What martial arts are best for developing confidence in a fight?

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What martial arts helps prepare you mentally before you have to defend yourself? What martial arts instills confidence that you can take whoever tries to attack you (or at least hold your own)? Some martial arts just provide plenty of doubt whether you can handle yourself in a real fight or not. What are the ones that are just the opposite and provide a lot of confidence in your ability to fight if need be (list several)?

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Answer by Oscar C
As far as I am concerned, the Israeli Krav Maga hand to hand combat technique of self-defense is the best of all the martial arts.

Krav Maga (pronounced /ˌkrɑːv məˈɡɑː/; Hebrew: קרב מגע‎, IPA: [ˈkʁav maˈɡa], lit. “contact combat” or “close combat”) is an eclectic hand-to-hand combat system developed in Israel. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, making use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter during a period of anti-Semitic activity in Bratislava in the mid- to late 1930’s. In the late 1940’s, following his emigration to Israel, he began to provide hand-to-hand combat training to what was to become the IDF, developing the techniques that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for both civilian and military applications. Unlike most martial arts, Krav Maga is essentially a tactical defense skill. Its philosophy emphasizes threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggressive endurance in a ‘him-or-me’ context. Krav Maga is still used by the Israel Defense Forces and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement, Mossad, FBI, United States special operations forces, Irish and British Special Forces. There are several organisations teaching variations of Krav Maga internationally.

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18 thoughts on “What martial arts are best for developing confidence in a fight?

  • October 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm
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    this depends on the instructor not the style. this is one of the many reasons why i say to find a good instructor,
    it doesn’t matter what style you take if you have an instructor that doesn’t know what they are doing the style and your training will be useless

    people on here have a tendency to go by what they hear or only choose the style they practice. some have little or no experience.
    there is no best style or best technique. if there was there would be no need to have so many.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm
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    for self defense Krav Maga is second to none. they have a ton of awesome video’s of commando krav maga on youtube.com check it out

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  • October 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm
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    I always liked boxing because of the sparring. Because nothing builds confidence in your ability to take a punch like sparring a few dozen rounds taking punches.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm
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    there is no best style.
    and oscar is wrong the fbi does not use krav maga. they have there own martial arts which is a combination of kung fu, karate, jujutsu and several other styles.
    wikipedia is the worst source you can quote from it is full of inaccuracy’s

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  • October 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm
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    not any one particular style, anything that involves using your body, to get confidence you just have to do it for a long time.

    but remember lol anything that involves your body, unless you wanna be cutting people up into pieces w/ ur katana

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  • October 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm
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    There is no art that will develop your confidence. You have to do that on your own. Also there are very, very few arts that have universal standards for teaching and curriculum so anyone who mentions a generic name like karate, kung fu, Krav Maga, BJJ, etc. really knows very little about martial arts.

    In the end you have to take the responsibility onto yourself. Find a good instructor and do your own research on his school and teaching methods. Practice, practice, and practice some more. If at any point you have enough confidence to think you are invincible in a real fight then get yourself a huge reality check because even Superman can be beat.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm
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    The martial arts community there is an ongoing pissing contest over “the best style”. The truth is the attitude of the individual is much more important than the style. Knowing every move in a style means nothing if you don’t apply them at the right time in the right way.
    Personally I don’t want to be confident I will win a fight or even survive it. I go into every fight thinking I could wind up dead. It’s amazing how that keeps me out of fight. My sensei always said the first rule of self defense is if you don’t want to get hit, get out of the way, and even better than that don’t be there in the first place.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm
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    I agree with everyone saying it is up to the individual to have confidence in themselves, but they also MUST have confidence in their art too. If someone is very confident in their physical capabilities but not in the techniques they are using then their fight confidence will surely suffer. If you just want to know how to fight and stay composed and cerebral I would recommend a mix of Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Muay Thai is a devastating stand up style, and it does not take a long time to develop good street effective fundamentals. Like all martial arts the complex techniques, and understanding of actually fighting takes a lot more time. If you learn bjj as well, you will have the confidence to handle yourself on the ground if the fight ends up there.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm
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    Confidence comes from when you feel secure in your mind; it is not something that is always given when you learn how to properly throw a punch.

    You will gain confidence in fighting if you are convinced that in your mind that you can win. Granted that learning a martial art can give you confidence, however primarily it is something that needs to be reinforced by either yourself or a coach.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm
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    Any martial art can do this.

    Between all the practice that you do, all the forms, perfect technique that you learn, it all goes out the window when you get into a real fight. The question is not which martial art develops this the best, but how do you develop this confidence.

    And the only real thing to say is sparring practice. Get pads, go hard contact. Lose pads, go light contact. The more experience you get in a mock fight, the better you will be in a real fight. Especially if you allow your opponent to throw whatever he/she has in mind at you.

    Best experience is combat experience. This is true for any form of fighting.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm
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    Oh, I liked the first answer about Krav Maga seem other did not. I do Karate and it gives me plenty of confidence, suppose any martial art would if ‘here is the key’ if it is practised long enough, hope that helps

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  • October 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm
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    All martial arts will teach you to defend yourself but i also involves your mentality.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm
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    Krav Maga without a doubt. Dont ever take anything that has to do with ground work. you want to be on your feet the whole time if you get attacked in an ally by five guys.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm
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    I do jiu-jitsu…..it is a good ground technique…..it makes me very confident in knowing i can defend myself…..but i also work some stand up so i won;t get killed! lllooll

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  • October 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm
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    My experience is in the following and i feel they are as such:
    Japanese Jujutsu: instills a lot of confidence (rightly so) and mentally prepares you for the decisions you will need to make and the dangers you will be facing. Generally teachers of this art try to be down-to-earth and serious about fighting due to where it came from (samurai learning to fight without a weapon against people who had armor and weapons).

    Bujinkan Ninjutsu: Lots of confidence but you really have to consciously look for ways to disable opponents without maiming them. It tends to be taught with a pattern of break this bone, then this one, then kill them. Or kill them, kill them again, and kill them again. You have to decide if this is something you would want. (American dojos of the Bujinkan can also be somewhat… dramatic)

    Aikido: Less capable and less confidence. But you don’t have to worry about hurting anyone. I was never taught any way to actually injure a person… but that does mean that you’re more open to injury yourself.

    Tae kwon do: not much experience. Good striking (especially kicking) wouldn’t recommend it as a stand-alone art.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm
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    I put a pretty heavy emphasis on using the Martial Arts that have proven effective in the UFC. In my opinion, all martial arts have a place in the world, but because I fight professionally, I feel I need to be versed in the hand-to-hand combat that has proven most effective amongst professionals.

    These are most typically:
    Brazilian jiu-jitsu: The art of submitting your opponent through chokes and joint locks
    Muay Thai: “The art of eight points”, de facto striking technique of the UFC, utilizes striking with fists, feet, knees and elbows, while also utilizing clinch work
    Wrestling/Judo: The art of controlling your opponent through superior positioning

    There is a reason these disciplines have proven most effective at the professional MMA level. Other martial arts are okay to try, but I would stick to the martial arts that the professionals use.

    Most cities have MMA gyms that train pro fighters, if you’re ever in Salt Lake City, UT, I’d check out Factum CrossFit and MMA.

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