Top 10 Self Defense Martial Arts Styles

  • Published: 04 February 2016
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Comments • 12 341

  • George C
    George C  3 hours back

    To be completely honest, the majority of all martial arts aren’t effective - maybe when they were created, but not now. That’s why the best ‘self-defence’ is going to be MMA or that genre because it takes all of the relevant bits.. also to say one martial art is better than another is frankly naive, to say one is a more effective sure thing, but to call one rubbish just shows your arrogance. All martial art have their benefits and you have to respect what they are trying to do.
    Look I'm no martial art expert but I am realistic and I'm not like 70% of the commenters who believe they are martial art gurus after watching some YT videos. Some people need to learn to be more respectful, not only will this help them in life, it will bloody well help them to not get into fights in the first place.

    • Richard Wilson
      Richard Wilson  10 hours back

      My style is gunjutsu

      • Zero Budget Productions
        Zero Budget Productions  12 hours back

        Your list is invalid it does not include Ameridotae

        • Zero Budget Productions
          Zero Budget Productions  12 hours back

          Too 10 martial arts styles presented to you by non martial artists

          • Kartik Kotian
            Kartik Kotian  1 days back

            My favorite wing chun and shaolin kung fu 😍😘

            • Kartik Kotian
              Kartik Kotian  1 days back

              Where is shaolin kung fu ?

              • Nappy-headed Gaming
                Nappy-headed Gaming  2 days back

                Sooooo we're not talk about the fact that Bruce Kick the actual FUCK out of the guy, I forgot what that movie was called

                • RevampedHippo55
                  RevampedHippo55  4 days back

                  Krav Maga is the best if you want effective and efficient attacks.

                  • Elyse Moon
                    Elyse Moon  5 days back

                    3:41 that was a completely pointless movement of which I could have snuck in a few jabs before the cane ever hit me

                    • Abdelhak Saouli
                      Abdelhak Saouli  6 days back

                      2:41 wtf u mean gentel way the dude almost broke his neck

                      • NOEL RODRIGUEZ
                        NOEL RODRIGUEZ  6 days back

                        Lol. Bjj.

                        • Linus Wesson
                          Linus Wesson  6 days back

                          Number 3, Muay Thai
                          *shows no actual muay thai*

                          • alan runner
                            alan runner  7 days back

                            Just checking the comments to see what the experts gona say

                            • Dusty Shirlz
                              Dusty Shirlz  1 weeks back

                              Gracie school. That's my dawg right there.

                              • Ksawarrior
                                Ksawarrior  1 weeks back

                                Bourne identity: a movie where everyone made a big point that kali/escrima was the main style used. And its footage is used for Krav Maga.

                                • Shubham
                                  Shubham  1 weeks back

                                  No Where is Kung Fu ? No 1 Is Kung Fu 😎

                                  • Joe
                                    Joe  1 weeks back

                                    >spends over 2000$ learning martial arts
                                    >dies to a 350$ pistol

                                    • Wilfredo 215
                                      Wilfredo 215  2 weeks back

                                      Taekwondo did not make the list but Aikido did lol

                                      • Isaac Yeon
                                        Isaac Yeon  2 weeks back

                                        Akido over Hapkido? Gtfo

                                        • Mr. Pickles1234
                                          Mr. Pickles1234  2 weeks back

                                          Jeet kune do should have been at least 3rd

                                          • Debbie Downer
                                            Debbie Downer  2 weeks back

                                            Why isn’t boxing in this list?

                                            • VIKAS KUMAR SINGH
                                              VIKAS KUMAR SINGH  2 weeks back

                                              The best is not mentioned its gun 🔫

                                              • RANDY TKD BOHOL
                                                RANDY TKD BOHOL  3 weeks back


                                                • Madhi Maran
                                                  Madhi Maran  3 weeks back

                                                  My top ten pick.,

                                                  1. No panic
                                                  2. Face fear
                                                  3. Stay focus
                                                  4. Open ears
                                                  5. Empty mind
                                                  6. Balance
                                                  7. Never show your back
                                                  8. Solid defense
                                                  9. Iron fist/shin
                                                  10. Go for K.O

                                                  • dumb student
                                                    dumb student  3 weeks back

                                                    Nothing is effective as boxing and muay Thai 🥊

                                                    • ILike Wings of fire
                                                      ILike Wings of fire  3 weeks back

                                                      There is no “Effective Style”

                                                      It’s the person.

