other kickboxing styles in power and are great for competitions, grappling styles such as Qin Na and Shuai Jiao which influenced Jujitsu, soft internal styles such as Tai Chi, practical street defense styles such as Wing Chun and then of course the more acrobatic flowery styles which people usually tend to think of when you say Kung Fu. Put all this together though and Kung Fu is an unbeatable system.

Karate

All around the best because it has some grappling, throws, powerful and light kicks, palm, hand, punches, elbow, knee, and other strikes, and they teach you moves to disable a larger opponent. Most of the others teach you to use your opponents size against them, well if you’re against a large person in real life you’re dead meat. I’d say 2nd is Taekwondo, 3rd is Kung fu, then MMA because they use too much Muay Thai.

Karate can't be seen in sport as being effective because the only techniques one can use legally in sport fighting are the one that most resemble kick boxing, so you very seldom see real Karate techniques in sport fighting so people sadly get the wrong impression and don't take it seriously! Karate offers everything Muay Thai has to offer (in a slightly different way) and more...so many techniques that when practiced with all effort, can end confrontation and fight fast and in devastating manner if need be! The best part of Karate is that it's a way of life and can can be practiced and studied an entire lifetime!

Well there are many types for karate and each type teaches you different techniques, and it uses both hands and legs unlike TKD, which uses legs most of the time, so in a real fight, you won't be able to use your legs properly if you didn't warm up, but if you know karate, then you can use your whole body (fist, fingers, palm, legs, elbow, etc.)

And it is not about strength only, most likely it is about speed, so it will help your to dodge easily and attack in a fast way. Therefore, you might take down a guy in few seconds.

I am a Kyokushin Karateka and I can tell you that in 2 years I changed a lot...

First of all, my body is in a perfect shape... I mean not only muscles, but my bones are so strong that I can take a lot of hits without even feeling it... And most importantly, the Kyokushin Karate has to do a lot with the mind... I increased a lot in the spiritual area! I can take better decisions, I think more carefully about the decision, I take in tough moments, I always keep my cool! Thank you Sensei! Thank you Nakahata Dojo!

Mind > Body > Technique.

Muay Thai

Muay thai is one of the most brutal combat sports of all time. It's very effective and most of the Muay Thai fighter are really tough than Karate, TKD and Kung Fu fighters.

Muay Thai is the best for self defense and the best.

I think taekwondo is still the top 1... FOR THE WORST MARTIAL ARTS EVER followed by no.2 kung fu.

Martials arts are mostly for self defense.

Taekwondo isn't practical and 95% heavy kicking.

One kick consists of jumping, spinning around (distraction) and striking te opponent. But it is too slow!

So easy too dodge.

Imagine you are a black belt and in a wheelchair (only you) fight.

Speed is power.

Taewondo training usually has 30-100 students queuing up to kick once, waste money.

Muay Thai has more endurance since taekwondo is like wearing immobile guards.

What competitions sucks, you have to kick this much to get points instead of actual fighting, what.

The belt system has one problem.

Once you get a black belt, it make you tend to quit taekwondo already and would not practice for 666 years.

Muay Thai doesn't have that.

Well belt tests ...more

Personally I think muay thai is #1 as it has the best all round offense, what with punches, kick, elbows, knees and clinching. In my experience, kung fu only seems to work against other forms of kung fu. Put a kung fu fighter against somebody with a different art background and they tend to do very badly. It may look great in the films, but the tip tap kicks and the tap away blocks don't work in real life. This is why it looks great in demonstrations, but isn't actually practical in the real world. The same as karate, good against each other, but not very effective against muay thai. TKD is probably the second best and I still rate it highly, but muay thai is definitely the most dominant.

The art of eight limbs, Muay Thai. Over my years involved within various martial arts, whether watching or participating, nothing quite ever matched Muay Thai. It can give you an out of this world workout and provide massive aid within a persons psyche, whether that be a confidence boost or aid with anxiety. Whilst in other sports sportsmanship is a big thing with competing, I have never quite seen so much respect and admiration for an opponent anywhere else, Muay Thai is truly the greatest Martial Art.

