• Will doing mma make me less vulnerable?

    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... show more
    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.
    10 answers · 3 days ago
  • Is learning martial arts a good thing?

    Best answer: It is if your a rapist
    Best answer: It is if your a rapist
    17 answers · 5 days ago
  • Do girls like MMA fighters?

    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • Is Kung Fu really an effective self defense system in a street fight?

    Don't you think you'd benefit more from boxing? I say this out of ignorance by just looking at the quality of the fighters you see in a boxing gym and how they train vs a Kung Fu studio and how they train. I have no experience in either of these things.
    Don't you think you'd benefit more from boxing? I say this out of ignorance by just looking at the quality of the fighters you see in a boxing gym and how they train vs a Kung Fu studio and how they train. I have no experience in either of these things.
    11 answers · 6 days ago
  • Why are my hips so tight!?

    I hate the fact That I stretch out 30-40 minutes a day and my hips are still super tight I do boxing and martial arts it’s frustrating my kicks aren’t up to par with my punches how do I fix this problem fast !?
    I hate the fact That I stretch out 30-40 minutes a day and my hips are still super tight I do boxing and martial arts it’s frustrating my kicks aren’t up to par with my punches how do I fix this problem fast !?
    5 answers · 2 days ago
  • Skinny guy fighting?

    I'm 6'1 125 lbs. Which mma fight style would be suitable for me, as I want to learn to defend myself. Am I too scrawny to be training in fighting styles. Would I have to gain weight to win a fight?. I'm 20 years old.
    I'm 6'1 125 lbs. Which mma fight style would be suitable for me, as I want to learn to defend myself. Am I too scrawny to be training in fighting styles. Would I have to gain weight to win a fight?. I'm 20 years old.
    4 answers · 17 hours ago
  • Are you supposed to actually be hit in taekwondo?

    So I was in a taekwondo class a few times and the teacher guy seemed a little... not quite right. Anyways long story short I went like 4 time and on the last time we were practicing blocks or something and he was having the other person actually kick me. He hadn't done that till the last time though. Are you... show more
    So I was in a taekwondo class a few times and the teacher guy seemed a little... not quite right. Anyways long story short I went like 4 time and on the last time we were practicing blocks or something and he was having the other person actually kick me. He hadn't done that till the last time though. Are you supposed to actually hit the person and I didn't know what I was getting into or was this guy a bit nuts? I mean he was nuts either way, he was just very off.
    5 answers · 3 days ago
  • Best Martial Arts style for small person?

    Best answer: So each martial art will have an answer for different body types within itself. So even if you have two people practicing the same art you may see something completely different from the two of them just based on their body type, mental preferences, and situation. So any martial art will be able to work with your... show more
    Best answer: So each martial art will have an answer for different body types within itself. So even if you have two people practicing the same art you may see something completely different from the two of them just based on their body type, mental preferences, and situation. So any martial art will be able to work with your body size and weight.

    And now I'm going to be so very real with you with this, and I'm sorry for it. Being smaller does have its advantages, but this is not one. Martial art will be able to help you fight better, but if you have someone bigger that trained just as hard as you, then they will have the advantage. If you want to beat someone bigger, you can win, but you'll have to work harder than everyone else to get there.

    With empty hand the gap between sizes are pretty big, and you'll need to be pretty skilled to make up the differences. With weapons the gap starts to get smaller. So with empty hand fighting power generation is a big deal and having smaller mass limits the power you can generate(debatable but that's what I believe), but with a knife, the weapon itself takes the power generation out of the equation because just touching the person will cause damage. So that removes that disadvantage, but the reach and grappling element means that it's not completely removed.

    Advanace the weapon technology to a gun and now the bullet is generating it's own power, the reach disadvange is gone(since the bullet determines the distance not your body), and (since you are no longer working in reach distance) grappling and the strength disadvange is no longer an issue. However, now you are in disadvantage on recoil management which aids in accuracy because more mass you have easier it is to control recoil.

    Say hello to a tank. Power generation, reach, strength, and recoil is all managed by the weapon. And everything is pretty much even as long as you can reach the control of the tank. Obviously, I'm just mentioning the tank to prove a point. You will have a disadvantage as the smaller person, but working with technology can help minimize that disadvantage so that you are working on more even ground. Higher the tech ladder you go, more even the ground.

    With that said, the thing is most likely people around you are not trained, and even with size disadvantage having mastered a martial art should help you bridge that gap and win.

    All of this to answer your question, what style do I practice? I would like to suggest weapons style like take some firearms training if you are able to legally own and carry.
    If you would prefer empty hand training, then I'm going to suggest checking out what's in your area. The problem is I can suggest Krav maga(which I would) or something and if they are not in your area or the instructor in your area is horrible then it's not the correct answer for you. So I would google map what in your area, and ACTUALLY go see the classes yourself(don't yelp). Most schools will allow you to watch a class and many will offer you to even try a class. Most likely if you go through a few of these with the school that fits your budget and schedule you'll have a good idea as to what you need, but if you get stuck you can always share your experience and we can try to weigh in on what we think might be the best place for you.
    4 answers · 2 days ago
  • Is it ok if I think JKD is a better fit than Wing Chun?

