I talk a lot about martial arts and combat sports and whatnot. There’s a lot of discussion about which art is the best in a real-life self defense situation. The reality is that while each has their own merits, those merits may not always be a physical advantage. There are arts that are considered internal, meaning they rely on a more spiritual or mental training than physical fighting. There are some that require a strict set of rules to be followed. Of course, there are those that built for self defense or warfare and make for excellent systems to add to your training.
But here is the reality of self defense; it’s impossible to know what will happen, only what could happen. The chances of you ending up in a situation where you are confronted with an attacker are actually higher than you might think. There is no real way to know who might want to mug you or hurt you or even take advantage of you. Sometimes you can’t even begin to defend yourself until its already too late.
There is no “best” martial art and that is because not only is each person different but so is each scenario. You can be a multiple time world champion Brazilian jiujitsu black belt but you will still get knocked out. You can be a lightning fast, extremely durable boxer or nak muay, but you will still be taken to the ground. You can even be the best hand-to-hand combatant in the world masterful at Kali or Krav Maga, but you will still be stabbed or shot. The only thing you can do to prepare yourself is to diversify your training but also to be mentally prepared for what will happen.
The reality is you can die out there, and you have to be ready for that. You can never know what the attacker wants or what they have to get what they want. However, there is a chance for you here; and that relies on you realizing a few simple truths.
This is an introduction article, there will be some other articles that follow detailing different aspects of a self defense situation.