Krav Maga

Krav maga consists mostly of real life applications, including defense against a knife, gun, group, and just plain experienced attacker. It is purely realistic self defense techniques. Most other martial arts are mainly used as sports. Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and many others teach unrealistic methods of self defense (why would you want to bring an attacker to the ground with you when you are more likely to be stabbed or stomped on by his buddy). Krav maga teaches one to eliminate the threat at the most efficient and safe way possible. In my opinion if I were to be attacked, I would want to get as far as possible from the threat as possible, even if the methods included eliminating the threat in what other arts would call dirty moves. No other martial art teaches self defense as realistic as Krav Maga.

Doing it for years, been attacked twice on the street (once with the knife), in both cases the preparation I got in the classes were more than enough to be successful in both cases without taking any damage, to tell the true my pulse did not even rise in both situation, because it was "way easier" than on the training, where we are going trough the very complicated scenarios and situations. KM provides real street smart knowledge, including no violent solutions for confrontations, avoidance, and prevention. I also doing other martial arts (BJJ purple belt, doing MMA and Mayi Thai for years) - all are great and I love those as well, but KM is for the street and for survival, the others for competition and personal improvement.

Krav maga is can only bested by tae kwon do. In my opinion, it should go, Tae Kwon do, Krav maga, Judo, Ju jitsu, and then anything else. Tae kwon do is in fact self defense, contrary to the belief of that guy who commented on the Judo (#8 as of December 2, 2012) In fact, that's all it really is. Besides a form, you must complete a self-defense for each belt. For black, you must complete all eight of them, as well as all eight of the forms. As a 1st dan black belt, I have NO idea how to attack someone, I only know how to defend myself if someone attacks me FIRST. So yes, Tae Kwon Do is a self defense. But Krav maga, (basically Israeli martial arts) is like a mix of like EVERY other martial art out there (except for tae kwon do), making it so awesome, and almost as good as tae kwon do itself. :)

Krav Maga allows you to properly defend yourself in the street... no fancy moves and no complicated sequences. I've tried a couple of martial arts before I came to Krav Maga and I've honestly never found a martial art that practices more common sense. If you want to survive the fight and inflict maximum damage on your enemy then Krav Maga is the best martial art. Krav Maga isn't an aesthetic martial art or a sport... so basically it isn't a joke like Karate.

Judo

As a Judoka with multiple martial-artist friends, I am obviously biased towards Judo. Despite this, I recognize its flaws - namely uselessness until you close the gap, by which point the strike oriented arts will have already pulled a few punches. However at this point, judo gains complete superiority. The only way I have ever seen a judoka not beat a karatist is when the simply run away until the clock runs out. If the fight ends up on the ground, all except Brazilian Jiu Jitsu loses for obvious reasons.

Judo is a literal translation that means "power without effort"

I've been doing judo 7 years. My sense is an 8th degree black belt.
Judo is beyond what anybody imagine. Judo can unite people, and make people do things they could never do before. Judo brought me many laughs and tears.

There is no martial art the same.

Judo training is realistic (as much as it can be outside of real life situations) and fluff-free. You learn pretty quick if your techniques work or not in randori, as apposed to only learning stuff against fully compliant ukes. You also gain stamina and the right mindset for facing true violence.

Judo is the BEST GRAPPLING MARTIAL ART...aikido is too gentle and might not work against resisting attackers...bjj is all about ground fighting...wrestling needs a lot of cardio and workouts...sambo is mostly wrestling with SOME judo joint locks

Ninjutsu

The only reason I voted for Ninjutsu is that I studied it and I can vow for its efficacy. But I also want to say that these polls are a bunch of bull.
There is no way to prove that one martial art is better than the other. It all depends on the practitioner. While martial arts that feature an entire arsenal of techniques are really tempting (there are 18 disciplines of ninjutsu, ranging from empty handed and armed combat to manufacturing bombs and poisons), simple and empty minded fist fighting can prove just as efficient.
Also, ninjutsu and aikido are very much alike as techniques (not ideology). I don't understand why they're so far apart in this poll...

