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What is the best Martial Art?

26 February 2012

This subject is often the center of heated debates-especially in martial arts forums. The question is-for all intents and purposes, impossible to answer.This is due to the fact that it is very difficult to effectively compare two martial disciplines in a clinical environment.Each martial art has it´s own foundations, fighting theories, fundamental assumptions and origins (where it originated under what circumstances). It would be almost impossible to agree upon which precise criteria would comparisons be based upon.What is the best martial art?Let us assume we would like to compare the effectiveness of two different martial arts systems.We would need to have practitioners face off in combat. But under what rules? The very nature of the rules inevitably determines precisely which techniques will be favored. In other words, the contest will be determined as much by individuals skills as by their ability to function comfortably within the framework created by the rules. Judo rules favor Judo practitioners and Karate rules favor Karate practitioners. It is well worth noting that mixed martial arts tournaments also have rules and limitations: Afterall,only two people are fighting, no weapons are allowed, weight class divisions exist, a referee is present and there are many techniques that are banned (groin stikes,spitting, eye gouges, blows to the back of the neck etc...)It will never be possible to artificially similuate life and death combat.Besides, even if it were one fighters win would prove that individual´s superiority not that of his chosen martial art.

Comments

Joshua

Even if I do agree with some of the things in this article, I still believe that brazilian jui-jitsu is the best martial art. We have seen it in the octagon many many times. As soon as any striker is on the ground their finished.

Billy

If you still think that is because you didn't understood the meaning of this article. In a one on one fight a striker might be weaker, but if it's in the street, the chances of someone stepping on your face are very high.

Gerard

I think that the articles sums it up beautifully. Sifu Bernard had once explained how the venue could also affect the outcome. In a street situation, 2 fighters may have varying results depending on the space available to them, or the props (weapons) at their disposal. The availability of broom handles, knives, or chains, could turn the tides, based on training.

Mark

Kung-Fu is a waste of time! MMA training is the closest you can get to real fighting. Forget about traditional martial arts, they look nice but at the end of the day not effective at all.

Same Ol Story

Right, because a sanctioned fight with specific rules is exactly the same as a self defense situation on the street. You need to stop taking advice from Joe Rogan, he is a talking head for the UFC and not much else.

martywilson

all of that tv fighting is all wresling they call it mixed martial arts it was better in the beginning when the fighters were of different styles now its all to the mat wretling boring boring

Andrew

I think we've all seen how effective groin strikes are, even in mma where they wear protection. Even in the UFC's where they could eye gouge and groin strike though, grappling seemed to be the most effective choice. Nowadays it seems more even but only because most stand up fighters have to train to have elite grappling defense. If you're going to take into account weapons, then gun seems pretty winning and then you might as well just train at a firing range, so lets not include those, for the sake of argument. I mean, the mma style is an evolution of fighting with multiple styles in a competitive environment, keeping what works and discarding what doesn't, by it's nature it should be the most effective and prepare you for the most eventualities. You would be comfortable no matter where the fight goes, as they say. Of course it has a lot more evolving to do, so who knows where it will be in ten years but I think it's safe to say that in 10 years, grappling and submission defense will still be core elements. As far as a martial arts where competitors spar regularly, it has, as far as I know, the least limitations as far as allowable techniques and eye gouges and groin strikes still land regularly, so you wouldn't be completely surprised by that either. In individual martial arts where they practice more dangerous techniques, you either can't or very rarely get to try them out, certainly not in live combat where you feel endangered. One on one, weaponless, I give the advantage to a skilled mma fighter but of course anything can happen in a fight. As far as multiple people scenarios, it's anyone's game, I mean, there are too many factors involved to say anything about that. Multiple people against you? If they have fight training as well? It's fun to say stand up would have an advantage, certainly you couldn't grapple but what if the multiple people all decide to grapple with you. I think if they are smart, you're just heading for a pounding.

Marlon

Styles do not win fights, fighters do. The best style is the one that is rigid enough to train students into fighters and is flexible/diverse enough that the students can adapt it to their body type, limitations and strengths.

 

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