    So I began Wing Chun in January 2016 and stuck with it for about a year. The school I was at was a very nice and wholesome place to learn, my fellow students were some of the nicest students I've ever met, although I did have a few personal issues with the curriculum and the school itself, I learned all three... show more
    So I began Wing Chun in January 2016 and stuck with it for about a year. The school I was at was a very nice and wholesome place to learn, my fellow students were some of the nicest students I've ever met, although I did have a few personal issues with the curriculum and the school itself, I learned all three parts of the first form(siu nim Tao) in about a few months along with pak sao, lop sao and a few other empty drills, it was fun learning new drills concepts but I hated how it takes three months to get to how to put these drills in application and learn anything else new. I also had an issue with some of the older students, one student I got into a verbal altercation with because they found out I was doing other martial arts as well and another student who told that if I choose to support the upcoming "Birth of the Dragon" movie I might as well go train some where else since our Sifu and si-hing told all of us not to support the movie since they felt it was slanderous and racist. Soon after other disagreements I left the school and took up JKD, I noticed I enjoy it much more than Wing Chun since it almost the same except without the forms, tradition and complicated unnecessary movements. Thanks to some of my previous Wing Chun training have flourished in JKD and really enjoy it and my fellow students are nice and do not give me a hard time about anything.
    5 answers · 3 days ago
  • Was I wrong to defend myself this way?

    My roommate attacked me at 11 in the morning off something stupid. We both had each other's hair and our faces were pressed together and we were standing. After first I was punching then I heard her chomping in my ear. I thought she was trying to bite me so I bit her cheek to keep her from biting me. A witness... show more
    My roommate attacked me at 11 in the morning off something stupid. We both had each other's hair and our faces were pressed together and we were standing. After first I was punching then I heard her chomping in my ear. I thought she was trying to bite me so I bit her cheek to keep her from biting me. A witness said he saw HER try to bite me. I usually don't bite in fights (I bit when I was very young I'm old now). It was just bruising and no blood because the intention was to keep her from biting me so it was quick. I didn't usually bite when I fight. I feel like an animal. I was pissed when I did it. I was pissed that she tried to bite me. How do I forgive myself? Was I wrong or right in the name of self defense?
    7 answers · 5 days ago
  • Karate sensai challenged my friend?

    I attend a boxing gym regularly. I'm a heavyweight, but I went to my friend's MMA gym to observe the punching abilities of his students. However, there is a neighboring dojo next to his called "Karate." The sensai of that dojo and his black belt students walked into my friend's gym and the... show more
    I attend a boxing gym regularly. I'm a heavyweight, but I went to my friend's MMA gym to observe the punching abilities of his students. However, there is a neighboring dojo next to his called "Karate." The sensai of that dojo and his black belt students walked into my friend's gym and the sensai in his white uniform declared that any of his black belt kids could beat any of my friend's MMA students. He also proposed that his style is superior to MMA and that they are nothing, but "thugs." Honestly, what was his motivation for doing this?
    8 answers · 6 days ago
  • Judo or karate or Jujitsu?

    12 answers · 1 week ago
  • Why are women so bad at fighting?

    When men fight it's an actual fight where they're throwing punches and actually doing damage but with women all they do is slap and pull hair. They don't even hit half the time. Every time I've been in a fight with a female they just flail their arms around and pull my hair and all I have to do is... show more
    When men fight it's an actual fight where they're throwing punches and actually doing damage but with women all they do is slap and pull hair. They don't even hit half the time. Every time I've been in a fight with a female they just flail their arms around and pull my hair and all I have to do is punch them in the face or chest once and they run off crying
    4 answers · 3 days ago
  • Can I learn martial arts online?Become a human weapon?

    Best answer: You can but you won't be a weapon if any kind maybe except for comedy
    Best answer: You can but you won't be a weapon if any kind maybe except for comedy
    5 answers · 5 days ago
  • Does MMA build muscles ?

    Cause on mma grappling class, we lift each other and lift other heavy objects like a wheel. On muay thai classes we move shoulders and legs with a speed On conditioning classes we do 100 pushups, squats, situps. I was just wondering how people say mma can't build muscle when u do these types of workouts ?
    Cause on mma grappling class, we lift each other and lift other heavy objects like a wheel. On muay thai classes we move shoulders and legs with a speed On conditioning classes we do 100 pushups, squats, situps. I was just wondering how people say mma can't build muscle when u do these types of workouts ?
    7 answers · 1 week ago
  • Is working for GO-KAN-RYU any good?

    Hi all, I am a female 18 years old I'm finishing high school on Nov 17 and I will have no job, no money and no further study until August next year. I am planning to study a degree in Physiotherapy or Exercise and Sport Science or something in fitness. a friend of mine recommended GO-KAN-RYU if I want to make... show more
    Hi all, I am a female 18 years old I'm finishing high school on Nov 17 and I will have no job, no money and no further study until August next year. I am planning to study a degree in Physiotherapy or Exercise and Sport Science or something in fitness. a friend of mine recommended GO-KAN-RYU if I want to make some extra money on the side while I study. also, my friend told me I don't have to take any karate class's nor be a black belt to work for them. I just have to promote the club by door knocking and social media advertising. I am not very interested in becoming a martial art instructor or learning karate I just want to make some money while I study I just wanna know, has anyone become very successful doing this?
    4 answers · 5 days ago
  • How would Johnny Lawrence fare in a real-life MMA match?

    Best answer: A guy who had success at point-fighting in the mid-80's, if he didn't train anything else, would get completely anhilliated, especially considering he'd be in his 40's at this point.
    Best answer: A guy who had success at point-fighting in the mid-80's, if he didn't train anything else, would get completely anhilliated, especially considering he'd be in his 40's at this point.
    4 answers · 5 days ago