In Ninjutsu it's not just self-defense or self-protection, it's a way of life, Psychological, physical, spiritual and you dissolve the situation or conflict immediately. The fight is over before it even starts because of the superior mind of avoiding the fight. If ever in the fight, the ninja itself should know and how to use every weapon available, they can walk into a room and find endless of weapons. Their body itself is a lethal fighting machine. Don't underestimate the mind and body of the Ninja. In my opinion the list should be 1.Ninjutsu 2.Kung Fu -(all forms) 3.Tae-Kwon-Do-(traditional) 4.Muay Thai 5.Krav Maga 6.Karate 7.Aikido 8.Judo 9.Hapkido 10.BJJ

It is an enigmatic art that is why it's true power is also enigmatic. It is easily ranked among the top 5 ultimate killer martial arts. We train with no holds barred and we practice with speed strategy and precision. There is no mindless fighting simply end a fight as soon as it starts and we are even trained in case a fight is dragged out and we are trained to fight multiple opponents. Like kungfu it is very spiritual where meditation is a must. Not to mention the weapon trainings with nunchaku, bojutsu, katana, shuriken, kunai etc.
There are 18 styles in ninjutsu. These include judo, karate, ju jitsu, weapon styles, gymnastics etc.
We are trained to survive in the wild alone and parkour and fighting blindly and much more. Basically at the end you can literally kill with one strike. Warning true ninjutsu is not officially a sport. It is in fact an ultimate killer martial art so train in it only if you mean it.

Ninjutsu is one of the most effective fighting styles in any situation. Instead of mindless punches we end the fight as soon as possible by paralyzing the opponent... It is no holds barred like Jeet Kune Do. Not to mention we learned strategy and tactics in real world situations. We also learned with the Ninjato, Katana, Bo-Staff, Kunai and many many more. Unlike most martial arts, Ninjutsu is very spiritual like Kung Fu. Overall, I think Ninjutsu and Jeet Kune Do should be in the top ten. And where is Wing Chun!?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ is such a great set of techniques, that you know exactly what to do when the fight hits the ground. In a normal given situation, the fight almost always goes to the ground. The people with Stand-up (No offense! ) do not usually have that proper skillset to keep the fight on their feet, as opposed to BJJ knowing exactly how to get the guy to the ground, and gain the control necessary. From there he can choose from literal hundreds of techniques he could perform, as opposed to Boxing where it seems like the two are just punching. A boxing guy does not know how to grapple, because he has been taught stand-up all his training, while the guy who's learned BJJ can get him to the ground.

Bjj has been shown repeatedly to be the superior martial art through rigorous testing, such as the Gracie challenge videos. The strength of Bjj is that it capitalises on the weaknesses of other martial arts. For example, the majority of martial arts completely neglect the ground game. Thus Bjj perfects takedowns and then a very detailed ground game for control and inflicting extreme damage.

Another reason that Bjj is a better martial art is that it can be trained full contact, 100% resistance and as realistic as possible, with a measured approach only being required right before a submission goes on.

Taekwondo doesn't traditionally use weapons hence its name the way of the foot and the fist and grappling isn't taught everywhere. Those who teach taekwondo with grappling are likely to a have learned judo or hapkido.
Ninjutsu isn't technically a martial art it is a set of skills but still has combat, the problem is its not very common. Kung fu is too generic so its hard to judge, but it is almost always striking or otherwise circular movements that wouldn't be very effective. Though karate was supposed to be designed for defenseless and weaker opponents the main goal is strinking with force and power, which really makes no sense. Muay Thai is for stong people and doesn't work against grappling. krav maga is great butis hard to find and doesn't fit the ground where US police say 90% of fights end up on the street. ALL weapons martial arts can rarely be applied and the martial arts known for sports like taekwondo, judo, boxing and kickboxing wont work on the street. Most of the ...more

Although I am a mma fighter and I train Wrestling with a university so it's legit as well as muay Thai with my mma gym with a pro muay Thai fighter I enjoy BJJ the most. BJJ not only is a very useful self defense technique but so much fun and also is a martial art where you can test it out in live Rolls which is basically like the real thing without punching.

Ju Jitsu

How on earth is kung fu above jiu jitsu? Royce Gracie proved that in terms of individual martial arts jiu jitsu is by far the most effective. Also karate and tae kwon do are only useful if combined with other martial arts whereas jiu jitsu practitioners can hold there own against anyone

I'm a really small man reaching close to 60 years old. I studied JuJitsu for several years and thinking back without it, JuJitsu is the reason why I made it this long. I weigh about 120 lbs. , live in a real rough area, but believe it or not I get a lot of respect.

