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7 Easiest Forms of Martial Arts to Learn For Self Defense

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If you’ve been really into watching superhero shows or movies lately, you’re probably going to be very interested in the 7 easiest forms of martial arts to learn for self defense.

Spoiler: unagi isn’t on here, so according to this list it’s very hard to be Ross Geller. That being said, the ones on this list are pretty useful. I’ve considered learning self-defense in the past, but I almost feel like curling up into a ball on the ground if someone tried to attack me would be my instinct regardless, so I’m not sure if I’d want to take the time to learn anything. It sounds like it would be really fun, though, and extremely empowering. There’s nothing cooler than watching someone be good at martial arts. I’m not sure if I could be one of them, but maybe after taking a good look at this list I’ll be encouraged.

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Martial arts are summarized systems and traditions of combat practices that can be done for a lot of reasons. The term martial art became associated with fighting arts of eastern Asia, but it was originally referring to the combat systems of Europe as early as the 1550s. The term martial arts is borrowed from Latin and means “Arts of Mars” and “the Roman God of War.” In the past, people have become more and more interested in the martial arts. The biggest enthusiasts are even prepared to travel to the countries of origin. Maybe they watched a lot of Jackie Chan movies. For example, people are traveling to China for Kung Fu and Thailand for Muay Thai to find the most suitable trainers and teachers. That’s some serious dedication.

Training for martial arts benefits in conditioning your body, mind, and soul, but also works well for self-defense. People use it in sports like MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), street fighting, street self-defense, and even special forces must learn them to defend themselves in specific situations. While some people learn martial arts for street fighting or self-defense, many train as a hobby. According to Book Martial Arts, regardless of their origin, code of ethics, or moral foundation, all martial arts are in a repertory of similar techniques and skills. The kinds of techniques and skills are the basics of martial arts. Some of those include striking, kicking, sweeps, punches, slaps, evasion tactics, and more. Others appear within specific sets of styles like takedowns, throws, chokes, among others.

Even though a lot of martial arts techniques are used solely for self-defense situations, a lot of them can be deadly. They can be effective when you find yourself in a serious situation and you can use them to free yourself. If you’re more of a daredevil type, check out our list of the 11 Most Dangerous Sports in the World. However, the goal of this article is to find out how to be safe while defending yourself. In order to create this list, we consulted Systema SpetsnazSelf Defense Exposed and we collected people’s opinions on Quora on which are the most effective martial art forms for self-defense, and which are the easiest to learn. The following techniques on the list of the 7 easiest forms of martial arts to learn for self defense are the ones deemed most effective and most simple. Even though the effectiveness depends on a situation you are into, we considered How They Play, ManTelligence and The Self-Defense Expert‘s reports and we sorted our list on how many times one technique found its place on every list. 

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