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Self-Defence
Posted 8/4/13
Hand-to-hand: Jeet Kune Do. Hands down. Invented by Bruce Lee himself based on other martial disciplines.

Weaponry: a wide range, from close to long. Carry a good knife which can be taken into hand quickly. Pistols, sub machine guns and shotguns are great for close range work. Assault rifles fill the mid range gap. Sniper rifles are best for long range depending on which you might have in a situation requiring one.

Best defense of all: intelligence.
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Posted 8/4/13
My Springfield Armory 45XD and a concealed carry permit

Obviously situation dictates and what the guy above me said is 100% correct: "Best defense of all: intelligence."
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Posted 8/4/13 , edited 8/4/13
Depends on where you live, where you're defending yourself and what you're defending yourself against.

If you don't have a concealed carry permit, in some countries (states) it isn't practical or legal to carry around a gun. Depending on the state (within the US) they can approach open carry quite differently and it may not be worth the hassle of explaining to police officers every 10 minutes someone calls the police on you. This applies to knives as well. Knives (depending on the state and size) are considered concealed weapons.

If you find yourself in a violent confrontation, the best thing to do is comply and give them your belongings. There is a greater chance you'll survive the encounter. Other acts of violence are obviously a different situation. (rape, murder, etc)

If you're simply seeking practical self-defense, Krav Maga is very effective but just because someone attacks you doesn't mean you can go chuck norris on them and break their neck. There are laws that deal with the level of force that is appropriate in each scenario, and being charged with manslaughter is not beyond being a reasonable outcome if you end up taking the life of another person in a self-defense encounter. It really isn't that difficult and it's nothing like TV. The ref stops an MMA match when the person falls to the ground, because going unconscious is bad and could easily be a result of a life-threatening injury. Broken ribs can puncture a person's lungs. Be careful.

I've always suggested a Taser. It doesn't matter how much bulk, height or strength a person has; that much electricity going through an attackers body is effective. Pepper sprays are not 100 percent effective. I've been pepper sprayed for training purposes and it simply made me angry. For others, it did stop them but for a good portion of my class we were all capable of continuing an assault. (that was the point of the training.) Even if a person dies as a result of a heart condition after you use your taser, it has different considerations.

Wrestling and Boxing are usually safe bets on effective combat styles. I'm not insulting martial arts, as I've been a practitioner for over 20 years but wrestling and boxing are simply more practical. If you get into a bar fight, boxing skills and wrestling skills are usually enough to overpower the average fighter.
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Posted 8/4/13
You don't even need that much really, depending where you live a few hundred dollars should be enough for a personal firearm, hell they sell them at Walmart in the States.
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Posted 8/4/13
The best defence is a safe environment to live in. Or you know, an Apache Helicopter, those things will rain death from above.
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Posted 8/5/13
Wear a long trench coat where ever you go. You can hide a medium length sword in it. It you get attacked, pull the sword and charge them screaming like a madman and they will go away. Or a crotch kick will work also
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Looks like personal thread to me. There's a later more discussion-oriented thread on martial arts:

/forumtopic-811415/martial-arts

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