Are you afraid to walk down the street alone? Would you like to know how to defend yourself if you need to? We’ve developed a really cool list of the best martial arts for self-defense.

Martial arts are physical and mental practices, derived from war techniques, with the aim of developing their practitioners so that they can defend themselves by attacking. Very interesting, isn’t it?

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What is it about these martial arts that makes people so intrigued? Shall we check the list to find out more about it? Let’s go!

MUAY THAI

Muay Thai has Thai origins and consists of perfecting punches, kicks, shins, knees and elbows. In addition to the self-defense part, muay thai helps to tone and develop the muscles of the whole body, and also increases the strength and flexibility of the practitioner of the sport. As it is a sport that demands a lot from the body, it provides weight loss, due to the practice of running, push-ups and sit-ups. Pretty intense, huh?

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MMA

The acronym stands for Mixed Martial Arts, because in this fight it is allowed to use feet, knees, elbows and fists, that is, a little bit of everything, which is its main characteristic. Basically, MMA is a fighting modality in which players do not necessarily have to follow a specific fighting style.

KICKBOXING

Kickboxing is a type of fight that mixes techniques from some martial arts with boxing, that is, it works all muscle groups in the body. This activity provides fat loss, defines muscles and improves endurance and physical strength.

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KRAV MAGA

Created by the Israeli armed forces, krav maga consists of using your own body to defend yourself in any situation of danger. Basically, it involves fighting techniques, twists, defense against weapons, sticks, knives and strikes. Thus, krav maga is considered the most lethal martial art ever developed.


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TAEKWONDO

Taekwondo is a Korean originated sport, which is part of the Olimpics and mostly uses the legs in the practice of the sport, which focuses on the application of punches and kicks above the waist and head of the opposing athlete.

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JIU JITSU

It is a Japanese martial art that uses leverage, thrusts, and twists to knock the opponent down. This fight, in addition to strengthening all the muscles of the body, also helps in the slimming process, as the caloric expenditure is very high.

So… After all these great tips, it is much easier for you to choose which of these sports listed above you want to practice, isn’t it? Do you know what is the best martial arts for self-defense in your case? Take the test: take a class in each modality and discover your new favorite sport! It is very difficult for you not to identify with any of these types of struggle.