tl;dr, Don't be afraid to fight because there are other things you can do to avoid it completely. MMA is alright, but lacks multiple opponents and weapon defense options. If you are willing and legally able to carry weapons for self defense, go find training for that instead.
Marital arts including mma helps...
Best answer: tl;dr, Don't be afraid to fight because there are other things you can do to avoid it completely. MMA is alright, but lacks multiple opponents and weapon defense options. If you are willing and legally able to carry weapons for self defense, go find training for that instead.
Marital arts including mma helps your chances of surviving violent situations. Increasing your chances of survival does not mean guaranteeing completely safe passage. No martial art will guarantee your complete safety even if you are a complete master of the physical skills in your art.
But that's okay, because martial arts should be step three in a confrontation. Martial arts is the "I failed at every single thing to prevent this", damage control step.
The step 1 is awareness. That could mean in the big sense in being aware of the dangers of your nation, state, and town, or very small as in being aware of potentially dangerous people when you enter, leaving if you notice even a chance of trouble, or keeping alert to the potential troubles if you can not remove yourself. If you want know more about this step, I would advise trying the books 'left of bang' and 'meditations on violence'.
Step 2 would be de-escalation. Even if trouble finds you and traps you, you don't necessarily have to turn to violence. You may be able to use social means to reach a compremise if that is the safest route. The usual example being, give the man the wallet because medical bills for stab wounds are a lot more expensive. Don't want to give up the wallet? You should have done a better job of step 1. The 'meditations on violence' and 'verbal judo' is the book I recommend here.
Step 3 is when everything breaks down and things gets physical. If you fight you will get hit. That also means if the other person has a weapon then expect to get hit with the weapon. Because absolutely clean self defense where you do not get touched even once is rare. Good news? People survive knife and pistol wounds as long as they didn't hit something vital and you got help quick. (It also helps if you have a med kit handy to control bleeding)
At this physcial level running is often an option. Even if someone has a knife, if you have the distance between you, then distracting and just bolting away in a sprint might be an option. And it'll end up being safer than trying to fight the attacker. This is if you have a good sprint that can transition into a quick distance running. Because if you can't sprint out of reach and if you can't out pace your attacker, then running is not an option. If you decide to run, then please research proper running techniques. Apparently running is number injury causing sport. Personally I go with the barefoot running techniques, but please do your own research and find out what works for you.
Part B of the step 3 would be to fight and only engage in the fight until you can safely remove yourself from the situation. That might mean just pushing to create distance and run away or it might mean having to win the struggle for your life. And as stated before, if you get into a fight, then do expect to get hit because it will happen.
So you can kind of see there are a lot of pre-steps before you get to the actual fighting, and you can stay safe for the most part by best managing these steps. With that said, I would suggest studying a martial art incase everything does break down and you are left with the last option.
Is MMA good martial art for self defense? I think it's a good fighting art, but it fails to address weapons and multiple attackers. And the thing is a criminal chooses their victim and their timing. They will likely come with overwhelming force in the form of weapons or buddies, so these are essential element in my opinion. But with that said, I would probably start you off in MMA anyway. It's creates a good foundation to build off of, whether you study another empty hand style that works on multiple opponents and disarm, or a weapon style.
If you are looking for something that can help you right away without taking the mma training first, then I suggest you take a look at modern weapons martial arts. Guns and knives training(actual training not just ownership and carry) could give you a lethal response to the criminal issues addressed before. Pair that off with pepper spray(there are training for these as well) as the non-lethal response and you have a good system going for you. To note, pepper spray take a full second or two before the effect starts taking place, and a dedicated person may continue attacking even through the pain of the spray. Use the pepper spray as a handicapping tool to make your empty hand fighting easier, and do not rely on it to be fight ending weapon.
Sorry this turned into a long rant, but this is the exact advise I'd give to a personal friend if they came to me for self defense advise. This is what I believe to be the most effective way, but number of things about it might not agree with you in terms of lifestyle or morality(such as carry of weapons). Take what you can and adapt what you can't to fit your life and what is available to you. Good luck.
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