Top 5 Martial Arts for Self Defense

Martial arts have grown more and more over the years. It’s not only a great way to get fit but it also adds a more of a personal growth element to the practitioner. This list looks at five of the best martial arts for self defense.

5. Kick-boxing (muay thai)

Muay Thai, which roughly translates to “art of the eight limbs”.

Muay thai is from Thailand and is a martial art that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.

The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya and Thai comes from the word Tai. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” because of the use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”.

A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang meaning foreign boxer.

4. Wing Chung

Wing Chun also romanized as Ving Tsun or “Wing Tsun” is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense utilizing both striking and grappling while specializing in close-range combat.

Wing Chun was made famous by Yip Man. He taught such legends as “Bruce Lee”.

Wing Chun is a perfect art for people who aren’t looking to use brute force. The system relies on biomechanics, not brute force and is recommended for women to learn.

3. Jeet Kune Do

Jeet Kune Do is a hybrid martial arts system which is a mix of Wing Chun, Boxing, and Fencing, founded and developed by the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee.

JKD teaches that the best defense is a strong offense. For a person to attack another the attacker must approach the target. This provides an opportunity for the attacked person to “intercept” the attacking movement.

Bruce didn’t believe in methods but in styles. He believed that one should use what one found useful in any martial arts and make his own style. Anything that was not found useful should be discarded.

2. Keysi fighting

Keysi Fighting Method is a method of self defense that is based on natural fighting instincts and several street fighting techniques, developed by Justo Diéguez Serrano with the help of Andy Norman.

The Keysi Fighting Method became famous after it was used in the fighting choreography of the movies Batman Begins.

Keysi fighting makes uses of multiple attacking ranges, with or without weapons.

Unlike many other martial arts, Keysi tends to get into extreme close quarters when in combat. It also relies on understanding how people typically move or attack in a fight so that when striking, the opponent’s body moves to expose further targets.

The Keysi Method teaches one to being able to defend themselves against any number of attackers!

1. Krav Maga

Krav Maga meaning “contact combat” is an eclectic hand-to-hand combat system developed in Israel that involves striking techniques, wrestling and grappling, mostly known for its extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks, and used regularly with special forces in Israel.

Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression.

It’s said that Krav Maga is the most effective martial arts for self defense and threat neutralization purposes.

It incorporates Western boxing punches, Karate kicks and knees, Greco-Roman wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu ground fighting, Jiu-jitsu throws and grappling.

Also stressed are attacks to vulnerable body parts: the eyes, throat, and groin. Since most situations are a matter of life-or-death.

One can learn Krav Maga in only 3 to 6 months which is highly appealing to many interested in learning Self Defense.

A Comparison Between Renaissance and Classical Art

There are many similarities between Classical Art and Renaissance Art. The paintings look very real and most are based around Biblical stories and events with Angels interacting with humans.

Renaissance Art originally started in Italy around the 1400’s, but can be found in all parts of Europe including Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and France. Renaissance Art focuses on ancient traditions and religious subjects. Not only is it a form of art in paintings, sculptures and sketches, but many other architectural forms are still in existence today.

Art Universities teach extensive classes on Renaissance and Classical Art because it is an art that has never died. It has been around for centuries, and is still used in many applications today. A good Renaissance painting will grab your attention, and hold it for a very long time, because of its beauty, natural colors and elements, and the story it tells.

Leonardo Di Vinci, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello and Michelangelo were some of the most famous artists from this time. Several of their creations are still viewable across Europe. The Baptist and Catholic churches and Cathedrals display many startling a beautiful works like the Alter Piece of the Mystical Lamb, the ceiling painted in the Sistine Chapel and the Assumption of the Virgin. Many of the pulpits in these churches are painted or carved in the Renaissance fashion.

Leonardo Di Vinci became famous for his Renaissance pieces of the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. Lower country artists include Jan Van Eyck, Hubert Van Eyck, Robert Campin, Hans Memling, and Hugo van der Goes. While these artists did not work toward reviving antiquity in their paintings, mainly staying with the Medieval style, they were beautiful and comparable to the famous artists as well.

If you are attending an art university, you will have a chance to learn all the history behind these works. You will also learn the techniques and methods that several of the famous artists and some of the smaller one used. Some art universities even offer trips to Europe to tour the areas where these artists lived and worked, and even view some of their creations that are still in existence.

Different Types of Body Art

These are the different types of body art:

Jewelry is the most common type. This is a temporary type which almost everybody wears (sometimes) like a ring or necklace.

Tattoos are a type of body art which is permanent. Tattoos are created by colored materials inserted beneath the skins surface. The most common reasons to get tattooed are:

  • Wanting to show your individuality and uniqueness
  • Belonging to a group that has tattoos
  • Pleasing your partner
  • Identifying with a (known for tattoos) subculture

Piercings are a temporary type (which may leave a scar when removed). Body piercing is the creation of an opening in the human body in which jewelry can be worn and the word piercing refers to this opening. The most common piercing is an earring, but you can get a piercing in almost everybody part of your body.

