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Anonymous asked in SportsMartial Arts · 1 decade ago

Best Fight Style To Learn For Me?

Im 6ft 3 (192cms) and am fairly solid, i was wondering what would be the best fighting style suited to me for self defence mainly.

Im going to join up at the local boxing club and do some boxing and maybe kickboxing, but i wouldent mind learning a martial art what would you reccommend best suited for me? keep in mind im not very agile.

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    For your size and weight a there are a few good styles for you, you can find a good style, but you have to find a good teacher as well.

    I might recomment TKD -(JUST KIDDING LOL)

    no really try Go Ju Ryu a very strong Karate style, or Shotokan, Kickboxing and boxing are also good options. Id also consider grappling and some eithe jujitsu or aikido. Learn more than one if you can. Boxing is great for throwing powerful knock out punches and keeping you on your feet. Kickboxing adds the kicks. GO Ju will or Shotokan would add technique and strengthening of muschles you do not get worked out in boxing or KB. And either Jujituse or Aikido to learn locking techinques of the joints for opponents you want to subdue say not harm. Mix it up, but take one at a time if you can. You DONT have to stay till you are a Black Belt but I would recommend it.

    Source(s): Sensei 28 years
  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    simplest answer is there isn't a best fighting style, they all have strengths and weaknesses, find a good instructor and put the time and patience in and you will have a great style, if you have poor teacher the style doesn't matter, but a good teacher can make the style work for you. the other simple answer is that there are very few Masters that could take on more than 2-3 people and that would be no more them quickly making room for an exit. Masters will tell you, blackbelts will tell you, and blue belts will all tell you that it is best not to engage with multiple opponents. carry pepper spray and take up an art with a good instructor that YOU like, it doesn't matter what art your friends do, or what art we tell you to do, pick one that you like and keep at it. there isn't an art that specializes in multiple opponents and if a school says they do then turn and walk away. You might learn skills that would help in a multiple opponent fight, but that is few and far between and probably only if they attack individually and not all at once.. the best advice I have is when confronted and you can't escape behind you- push or hit one into another one (preferable an outside on to and inside one) and run through the gap created. don't expect to go to the ground with them and submit them to win, you leave yourself completely vulnerable AND submissions are only for competitions and class. krav maga is a great self defense system, but again quality instructors are either in Israel or in the military and police forces and rarely teach outside classes. it is devastating, but still doesn't fully focus on the multiple attacker aspect of street defense and it will take you the same amount of time as with any art to master it to where you probably could take 2-3 guys somewhat effectively (remember anything can still happen in a street fight, no matter what training you have). just don't buy into the "just a few classes and your street ready" type mentality that a lot of krav maga practitioners/trainers will have.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    With your height and build, you've already chosen the right ones. You can take advantage of your reach and kickboxing (muay thai?), won't be too hard on your body. If you're not very agile, you'll learn to be from the arts you chose. To be more rounded you may want to get into a grappling art later on. But the choices you've already made are definitely the way to go. Good Luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    What many people fail to realize about Martial Arts is that there isn't a particular "brand" that is a "best fit".

    There IS NOT a Martial Art that works for people with SPECIFIC body characteristics (height, weight, body type, gender, etc.)

    speed, power, agility, balance; these are all atributes that can only be improved upon by training, if you have a good training ethic, then you'll improve them and become a better martial artist, if you have a poor or laxed training ethic, then you won't be a very good martial artist and have learned very little.

    Because the fact is that when people ask "what's a good Martial Art for me to learn?" or “what’s the “best” Martial Art to learn” has 2 major problems:

    1st: these questions just beg for the majority of people here to start blurting out names of disciplines that are probably not even available in your area.

    2nd: Just because they recommend a Martial Art that they may (or worse MAY NOT) have studied and it just happened to become THEIR favorite Martial Art because they’re interested in studying it or it worked for them** doesn't mean that it's going to work for you or that you’ll find it interesting.

    (**this is due to the pride they have in their discipline, which is a good thing; but should be looked at more realistically about what YOU need to get out of the discipline and not what THEY want to tell you about what they've studied)

    First of all, what YOU need to do is research local schools by looking in the phone book or internet search engine to find out if there ARE any Martial Arts schools in your area.

    Second, if you can find at least 3 schools that interest you, watch a few classes at each one and decide which one out of those 3 schools that interested you the most.

