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Posted 5/15/13

PrincessLunza wrote:

Well don't listen to people who say to buy a gun, because most likely if someone was to point one at you your reaching for it would cause them to pull the trigger in their own form of "self-defense". Martial Arts wouldn't really help either. Surely it's true that the best form of defense is to stay the hell out of the way of people. You wouldn't need it if you didn't have a gun, right? -_-


Listen, little one, One I didn't say to buy a gun, did I? I don't remember saying to buy one, the best defense from being robbed, is to run like crazy.
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yell for 30 minutes and you'll become super saiyan.

well you might be dead by then but i'm sure if you practice hard enough you can call it up in no time.
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If true self defense, for the sake of self defense is what you are looking for, then you should take Krav Maga. It is the most brutal, most effective martial art there is. It has been made as a martial art to be used in today's world of weaponry, especially how to deal with someone with a gun, when you don't have one. That said, this art isn't about subtly or controlling damage, rather, it is about maximizing it. It's a martial art which relies on "the guy can't kill you, if you break his arms". So if self defense is what you are searching for, then Krav Maga is the best protection (besides a firearm of course) you can get. If you are looking for a martial art which is also very, but slightly less, effective, yet is still more humane in its nature and use, I recommend Aikido, a martial art used to incapacitate, yet prevent harm to you, or the one threatening you. It is a truly passive way of fighting.
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Parkour is the best form of trolling self-defense. I haven't tried it yet, but I remember as clear as day when one of my friends punched me and just waltzed across building by building while I failed miserably to even get over a fence in under a minute.
Posted 5/16/13 , edited 5/16/13
Try Aikido If you want something with a weapon, try Arnis. It's pretty cool. Sticks are used in Arnis now, but it's interesting to note that centuries ago they practiced it with blades.
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Well, which martial art would be best out of self-defence purpose?

Your best self-defense is using your eyes and your brain to keep you out of dangerous situations. Martial arts are for getting out alive after it's too late to avoid conflict.
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Big_A wrote:

I've heard people recomend the army, to get the best self-defence. However, I want to do this on my sparetime and not get into the fucking army! I used to think about going to the army, before I tasted life lol (Graduated from High School) and freedom.

Well, which martial art would be best out of self-defence purpose? I've done 10 years of taekwondo but I quit. Thinking about getting into a new one. So which is best to protect yourself in a more and more violent world?


I hear Krav Maga is pretty good (used by the military), but it's hard to find a school. There's only one in our town. What type of TKD did you study, and how far did you get?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krav_Maga


I got to red with two stripes but I could have had black, just didn't graduate after every semester because it costed money. It was focused on technique first but then the club became more competative. However, we used to have Hapkido on the side until that became a training on it's on at another time than taekwondo. I liked Hapkido, but now they train a kind of Hapkido MMA which I don't like. I liked the grips and the self-defence, and in taekwondo I liked the techniques. Now it's just "kill, kill ,kill!". lol. That's why I quit.
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Posted 5/16/13

Big_A wrote:


PhyongHwa wrote:


Big_A wrote:

I've heard people recomend the army, to get the best self-defence. However, I want to do this on my sparetime and not get into the fucking army! I used to think about going to the army, before I tasted life lol (Graduated from High School) and freedom.

Well, which martial art would be best out of self-defence purpose? I've done 10 years of taekwondo but I quit. Thinking about getting into a new one. So which is best to protect yourself in a more and more violent world?


I hear Krav Maga is pretty good (used by the military), but it's hard to find a school. There's only one in our town. What type of TKD did you study, and how far did you get?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krav_Maga


I got to red with two stripes but I could have had black, just didn't graduate after every semester because it costed money. It was focused on technique first but then the club became more competative. However, we used to have Hapkido on the side until that became a training on it's on at another time than taekwondo. I liked Hapkido, but now they train a kind of Hapkido MMA which I don't like. I liked the grips and the self-defence, and in taekwondo I liked the techniques. Now it's just "kill, kill ,kill!". lol. That's why I quit.


Yeah, those classes are mega expensive, but if you have a local "Y" they may offer cheaper classes. Over here at our local YMCA they have classes Jidokwan Taekwondo for $25 dollars a month for members, $45 non-members. Testing fees are $25 per test. Then the cheapest uniforms run about $20+ depending on the size & material. Then there's sparring gear ($60+), protective gear, & tournament fees. (and the occasional medical bill from injury ) That stuff really racks up, especially since the sparring gear doesn't always last so long and the use of duct tape as a temporary fix isn't tournament legal. Outside of the "Y" I'd never be able to afford it. $$$$

I don't take any classes but some of my family members do. I might get into it sometime within the next 2 years (no time now). I only like the forms & general stretching/exercise. I'm not interested in sparring......for now.
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I suggest mix martial arts because they teach you a little of every thing from the different styles and even ways to counter a gun or knife if faced with that situation.
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mhibicke wrote:


Big_A wrote:
Well, which martial art would be best out of self-defence purpose?

Your best self-defense is using your eyes and your brain to keep you out of dangerous situations. Martial arts are for getting out alive after it's too late to avoid conflict.


That is the best response I have read so far.
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Learn TaeBo! It's wonder!
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I'd say Marines > Army, you could do National Guard or the reserves in a branch.

Guns aren't the answer without going through a good training program, even then it's right place right time and hope you don't mess up.
Pepper spray is a good option, but just remember the old saying "don't spit into the wind".
They have the stun guns too. Check local laws though.

A good chunk of the States -side Martial arts are more out to make money off of you, sell you belt upgrades every year or so, and do repetitive motions that either burn you out or teach you just enough where you may last a few minutes longer. You can find good self defence places out there, but see if you can watch a class or two before you start buying into the program.

Simplest is to hang out in groups, keep your head on a swivel, have some good running shoes, and remember to keep low.
You don't have to be the fastest, but don't be the last.
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mhibicke wrote:


Big_A wrote:
Well, which martial art would be best out of self-defence purpose?

Your best self-defense is using your eyes and your brain to keep you out of dangerous situations. Martial arts are for getting out alive after it's too late to avoid conflict.


Yeah, but most of the time when someone talks about "self-defense" what they really mean is "damn, wish I had an excuse to punch, stab or shoot someone. (not saying that applies to the OP, just in my general experience)

Anyway this seems a perfect time for a quote from that Chinese guy that seems to agree with you--
"The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities... It is best to win without fighting."
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I would suggest you try out some Kung-Fu Martial Arts like xing yi or ba gua zhang or something of that nature.
If you want to get bloody MMA (mix martial arts) is what I recommend second.
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Posted 5/16/13

Sky_Renzokuken wrote:


mhibicke wrote:


Big_A wrote:
Well, which martial art would be best out of self-defence purpose?

Your best self-defense is using your eyes and your brain to keep you out of dangerous situations. Martial arts are for getting out alive after it's too late to avoid conflict.


That is the best response I have read so far.


But sometimes people are out just to pick on other people. When a fight is unavoidable.

Martial Arts is kind of like having a condom with you all the time. Better to have one, and don't need, than need it, and don't have one.
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