Whether men or women, millions of people are harassed, physically abused, and physically assaulted all over the world. Most of the time when this happens, the victim doesn't get to defend themselves because they don't have the proper training and knowledge to do so. Martial Arts is one of the most well-known forms of self defense.


Martial Arts is a great skill to acquire because it is not only a great way to defend yourself but also an effective form of exercise. This is like hitting two birds with one stone. There are many forms of Martial Arts, but not all of them will teach you the "proper" way of defending yourself, hence the importance of knowing which of Martial Arts is the best for you.


Jiu-Jitsu first appeared in 1920 when Jiu-Jitsu was developed by Brazilian brothers Carlos, Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., George, and Hélio Gracie. Since then, it has become the number one best adult martial arts classes for many people who want to learn how to defend themselves. It is also one of the most popular sports in many countries such as Brazil, the US, Australia, and Japan.


Jiu-Jitsu is a form of martial art that doesn't rely so much on luck and chances; instead, it focuses more on physical strength and mental ability to take down the opponent. This indeed an excellent way to train both your body and mind. It is suitable for people who are just beginning to learn how to defend themselves because one match only takes 5 minutes. Since most altercations end on the ground, this is one of the best forms to build a self-defense foundation. The martial art focuses on ground combat versus striking, better preparing you for a real-world altercation.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai or Thai kickboxing is a form of martial art developed by Thai people in Eastern Asia that started thousands of years ago. Unlike the other martial arts, Muay Thai is uncommon in many countries, especially in America and Europe.


It is also called "The Art of 8 Limbs" because the Nak Muay of the fighters in this martial art uses their elbows, knees, fists, and feet/shins to knock out their opponent. Because it uses almost every part of the body, the fighter can freely move.

Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts, or simply MMA, is one of the most popular forms of martial art in the whole world. It is believed that this sport started in Greece in 648 BCE as training for Greek armies. MMA gave birth to organizations such as Bellator and UFC.


It is a combination of all types of martial arts such as wrestling, street fighting and, and boxing. Jab, overhand punch, round kick, and trip are some of the basic moves in this sport. It is also an effective and excellent way to improve your balance, coordination, and flexibility.


Taekwondo, which originated in Korea, started more than 2000 years ago. Although it is a good way to learn how to defend yourself, this martial art focuses more on mind power and Newtonian physics.


Unlike the other martial arts on this list, this one uses more unrealistic moves like a roundhouse kick, so if you'll think about it, if you are in a situation where you need to defend yourself, performing a roundhouse kick requires balance and enough distance to perform which is something that you don't always have in this type of situation.


Karate is no doubt the most popular martial art on this list. This martial art originated in Okinawa in the 17th century. It involves kicking, blocking, and striking. It is an excellent activity to develop composure, mental skill, coordination, reflexes, and also a good form of exercise.


This form of martial art uses a colored belt to signify the skill level of the karateka or the person who performs karate. Although karate is an excellent way to learn how to defend yourself, it is probably one of the most ineffective because it does not teach so many situational ways to protect yourself.


It is not a secret that the world is not a safe place; there are many people who will have bad intentions towards you. The best way to deal with these people is by defending yourself, most especially because not all the time, there are people around and willing to help you.


These forms of self-defense will not just teach you proper forms, kicking, punching, and the likes, but they will also teach you when to use your knowledge and abilities. Enrolling yourself in these Martial Arts classes will not only teach you how to defend yourself, but it will also teach you some of the most important life lessons to win over actual life battles.


Author's Bio: 

Ikhraaf Qaiser is a blogger and renowned author on many websites. He loves to write about health, lifestyle, and travel.