    Third, the next thing you should do is find out if they have some trial classes (up to a weeks worth to help you make a decision, hopefully without being hassled to join or sign a contract to join the class), and if you find that you like the school, then enroll in the class.

    You just need to find a Martial Arts School that will provide a safe, "family like" environment for you and that the instructor(s) are going to help you become the best Martial Artist that you can become.

    The discipline you may wind up studying DOESN'T MATTER because there is NO discipline that is better than another, because they ALL have their strengths AND weaknesses

    What matters is that you feel comfortable in the classes (and like the classes) and feel comfortable that the instructor (and the instructor's TEACHING style and not the discipline itself) can properly teach you self defense without the "smoke and mirrors" .

    The instructor should also like to do it more for the teaching aspect rather than the "making money" which it is a business to make money after all; but it should not be the only reason for teaching the discipline.

    The biggest problem you should worry about in finding a school is being aware of schools that're a "McDojo's" or "belt factory" type of school.

    These schools usually do a lot of boasting; particularly about how soon their students make their 1st degree black belts. A prime example of this: having several "young black belts" that're usually 9 or 10 yr old kids, which should be a rare thing to see unless the child started learning the discipline when they were 4 yrs old, or promising that as a student you’ll be making your black belt in about a year’s time (the average should be between 4 to 5 years or better) which often means that they have a high student turnout rate. This is a Red Flag

    They may also try to get you to commit to (by signing) a contract, usually one that's 6 months long or more or try to get you to pay down a large sum of money for that kind of time period. This is a BIG red flag

    And don’t be fooled by these schools telling you about how many tournaments or competitions their students have entered and placed in or won a trophy, which is NOT a necessity in Martial Arts. Tournaments/competitions can be good to test your own skills at point sparring but again, it’s not necessary because they are the LEAST important aspect to concern yourself with in Martial Arts.

    Long story short, these schools will basically "give" you your belt ranks every few months as long as you are paying the outrageous fees per month, and you won't really learn self defense.

    Source(s): 15yr student and assistant instructor of Martial Arts, Tang Soo Do and Hapkido
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  • 1 decade ago

    Agility can change, depending on how much you want it to. I've had people come in saying the same thing, and within six months they've improved to the point that they can do things they never thought possible.

    You might want to stay away from grappling-type arts; if you're looking for self defense, look for something that will teach you how to deal with multiple attackers. Shaolin emphasizes this, as does Chin Woo. Shotokan doesn't emphasize speed as much as it does power, and some find that more suitable.

  • 1 decade ago

    I am a Tae Kwon Do Instructor who believes in showing aspects of other martial arts in my Dojang. I regularly bring in instructors from other styles , HapKi Do , Jui Jitsu , Philipine Stick fighting , to name a few. This is mainly due to the popularity of the MMA , but also because no martial art in it's "pure form" is 100 percent effective. Our black belts need to know Practical self defence in order to be certified , not just WTF sparring.

    First find a respected , certified instructor from any style , check his or her credentials , see if they are open to other ideas or if they are a "MY STYLE IS BEST" instructor , and be the best you can be.

    A fighter will be a fighter no matter what style they choose , if the instuction is good.

  • 1 decade ago

    Although this is a vry individual choice. I would recommend aikido. you will be amazed by its graceful effectiveness and the peace of mind it offers to its students. This art form is suitable to any student regardless of sex , size, or weight and is purely for self defense. It will also teach you to apply the techniques learned into resolving conflicts in all aspects of your daily life in a positive fashion. definetly check it out but dont rely on others opinions you really do need to make up your own mind

  • 1 decade ago

    I recommend visiting several martial arts schools in your home town. See what you enjoy and what you feel will work best for you. If we recommend aikido or kickboxing and you hate it, then that's no good. Best to find a style you like and grow from there.

  • Joe C
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Boxing is wise, and shy away from martial arts that are into face-kicking, ect. I would look into something that involves grappling, in order to be a well-rounded fighter.

    I've seen some kenpo guys that were pretty tough, but a lot of people into karate don't know how to not drop their hands, ect.

    Yes, ignore James, the liberal above.

  • sapboi
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    What interests you...

    Which Culture captivates your imagination, the martial art which originated from this land will be the one you will master.

    Only this art will you dedicate yourself to enough for you to enjoy it and make it part of your life.

    Go Now...

    Your Destiny AWAITS!!!!

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