                                                      Also capoeira is the best so SHUT!

                                                    • Christoph
                                                      Christoph  3 weeks back

                                                      "judo" is good is despetation, i am better than i thought... strike then grapple. simple. styles it would seem are things used in very limited situations; martial artist vs. martial artist. i like the ideal of non-agression, but if you are being attacked holding back could get you killed or maimed. edit: "in"

                                                      • Tou Xiong
                                                        Tou Xiong  4 weeks back

                                                        Lol I'm not a kungfu practitioner, but I've seen many people perform them. I've got to say some of these people in this video needs more discipline of the body.

                                                        • Mohamed Akram
                                                          Mohamed Akram  4 weeks back

                                                          No 1 is Bruce lee

                                                          • MaLuigiLuMaio
                                                            MaLuigiLuMaio  4 weeks back


                                                            • kriss leopold
                                                              kriss leopold  4 weeks back

                                                              If you are not faster than your opponent its better to run quickly. Even if is smaller or weaker - speed is all maybe technics is at almost the same level.However if someone is as fast as Bruce lee and dont have technics - still can win.

                                                              • ChickenBurgerWizard
                                                                ChickenBurgerWizard  4 weeks back

                                                                I was all for this list. Then you said Aikido. Aikido is BJJ's playful younger cousin

                                                                • Edwin
                                                                  Edwin  4 weeks back

                                                                  Bs list. Some here are good picks but some are just bullshido...bjj, judo, krav maga are legit. Muay Thai is awesome but Lethwei adds headbutts. I can't believe wrestling/pankration wasn't on this list

                                                                  • HOMEBOY
                                                                    HOMEBOY  4 weeks back

                                                                    my material art style called fap

                                                                    • Daniel Newhouse
                                                                      Daniel Newhouse  4 weeks back

                                                                      To practice a martial art, you need a blessing from a Chinese angel. Preferably invited to your birthday party. There were 2 Chinese girls in my class in Ohio. My mother decided one of them was my favorite because Julie Warner said she hated me. Whenever I tried to name the other one, my mother would whap me on the skull. So I eventually invited the wrong one to my birthday party. This is what turned the Chinese government against the United States and demographically speaking, immediately led to the dying off of white America. Also, one point of being blessed by a Chinese angel is to fall no further than Yen-lo-wang.

                                                                      • Speedy
                                                                        Speedy  1 months back

                                                                        hell ya my fav martial art i've done for years is number two

                                                                        • Pananalig 64
                                                                          Pananalig 64  1 months back

                                                                          For me wing chun is no. 1

                                                                          • Kuhan Jayarajkumaran
                                                                            Kuhan Jayarajkumaran  1 months back

                                                                            So sad.
                                                                            No one knows about indian martial art called Silambam or Porr kalai

                                                                            • Dr Jay
                                                                              Dr Jay  1 months back

                                                                              NIGERUNDAYO SMOKEY

                                                                              • hahahahhah hahahahahah
                                                                                hahahahhah hahahahahah  1 months back

                                                                                Pussy shit 11:56

                                                                                • Unknown Games
                                                                                  Unknown Games  1 months back

                                                                                  The BEST way of self-defence is combining these martial arts to be more versatile and unpredictable

                                                                                  • Eren Beyazyüz
                                                                                    Eren Beyazyüz  1 months back

                                                                                    BRUCE LEE

                                                                                    • nabil chowdhury
                                                                                      nabil chowdhury  1 months back

                                                                                      Krav Maga and Systema should’ve been #1 and #2, or the other way around with Muay Thai being #3. I mean these two are literally meant for self defense and is about just mauling your opponent(s). Muay Thai is also excellent for self defense but won’t go as far cuz it’s also a sport. A lot of the other ones you all mentioned are mystical bullshit

                                                                                    • Haziq Zainodin
                                                                                      Haziq Zainodin  1 months back

                                                                                      Let's not forget that Bruce Lee lost to Silat

                                                                                      • Mike Mizzy
                                                                                        Mike Mizzy  1 months back

                                                                                        Pencak silat and muaythai♥♥🔥

                                                                                        • RAM City
                                                                                          RAM City  1 months back

                                                                                          Running 🏃 it’s better i try it all the time.

                                                                                          • RAM City
                                                                                            RAM City  1 months back

                                                                                            I agree with the list 👍

                                                                                            • Christian Bui
                                                                                              Christian Bui  2 months back

                                                                                              i like taido