Question by : What martial arts are best for developing confidence in a fight?
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)?
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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