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.