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    Eyes, knees, throat. When you get old you no longer care about fighting fair. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpkiller View Post
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    Eyes, knees, throat. When you get old you no longer care about fighting fair. ;-)
    I've been doing that since about 12yrs of age.

    Can work very well, if determined. No assailant much likes failure to breathe, or inability to stand without excruciating pain.

    As I edge toward Old Phart status, I've no plans of changing the focus anytime soon. (Stuck in my ways, one might say. )
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    Not sure if there is a way to definitively rank one as the "best" but Hikuta and Krav Maga are both excellent choices for self-defense in my opinion.
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    I watched my grandson take his first jujitsu class today. He has a brown belt in TKD and at one time was rated #3 in the state. Which was strange to me because I watched him whoop the #1 rated kid. Wasn't a cake walk by any means but he did it.

    The instructor looked at me today while working with him and said I love it when I get a student who just gets it. What surprised me is that he and my grandson went all out for a bit. The instructor finally got him to tap out. Don't think he would have done this if he wasn't familiar with my grandson aptitude, athletic ability, and TKD history. There was a big age, and strength disparity, 50ish vs 21. Knowledge and technique won out not as quickly as I thought it would. But very convincingly.

    I don't know which art is the best for self defense but my grandson said after this class he wished he had been doing this all along. I personally think jujitsu is really cool. Don't care how good you are you probably won't be seeing black on your belt until you have devoted a good chunk of your lifespan training in it. On the other hand just the basics mastered can be highly effective.

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    When all is said and done, the instructor is more important than the particular art. I would advise that you train in both stand up and ground work. People will try to tackle you, especially when they are losing in the stand up fight.
    Personally (being a traditional martial artist) I would choose a combination of a strong traditional karate style and a judo class for a lifestyle of martial arts. If you just want to learn to fight right now, a good boxing gym (never sell boxers short...they train harder than anybody and hit hard with either hand) or a strong MMA class. Whatever you choose, cross train in something aerobic like running or cycling. Train an absolute minimum of three times a week for at least an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nlyric View Post
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    ... my grandson... was rated #3 in the state. Which was strange to me because I watched him whoop the #1 rated kid
    Wondering if that is a difference between competition and actual fighting.

    In competition, he might have won the fight, but not the competition points.
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    In the 1950’s I studied Bicycle chain, graduated to Tae Kwon Do in the 1960’s, graduated to Grav Maga in the1970’s, got old and switched to guns on retirement from the military in 1977. Note: I have used them all at one time or another.

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    1. While inside of the house, I am currently subscribing to my "get the .45, and kill the punk" approach.
    2. While outside of the house, I am subscribing to my, "take my knife to him" approach.
    3. I like to keep things simple.

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    The skill of self defense involves more than just the act of learning to throw a punch or breaking a headlock. There are so many situations that could take place; it’s impossible to cover all the scenarios in the martial art process.

    There are a set of assumptions that must be made:

    • The attacker will be aggressive
    • He will try to impose his will and his game plan over you
    • The confrontation will also include unpredictable movement and action
    • The situation will not subscribe to the rules of “fairness”
    • The attacker’s method may vary, this may include verbal attacks to intimidate you, strikes, pushes, grabs and attempts to restrain you pin you to the floor
    • The incident will be very stressful to you



    When, where, how many and with what will all depend on the spectrum of scenarios that is called life. The martial art you choose must have an answer to these assumptions. Furthermore, it must give you a set of fundamental principles that allow you to solve the various situations that unfold. There also will be times when fighting is not the best option to guarantee your survival.

    What martial art do you think is the best martial art for self defense?
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