Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art based on grappling techniques such as takedowns, control, leverage, and submission-holds (joint-locks & chokeholds). It is one of the most popular martial arts due to its efficiency and simplicity. It is widely known that almost anybody can learn Jiu-Jitsu because of this simplicity. It is also one of the few martial arts where size is not a factor. If you would like an efficient martial art to defend yourself, Jiu-Jitsu is definitely a martial art to consider.
Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing, is a martial art that originates from Thailand and is based on striking and clinching techniques. The basic striking techniques are punching, elbowing, kicking, and kneeing; while the clinching techniques are mainly used for kneeing, elbowing, and tripping opponents. Muay Thai is commonly referred to as the art of eight limbs, signaling the use of both hands, both elbows, both knees, and both shins. It is one of the most effective striking arts there is and is highly recommended for “stand-up” fighting.
Boxing is an ancient martial art that was modified and modernized in Britain. Commonly referred to as the sweet science, it involves significantly more than just throwing punches at an opponent. The art of boxing consists of punching, blocking, head movement, and footwork, amongst other things. It is an integral part of “stand-up” fighting and can prove to be very useful in a self-defense situation. Apart from being a very effective martial art, boxing has also proven to produce some of the most popular athletes in the world, i.e., Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and Oscar De La Hoya.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
MMA is a mixture of multiple martial arts with the purpose of reaching an effective way of self-defense for any particular individual. The benefit of MMA is that a practitioner will not be limited to only one style of defense, rather, he will be “well-rounded,” as he will be versed in multiple martial arts; therefore, being more likely to survive an attack by an assailant. The most prominent disciplines in MMA are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Karate. Apart from being very effective in self-defense, it is also one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and the most popular combat sport in the world.