8 most effective martial arts for self-defense

Currently, there are a huge variety of various martial arts, schools are developing, adopting the experience of each other, as a result of which new styles and directions appear. However, are all of them so effective for self-defense? It is sad to see when people spend 20 years on martial arts and as a result, in a real situation on the street, they are beaten by those who have never engaged in any martial arts. Unfortunately, such cases take place and as a result, it turns out that you just lost your time. However, many martial arts will adequately prepare you for self-defense when the opportunity arises. We have compiled a list of the 10 best martial arts for self-defense in the real life. So if you’re going to learn martial art, learn one of these 10.

Wing Chun

Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art that specializes in close combat and is popular thanks to the master Yip Man. The system focuses on quick attacks from close range in a row and attaches great importance to hand traps. Since this is Chinese martial art in the “southern style”, Wing Chun pays great attention to punches and palms, in contrast to the Chinese martial arts in the “northern style”, which emphasizes the kick. In Wing Chun, punches are practiced on wooden dummies to improve their skills and fill their hands. The problem that will become relevant with Wing Chun in a street fight is that the system puts too much emphasis on linear movement. Linear movement in street combat can be a hindrance because your opponent will most likely also fight linearly — thereby making it a fight of attrition and leaving your opponent to work in “puncher” mode.

Jeet Kune Do

Jeet Kune Do (JKD) is a military fighting style that was created by the infamous Bruce Lee. Jeet Kune Do was created with realism in mind and was partly fueled by Bruce Lee’s early childhood, in which he fought many times on the streets of Hong Kong. JKD emphasizes fighting without preconceived forms or patterns, which is so unavoidable in most traditional martial arts. Rather, the JKD has a set of guidelines that a specialist should follow. This martial art emphasizes a deft but sharpened stance with many sidekicks. Bruce Lee also adopted many boxing techniques, including roll blocks and forearms. JKD emphasizes practical punches, low-level punches that are difficult to block, and efficient use of energy, making it a good martial art to learn how to defend yourself in a street fight.

Contact Karate

Karate is the native martial arts system of Japan. Although karate is one of the martial arts systems, there are many styles of karate. Some directions are more useful than others for street self-defense. Many karate schools are very questionable, won’t let you participate in sparring, and won’t teach you anything worthwhile to defend yourself. Stay away from these schools. Instead, if you want to learn karate, go to a school that focuses on sparring. There should be full contact. Again, I can’t stress the importance of sparring, especially full contact and hard sparring. Even though you shouldn’t be constantly sparring, you should experience what it’s like to fight realistically. Many traditional martial arts schools are not sparing enough. Stay away from any school that doesn’t allow you to spar often.


Boxing is one of the most popular martial arts in the world. This is a martial art that focuses on the sleight of the hand. Boxing consists of four punches — a jab, a cross, a hook, and an uppercut. But from these four strikes, you can develop many dangerous options. If you learn boxing, you will learn how to distribute the weight evenly, how to move your legs, how to move your head, how to avoid punches, and how to throw punches correctly. All this will give you a huge advantage in a street fight. Once you’re good at boxing, you’ll be able to develop a “knockout power” that can knock out your opponent with just one punch.

The only thing I don’t like about street fight boxing is that you also stand in your opponent’s strike zone, thereby giving the opponent a “chance to strike” that can knock you out. In addition, boxers often fight with large gloves, especially those who do not box in competitions. So while fighting in the streets, you’ll find that your opponents ‘ punches can be more dangerous just because they don’t have big gloves on.


Judo, the parent of jiu-jitsu, is also another great martial arts system. Although the focus of sports judo has changed slightly and deviated from the basic philosophy of judo, martial art remains very dangerous. Some of their throws are quite tough and can be traumatic, especially on concrete on the streets. Unlike wrestling, throws and techniques in judo require a lot of practice and technique to be performed properly. But a seasonal judoka (a judo practitioner) will have excellent balance, hand coordination, a good sense of distance, and will be able to perform deadly throws.


Kickboxing is more of a sport than a martial arts style. However, for the sake of this article, let’s call it martial art. And this is a martial art that is taught in many MMA schools. In kickboxing, you learn to fight with your hands and feet. And while kickboxers may have stylistic preferences as to whether they prefer to kick or punch in combat, kickboxers are capable of both.

However, because the kickboxer spends his time learning how to kick, they do not develop leg dexterity as in karate or taekwondo, nor do they develop upper-body mobility and hand dexterity as in boxers.

In a street fight, I’d rather know kickboxing than just boxing. Kickboxing is a huge advantage in street fighting, as it gives you skills that most people don’t have. Getting into a fight with a boxer is quite rare. Kickboxing also allows you to stay out of reach, but still, be able to throw punches.

Muay Thai

The “Art of the Eight Limbs” has been revived recently. This martial art teaches the effective use of punches, kicks, elbows, and knees — thus, it consists of 8 limbs. No matter what you think of the style, there is no doubt that it is one of the most perfect striking arts. An experienced Muay Thai fighter knows how to easily hit an opponent with any of the “eight limbs”.


If a judo fighter is dangerous, a jiu-jitsu fighter is deadly. Although the art of jiu-jitsu does not focus on the so-called aspect of fighting, it is a very dangerous art when a precise blow or a series of them can cause significant damage to the opponent. Ju-jitsu practitioners are very good at keeping control in place and finishing off their opponents with special techniques. Someone who has trained in jiu-jitsu for at least a year can be sure that they will not lose a street fight to someone who does not know martial arts. However, there is a caveat: jiu-jitsu practitioners are notorious for not being capable of effective self-defense. All this is due to a large number of false instructors and ineffective schools, where this art is not delivered in the proper form and too little time is given to real fights. 

About the author: Alicia Burmeister is a lifestyle coach and a contributor to essay help. She also does Pilates, boxing, karate, and is happy to share some of her insights.

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