4/30/11

The first in a series of drunken musings of a street fighter

A little about me… I like to drink and love to fight. So I thought I would do some drunken writings and upload it for you all to see. Umm I really don’t feel like editing any of my works so you will just have to take them as they come. My first musing will be on a subject close to my heart. I often see threads online with questions like “I want to learn a martial art to protect myself what would you recommend?” My usual response is about fifty more questions right back at them. Are you male or female? What is your weight? Do you work out regularly? Where do you live? And so on… So to some it all up I am going to write what I feel is the best martial arts to start out with for beginners looking to protect themselves based on some criteria.
Women’s self defense
Brazilian: Jiu Jitsu
My top pick for women of all sizes to start off for self defense would be Brazilian jiu jitsu. This martial art almost looks like it was made to protect women from rape. Bjj uses joint locks, crushes, and chokes to make your opponent beg for forgiveness. Royce Grace showed the world that size does not matter with this martial art when he went into the original UFC and defeated opponents almost doubling his size who trained in many various martial arts. 
Pros- Easy to learn(hard to master), you don’t have to be strong to use it
Cons- In a situation against multiple attackers you will find this to be ineffective.
Muay Thai
My second pick for women’s self defense would be Muay Thai. This is a very deadly art that originated in Thai-land. It literally turns your whole body into a weapon. Utilizing fist, knees, clinching, elbows, and shin kicks to disable your opponent. The power in this martial art does not come from muscle mass but from lean muscle and hardened bones from thousands of shin kicks on a sand bag. 
Men’s self defense
Boxing : medium to large builds or small and built
I would recommend this for more average to larger sized men for self defense purposes. People without any martial arts background will throw punches with their elbows to the side and bringing up their fist first. This is because it is the natural movement your body wants you to do. Although there may be some power in this it is simply slow and can be easily dodge. Boxing will teach you how to throw punches with both speed and power along with movement and how to set up your attacker. For this reason I would recommend boxing the most for when being attacked by multiple assailants. You will be able to move quickly setting up your opponents so that they are moving the way you want them to and where you can take one out one at a time. (Ps If fighting multiple people at once don’t try to go for the toughest looking one first. Go for the cheap knockout on the small attacker. If you can cleanly take him out first you will surprise the group and save stamina for the stronger opponents to come.)
Judo: small to large figure
This martial art can be used by people of any size from small or non muscular to big and buff. If you see this in competition or mma it may not devastating. This is because the throws are down on mats and leson the damage. In mma judo does not often work out well because the competitors do not wear shirts so there is nothing to grab. On the streets this is completely different. Your opponents jackets and shirts become tools to use to throw and choke them out. Another big difference is on the street you do not have mats to break your fall instead you just have concrete. One throw can mean a broken bones or a long cold nap on the ground. Here is a video for your view pleasure 
That’s all I feel like writing tonight so until next time. Feel free to leave questions to rebuttals of any kind and I will try to answer them in my next drunken rant.

34 comments:

  1. I miss doing judo, had a couple of silvers and bronzes in some comps. definately good skills to have.

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  2. Rule #1 of Fight Club, don't speak of Fight Club.

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  3. Rule #2 of Fight Club, YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB... Good read, man. I wish my drunken rants ended up this coherent.

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  4. Haha! Great concept.

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  5. good info, i always wanted to pick up a martial art

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  6. If I had to choose, I would pick Muay Thai.

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  7. Very nice blog post! I would love to train some BJJ and muay thai, but unfortunately there aren't any clubs near me

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  8. Even though I've never practiced it, I am a master of Muay Thai.

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  9. I took Taekwondo as a kid, I know its a joke compared to other styles but I took the exercise routine I learned from the classes and contented, intermittently I'll slack off but its kept me in good shape my whole life.

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  10. I want to learn this kind of stuff! Then no one would ever mess with me. :P

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  11. embed the videos :)
    nice blog

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  12. or just carry a gun and be smart

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  13. i like boxing the best. that turkish clip was INSANE

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  14. never took up any of it but my wife is, she is doing pretty well too

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  15. i learnt ju jitsu as a kid...

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  16. I would go with judo. looks the most fun. and in Street Fighter, the throw was the single strongest attack in the game.

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  17. Awesome post, been thinking about starting with a martial art, but haven't decided on which yet. Useful info, thanks :D

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  18. i've been wanting to learn something like that for a long time, I should really put some more effort into it.

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  19. Always wanted to start krav maga myself :P

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  20. great post.follower

    http://incredible-mo.blogspot.com/

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  21. I wish i kept doing martial arts from childhood.. would of been useful now i look back on it haha

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  22. Wanted to learn something like this, but I just can't find the time for it any more.

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  23. Nice to know I'm not the only one who likes to fight ;)

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  24. What do you think of Wing Chun?

    1 million Bruce Lee's can't be wrong :o

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  25. There's an other one you should add with a boxer fighting two chavs hitting his gf. Check it

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  26. GREAT POST!

    Made me want to go back to training

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  28. great post. Muy Thai is definitely a great way to protect yourself. Im more partial to JKD, wing Chun, and savate myself. My body just seems to adapt better to those styles. great post =]

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  29. nice post, I'm actually a black belt in Tae Kwon Do

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  30. i had to quit my karate classes because i didnt have enough time. When i do have time i'm thinking of maybe going into kendo

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  31. I used to take Muay-Thai and Jiu-Jitsu classes. I'd say Muay-Thai mixed with Sambo (Going to take in the future) and you'll be solid. Sambo is probably the most effective martial art. Look at Fedor, what is he like 30 and 1? Arguably the best fighter in the world.

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  32. Hahaha damn. Nice post! That's the thing about street fighting, it's so brutal, no holds. Like in the videos you posted for instance, I guess mostly in the Turkish one. Just keep winning your drunk street fights, okay? :>

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  33. Wow what a post, makes me want to start training again.

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  34. Martial arts are super-bad-ass!

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