Self Defense, Security and Police Training
One of the main advantages of learning a martial art is the boost in confidence it gives. Just knowing that you are capable of defending yourself will make you walk with your head held a little higher, and we have seen firsthand how learning martial arts can transform a reserved, introverted person into someone with loads of self-confidence.
If you are in a profession such as security or law enforcement where learning to defend yourself is crucial, we have some excellent classes for you to consider. All of the martial arts that we teach are taught with real-world application in mind, and the techniques that we train you to perform are devastatingly effective. These techniques teach you how to deal with both armed and unarmed attackers and train you in reality-based scenarios such as fighting multiple opponents, defending yourself against edged weapons, and disarming an attacker who has a gun.
Thanks to their effectiveness in real life scenarios, the martial arts that we teach at Kombat Arts are used by some individuals on Special Forces teams, such as the Navy SEALS and other units who regularly put themselves in life and death situations. They trust their lives to these techniques, and so do we.
What is the best martial art for self defence?
This is also a popular question that we get from our students. And again, it really depends on the individual.
The fascinating thing about martial arts, is that EVERYONE thinks that their martial art is the BEST!
But it really comes down to your conditioning, how well trained you are with the tools that you have learned, your tactics, your commitment to defending yourself and loved ones and your level of confidence.
Definitely not something that is easy to answer. What we can do is share with you the strengths and for want of a better word, “weaknesses” of each martial art that we teach.
Boxing, is the sweet science of hitting without getting hit. It has great conditioning (which is a weapon in itself), head movement, footwork, formidable strikes with the hands and Boxing makes you very athletic. Boxing does not teach any kicking, grappling, weapons skills, and because it is a sport, there are rules, so foul techniques (eye jabs, groin hits etc.) are not trained.
Muay Thai also has great conditioning, teaches you to be very resilient and tough, a very aggressive fighting style and is able to flow smoothly between the kicking, punching and clinching range. The clinch (close quarter) range in Muay Thai is very formidable, allowing you to control, strike and sweep your attacker. There is no groundfighting involved in Muay Thai, and it too is practiced like a sport, so there is no training in foul / illegal techniques.
Savate, a form of kickboxing is also a great striking art for self defence. Again there is no groundfighting or foul techniques taught, as it is a sport. However Savate is elusive, great footwork, fluidly moves from punches to kicks and you train in your shoes; teaching you how to use your shoe as a weapon.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seeks to rapidly close the distance with the attacker, clinch, and take the fight to the ground. Once on the ground, the BJJ practitioner seeks to dominate with superior positioning, holds and submissions. Even though most conflicts will start standing up, they might eventually end up on the ground. Something to consider if you are a smaller person, a female or a security or law enforcement officer, where the objective might be to prone your suspect for handcuffing.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lacks the striking tools of the aforementioned arts, and it too is usually practiced with rules, so training in foul techniques is not usually done.
Jeet Kune Do strives to cover all areas of combat: kicking, boxing, clinching, with or without weapons, against one or many attackers. Jeet Kune Do is mainly a concept; an approach to combat. One idea in JKD is to deeply study a martial art, see what works for you, keep those skills and discard the rest.
It is very similar to MMA, in that all ranges are covered, and there is also training of foul techniques (like attacks to the eyes or the groin), weapons and strategies for multiple attackers. The one issue is that because there is so much to cover, it is hard to develop a solid base in one particular range (kicking, boxing, clinch, or grappling)
Krav Maga is an Isreali based martial art where the goal is to escape. This might mean engaging your attacker and using enough force to stop them. Krav Maga covers striking, basic grappling, defending against weapons and multiple attackers. There is a lot of emphasis on situational awareness and being able to perform your techniques while under stress. If this martial art is good enough for the Isreal Defence Force, then it is definitely a martial art that can help you learn self defense.
Kali is great for teaching how to use weapons and from that knowledge, how to defend against them. Even though you might not carry a weapon per se, it can teach you how to use an everyday object as an improvised weapon, if the situation needed that kind of reaction. For example, a flashlight or a pen could be used as an improvised weapon.
Kali is known for its use of foul techniques, and this art does have striking and grappling techniques, but not often trained as athletically as Boxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
If you are interested in self defense, then consider training in these martial arts, so that you have the confidence to defend yourself and your loved ones. If you are a security or police officer, then you need to study one of these martial arts, to learn how to defend yourself and to make a safe apprehension of a suspect.