Come on - Margot Robbie, Naomi Watts, Demi Lovato and Rebel Wilson seem to love it! According to many tests and websites it seems to like it. By the way, It is not Ju Jitsu it is Jiu Jitsu!

I'm all about ju jitsu. It's my favorite art and I love making people tap out! If you want to have great self defense when somwon is messing with you this art is definitely for you!

Boxing Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring..

People have become so enamored with the esoteric and exotic practices of the East that they have forgotten all about what the Western world had to offer to the art of self defense.

"It's just fighting", "It's not a real martial art". How easily we forget about legends like Muhammad Ali dodging 21 punches in 10 seconds or Jack Dempsey knocking a man out with a single punch.

Boxing is a science and an art. Boxers are trained to be fluid and fast, darting into and out of the enemy's range and testing and dismantling the opponent's defense with quick jabs before delivering devastating straights and hooks to the liver. The strength behind these punches is not generated from the arms, but instead from powerful torsion of the entire body and the ground. I've seen this technique send heavy sandbags crashing into the wall behind them.

There is fluidity, power, and speed behind the art of Boxing, and it deserves consideration by every decent martial artist for what it has ...more

In mma boxing is a must have. It is the bread and butter to striking. Yes wrestling and jujitsu are great for mma. And muay Thai is up there as well. But when you set up for just about any style you use your fists. And boxing is all about that. Even bruce lee recognized that and incorporated it into his jeez kung do. In my opinion boxing can hold its own against any martial art.

Boxing is one of the few martial arts that actually works in and out of the cage. Think about it, how many people have you seen in the street puling off huge kicks and big rolls. It just doesn't happen. And in the ring, it's proven for many many years that boxing works. So next time you're thinking of choosing a martial art, put boxing on your list!

I accidently vote for Kung Fu. It's one of the worst Martial Arts. Boxing is the best. I have a long chat with National Chief Coach of Muay Thai and also personal coach for the MT World Champion. He mention that with no doubt boxing have the best upper defense and best practical Strikes. Also Taekwondo 8th Dan Master agree that Boxing have the best punch.

The Contenders
Wing Chun

It looks like kung fu flashy stuff, but wing chun is the real life fight, we stuck in a fight, grabbing, pushing, trying to punch, but we can't punch freely in that distance. Losing balance and going to the ground maybe. Wing Chun is the martial art that has got it all to solve these problems in a real life situation.

There will always be debate on what Martialarts is better than the other but wing chun is very effective just give it a try my friend beat a brown belt in shotokhan karate and he did wing chun for 4 months try it I do it and love it.

Wing Chun is fast, short range to attack people closely so people cannot attack back, but for street fighting I'm not sure, and it is created by a girl called Wu Mei.

I think wing Chun is a good martial art. Because of its scientific principles behind it,centerline and deflection for example. I can rate it number 1.

Aikido

This art can be practice at any time regardless of age or gender, surprisingly takes longer to master but definitely a good foundation to start your martial arts training, not just the development of timing and fundamentals of proper falling but understanding techniques through training with weapons. The vast majority of practitioners welcome each other worldwide on open mat. Clearly, aikido is a very beautiful art to enjoy in one's daily practice.

Aikido is a martial art that's tailored to respond to any type of attack. There's that saying, the ultimate offense is the ultimate defense, and Aikido is a living proof of that. I even remember watching that UFC or that Japanese fighting championship (I don't remember which one was it) the aikido dude got disqualified because he didn't beat up anyone, his opponents quit, because they could not defeat him lol.

Oh come on Aikido is a very reliable self defense martial art only because of the overhead throws and joint locks! With those nobody will mess with you again. Plus who doesn't like watching people weep in pain? This is the art that's very reliable other than Ju-Juitsu or Judo. You can't possibly think Aikido isn't great. Right?

