If any of you have wanted to start training a fighting style, but have never had the opportunity to do so, then you will find this article very informative. There are a number of styles you can choose from, going from light to intense, from meditation based to actual combat effectiveness, from high kicking to ground fighting to grappling.
Determining What Style Is Best For You
In determining the best fighting style for yourself, the first thing you are going to want to do is decide what you want. Do you want to get in great shape and lose weight? Do you want piece of mind and confidence? Do you want to be able to defend yourself? These are all questions that you must ask yourself as every style is different. It is important to keep in mind that “Kung Fu” or “Karate” are not just singular terms. There are hundreds if not thousands of styles of each. Even a particular style of Kung Fu, for example, Wing Chun, has hundreds of types of Wing Chun styles and variations.
- Chinese Styles of Martial Arts – referred to as Kung Fu are very interesting. The styles and philosophies behind these systems cover thousands of years of history, chaos, development, and learning. Basically Kung Fu means to achieve progress through hard work. In the north of China, you have what are called long fist styles where you attack mostly at long range, in the south of China you have short fist styles where you attack at close range. Short Fist styles they call them include styles like Wing Chun, Praying Mantis, and Hung Gar. Long fist styles of the north include Lo Han, Eagle Claw, and Northern Praying Mantis. Chinese styles emphasize the flow of Qi, actual fighting effectiveness, and are mainly family oriented. Chinese fighting styles can be the absolute most effective of any style on Earth. If you can find an authentic style in your area, I recommend taking that opportunity.
- Japanese Styles of Martial Arts – include Karate, Judo, Aikido, and Ninjitsu among others. Japanese fighting styles usually utilize a lot of locks and throws and have a military aspect to them. Karate even used to mean fighting hands of China and was derived from people who came over from China and taught on the island of Okinawa. Japanese Styles can be good but my favorite is Ninjitsu. This style focuses on being sneaky and has a long history. If you can find Ninjutsu take it, it is very effective. They say after 10 years of training to become a master you had to sit in a room blind folded, and move when someone came in with a sword and tried to chop your head off by using your heightened awareness from your training.
- Ground Fighting Styles – Ground fighting styles are extremely effective. The obvious ones to name are Jujitsu, Judo, and wrestling. Ground fighting styles are great, but the problem is that in the street almost all fights are with multiple attackers, and when fighting multiple opponents, ground fighting style are highly ineffective. One on one, however, an individual who is well trained at ground fighting has the ability to significantly dominate any opponent on the ground without similar amounts of training.
- Close Combat Styles – Close combat styles are among the most effective fighting styles known to man. This includes traditional Western Boxing, Muay Thai, Crav Maga, Wing Chun, MMA, and basic street fighting. Western boxing, although not commonly grouped together with other martial arts can be one of the most deadly styles. If you are good and well trained at traditional boxing, the likelihood is high that you will devastate your opponent in a confrontation. Other styles such as Muy Thai and Crav Maga, which is the official self defense system used by Israel defense forces, are extremely effective in close combat, and extremely deadly. I recommend you take one of these styles if you can find it.
- Wing Chuin – Wing Chun is one of the most amazing styles there is. Wing Chun can take years to master, however, if you are committed to learning the system you will be able to dominate almost any opponent. Real Wing Chun practitioners appear as street fighters from an outside observer on the street. Wing Chun incorporates Chin Nah, which refers to grappling techniques, ground fighting, long fist attacks and short fist attacks, as well as an extensive set of kicks, as well as weapons training. There is no better mixed martial art than Wing Chun. If you are willing to put in the time and dedication, Wing Chun is the best style that you can choose.
- Soft Styles & Meditation – If you are looking for something more for piece of mind, and relaxation, than there is nothing better than a soft style like Tai Chi or Chi Gong. These styles train by moving from one position to another while focusing on your “Qi”, practicing proper form, and practicing proper “flow“. By taking on one of these soft and mellow styles, you should be able to increase your health, relax better, and experience better overall state of mind.
Martial Arts Conclusion
To know what the right art is for you, you will have to first decide what your goals are. If you are looking for fighting effectiveness, choose a striking style such as boxing or Muay Thai. If you are looking for something softer and good for meditation, look into Tai Chi or Qi Gong training. If you want to get down and dirty, a ground fighting style like Jujitsu can be extremely effective. Before we finish this article there is one thing I want to mention to you about street fighting. A lot of people out there claim they are so good due to their training in the studio. I hate to break it to those people, but when you are in a real life encounter, there are no rules, and all that training goes out the window most of the time. Don’t ever underestimate the effectiveness of a random street fighter who comes with a strong background of random street fighting. When it comes down to it, the most difficult fighter is the one who has no rules, and no observable pattern. Street fighting is always the best in real combat. When I train, I train for a street fight. The studio is just a controlled environment where you can screw up and get away with it.