Nail art is another temporary type which is applied on your nails. It is really nice and affordable. It exists of (colourful) decorations on your (natural or fake) nails. It can be anything from stones and sparkles to tiny feathers.

Body paint is also a temporary type. It is painted on to the skin, and only lasts for several hours.

Nowadays body painting is becoming very popular in the use of TV an film projects, advertising, media, sporting, modeling events, runway, and much more.

Airbrush is a temporary type as well. Ink is sprayed on to the skin by an artist (sometimes through a stencil). The resulting design usually mirrors the look of a real tattoo, without any pain. If you use the best inks, the tattoo can last up to at least two weeks.

Henna is another temporary type. Henna the paste of a flowering plant which is used for body (and fingernails) paint and hair dye, especially in various festivals and celebrations. The paste is left on the skin for a few hours to overnight and the stain lasts a few days to a month. How long it will last depends on how long it is allowed to stay on the skin, the quality and the individual skin type.

Tooth Art is also a type of body art. The are different types of tooth art, some are permanent, some are temporary:

  • you can replace your tooth (or teeth) with (a) gold one(s)
  • you can get a (removable) cap for one tooth
  • you can get a (removable) grill for all of you (upper)teeth
  • you can get a diamond into one tooth (or in more teeth)

Scalpelling is a type of body art, which procedure is similar to piercing and it is also for the creation of decorative perforations through the skin and other body tissue. It is most commonly used as a replacement for or enhancement of ear piercings.

Implants are a temporary type (which may leave a scar when removed). Implants are devices placed under the skin for decorative purposes. You can get them in different shapes through an incision.

Branding is a permanent type of body art in which a mark (usually a symbol or pattern), is burned into the skin,

with the intention of creating a scar. This is performed using a hot or very cold branding iron.

Another permanent type is Scarification. This involves etching, scratching, or some sort of superficial incision or cutting as a permanent body modification, etching pictures, words or designs into the skin. During this process, scars are formed by cutting the skin.

Shin-Toshi – Best Kept Martial Arts Secret

Mickey N. Fisher founded Shin-toshi more than 25 years ago, in 1963. This precedes Bruce Lee’s development of Jeet Kun Do by six months. Mr. Fisher began his training in karate with the Korean Art of Tae Kwon Do. He received his first degree black belt from Jhoon Rhee. Mr. Rhee awarded Mr. Fisher his black belt despite the fact that his immediate instructor objected because he personally witnessed Mr. Fisher’s skill.

Mr. Fisher was America’s first teenage black belt. He first attained a first-degree black belt from Jhoon Rhee in 1962. Mr. Fisher continued his training in martial-arts with advanced degrees in Moo Duk Kwon, Kenpo and some other styles. Mr. Fisher’s highest degree, a 9th Degree Black Belt, is in Shin-toshi Karate and Chung Do Kwan Take Kwon Do.

Mike Burke who was and is a student of Mr. Fisher’s owns and operates the Utah Karate Institute in Northern Utah and is the second highest ranking martial artist in Shin-Toshi. He has attained the rank of 7th degree black belt. Mr. Burke has been teaching Karate for more than 20 years and oversees the International Shin-toshi federation with Mr. Fisher.

Shin-toshi karate takes the best of Tai Kwan-Do and Judo and combines them to create a very effective and very beautiful Martial Art. With Shin-toshi you learn very strong kicks similar to the Japanese and Chinese styles. This includes a strong front thrust kick as well as a powerful back kick, the most powerful kick in all of the Martial Arts. Other kicks learned in Shin-toshi are the front snap, spin, turn, side, jump front, jump spin, and the crescent kick.

There are many punches in Shin-toshi include the snapping fist, the palm heal strike, the Vertical punch, the front and rear elbow strike, the inside and outside hammer fist, the inside and outside chop. Special techniques and movements are applied to these punches to make them very effective when one has to defend themself.

Shin-toshi utilizes many blocks. A few of these blocks are the inward, outward, upward, downward, and shunt blocks. Since Shin-toshi is a defensive form of Karate, these blocks are important in responding to an attacker. Each of the blocks in Shin-toshi give you the opportunity to take the advantage over your opponent.

A big emphasis is given to folds and then striking and then folding back again which each kick and punch. This emphasis gives each strike its power.

The ranks in Shin-toshi go in the following order: white, yellow stripe, yellow, gold, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, and then the black belt.

The length of time to learn Shin-toshi averages, but is typically between 3-5 years. Learning Shin-toshi takes a lot of practice and is really for students who are dedicated to learning Shin-toshi. It has been proven that learning a Martial Art such as Shin-toshi increases self-esteem. For children who have an aggressive nature it has been shown to help them bring this aggression under control and helps them know when and when not to be aggressive.