I found out my English teacher is a an aikido instructor and I ask him to kick my ass for a little laugh... He put me on the ground in less than a second, and I almost cried. Aikido is without question the best

Keysi Fighting Method

Its really great fighting method but its really effactive for street figth but not for martial arts

It doesn't bull around. It is just used to kill and maim

Keysi is a great martial art for self defense

Batman used it in two movies. The pensador stance fails, though...

Mixed Martial Art

MMA shouldn't even be on this list. MMA is not ONE martial art, it is (just as the name says it) a combination of different martial arts. This list is for THE best martial art, therefore MMA cannot be on this list

WHY IS MMA AT THE 9TH PLACE! I strongly believe it is more effective than most Eastern and wester martial arts alike. Mainly because it's a mix of all martial arts, so it basically unbeatable.

If just one martial art was the best then we would not need so many others. We need to be able to defend ourselves standing or on the ground so for me learning multiple is the best way to go.

Its basically every Martial Arts listed here combined into 1! Depending on how much you learn from this list... So it is the most efficient and useful technique! Hands down undisputed

Kajukenbo

Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Kenpo, Boxing, and Chinese Boxing.
Formed in 1947, it's the first traditional mixed martial art. Used to help train military and federal contractors, law enforcement, etc. This along with Krav Maga is what makes these guys such bad asses... Yet so low-key in public.

A. Combo of karate jujitsu Kempo Chinese boxing. Very street effective. Also known for being dirty and sadistic fighting

Mixed makes it intresting

This is very good martial art I would like to introduse this type of art in india, shihan hasrat khan

Wrestling Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

Everyone can do a punch or kick or whatever the form it's. But not everyone can grapple or lock properly. See MMA the majority of movements are wrestling. Wrestling is dominance.

by the way the list and voters are sucks too much eat movies brainwash. Most of the list are a joke irrelevant and outdate.

My friend is amazing at wrestling, but he uses both his arms and legs to pin me down, leaving him open in many places. Not a good position to be in with a person like me. He left his face open many times, and his nuts, but I didn't want to hurt him. I told him he needs to cover his body or he will get really hurt.

Wrestling should be a lot higher because if you watch mma or have anything to do with it. They will always talk about the person's wrestling

Are you joking. This is best MA. Wrestler would beat any other martial artist. Vote for it

Pankration

The mother of all martial arts the most older and violent.

By far the best

Sambo

Sambo is a great form of martial art it uses throws, traps, and locks to knock down your opponent. There are different types sport, freestyle, and combat. Combat is more useful because it adds in kicks and punches also the stuff I listed above

Sambo is very useful for self-defense, it's way more useful than kwon do

Vladimir Putin does Sambo and Judo.

It is a good martial art

Eskrima

Been a practitioner since I had this as part of my subject in college, at first we might thought that it was just a simple stick fight, but when you go deeply, it involves different useful tactics that will greatly save your life in a common street fight, with or without weapon, it was a complete package, you can do it empty handed or use just anything in your surrounding for added reach advantage(even a barbeque stick would do), from proper stances, blocks, evade, disarming, pin down, etc., with all kind of weapon, from short swords to long sword, dagger to spear, maybe if arrows are still on the mainstream they might have tactics to block those like a spartans.

Common misconception is that eskrima focuses only on weapons. Think again... It is one of the most complete fighting systems ever created. There are a lot of styles and systems other, so do research first and look for what fits you and make sure you train under a legitimate teacher.

For real world self defense, there are few martial arts that are as equipped as this one. The fact is the majority of attacks on the street are with weapons. Given that fact, this style may save your life if attacked by someone with a knife. You'll be glad if you trained in this style.

I think a complete art is necessary for me, because this art means to master one, you will receive three capabilities. In hand to hand it would take out 60-80% of the hand to hand threats. In a stick to stick situation it is 100% effective. In a knife to knife situation, it is fatal.

Silat

Unpredictable, unorthodox, attacking from any direction and angle, speed, deception, and relentless attack, not to mention its grappling style. It's very difficult to fight with, especially if you haven't seen it before.

Like boxing for example, I've known about it and seen it so many times when sparring or watch T.V... So, I already know what to expect against a boxer his attacking pattern and strategy, but against Silat, it's very difficult. It's like a free flow without a pattern martial arts. Difficult to counter and predict.
That's what my experiences is when fighting against Silat fighter a couple of years back.

So yes, it deserves in the top ten spot.

Silat is Malay Archipelago originated MA. It's one of the most ancient in the world. Mostly in Malaysia and Indonesia. It's more like Kung Fu, with more fatal and more killing moves. There are many varieties and they have at least have 300 types of Silat moves. From dancing types, to striking types. Easy to understand. It's like Krav Maga mixed with Karate and Kung Fu. It's mostly based on tiger moves.

Silat is a martial arts from Southeast Asia, but I think Indonesia is best for this. If you've ever watch "The Raid: Redemption" movie, there's a lot of silat there. And silat it's not just for self-defense, it's an art.

Very impressive and effective martial art though difficult to master. To truly be able to use Silat for self defense would take serious training. It couldn't just be a past time.

Kickboxing

Although no martial art can beat another, it's all about the practitioner, I'm gonna go with kickboxing... I've been a kickboxer for years and tried some other martial arts (taekwondo, aikido, kung fu, MMA) I find that kickboxing is the real deal, competition wise and I'm self defense situations, no meditating no ground grappling, just effective striking

Kickboxing should be higher on the list. I do tkd kickboxing and I am a second degree blackbelt and earned a few state titles. I've learned a lot since I first started and I'm happy I did.

Kickboxing is really fun to watch. Especially on Bully Beatdown.

I have been playing Kickboxing for 6 months, It's a good sport...Its like train hard fight eas

Tang Soo Do

Like Tae Kwon Do but much more emphasis on stances and power

My children have just started this class and they love it.

Tang so Do is the best! I also do Tang so DO

Similiar to Tae Kwon Do but involves more hand movements

Jeet Kune Do

Kon'ichiwa, I am a practitioner of Japanese Jujutsu and want to express my views as a martial artist. Jeet kune do fighters are-like Bruce Lee said to be like water. Actualize yourself as a fighter and not do pick and choose which style you like. To understand fighting you need not to become a product of patterns and fixed thinking throw away prejudice etc. Things like Boxing and Judo (no offense to those people) are styles which could cloud the truth of combat and hide the expression of human emotion though patterns; you should aim to utilize all types of combat skill and self awareness, to use only punches or only to grapple somebody is ineffective against a group if you are no master. I'm a martial artist myself but I find that some locks and other techniques may not be useful in the quick reaction situation but do not hate technique, seek to understand every technique forward and backward, to understand what is useful and what is uniquely your own philosophy. Any martial artist ...more

I'm voting for jkd because it gives you freedom instead of he punches then you block and you must do a strike every time no! there is freedom and you are not limited to one way like bruce lee said use no way as way have no limitation as limitation.

Jeet Kune Do, Iv been in martial arts for over 37 years. I hold a 4th degree black belt in 4 different styles & 3yrs ago went to Japan / Okinawa where I recieved my 5th degree GoDon. I feel jeet Kune Do is definitely my first choice do to its founder... without this art other arts have followed.

I don't think jeet kune do is the best but I agree that its second best why I say so is becuase bruce lee was the best martail artist in the work and invented jeet kune do

Hapkido

Although Taekwondo is a good martial art, it's kind of limited compared to Hapkido. Also, Taekwondo is considered more of a Korean sport rather than a martial art. It's still good, but Hapkido has more things to do.

It seems like a well balanced martial art. The Green Baret uses it, the CIA, and the Korean Special Forces. That says a lot for the U.S. government, to trust it with their military and to protect the president.

I did Hapkido for 8 years and it taught me enough to accidentally almost hurt two of my friends pretty badly while we were rough housing... when I was 6... Hapkiod has taught me a lot.

Hapkido is the only martial art that operates in ALL four self defense ranges, beats ALL the martial arts listed above.

Tai Chi

Haven't leraned this art but I know only one technique in which I used in my life. I was gonna be pushed on violently to my chest but I reversed it and pushed my aggresor back, avoided an ugly fight thanks to tai chi!

Great tipped of martial arts not the best but probera lay second best following kung fu

The basic idea of using the opponents strength to defeat your opponent. "nothing is softer than water, but nothing is stronger than water. All depending on the wind" & taichi is good for your health.

I used it against my friend

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