Movies and mass-media did some real nifty job of dignifying and glorifying the following martial-arts disciplines. Add it up with the cool and tough personalities that some celebrity practitioners project to the audiences, these combat methods became the interest of many aspirants. But which among these is the best fighting system? Which do you think is the best martial-arts style?
It is interpreted in English as “the way of unifying with life energy” or as “the way of harmonious spirit.” Its main concept is for the practitioners to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. Mainly focusing on deflecting and throwing an opponent off-balance, it doesn’t rely on one’s own physical prowess, but on that of the enemy’s. Due to this principle, it is often referred as “the gentleman’s fighting style.”
Known as a fighting system that has more emphasis on physical fitness than of the art of fighting itself, Wing Chun is one of the most highly practiced and adapted fighting styles ever. One famous style that sprouted from it is Jeet Kune Do, developed by Hollywood martial-arts superstar Bruce Lee. Originally crafted as a form of close-range combat, it has evolved into other forms since and can be evidently seen in almost every modern martial-arts style that we can witness today.
Most martial-arts forms are also played in tournaments for many audiences to see. But Krav Maga is never intended as such, because it is a brutal system that is meant to subdue an opponent quickly… and kill him whenever necessary. Created as the primary hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Force, it is considered as the ultimate skill you should learn, if you plan to be real good in antagonizing street brawlers and thugs in your neighborhood.
With a fighting system that focuses not only on hand-to-hand combat but in the usage of sticks and knives as well, Eskrima is a highly effective martial-arts style that can be learned by almost every person of all ages. Believed to be used and developed during Spain’s colonizations of the Philippines, the method is ideal for anyone who wishes to be a good swordsman. Today, it is regarded as one of the most effective close-quarter fighting styles and is widely used in training drills by Hollywood fight choreographers.
Relying heavily on speedy kicks and spinning attacks, it is perhaps the most popular tournament martial-arts. Included in its philosophy are courtesy, perseverance and self-control. This means that you can never be good at the game if you don’t have good attitude. With its emphasis on agility and fluidity, a typical practitioner doesn’t need to be really strong and tough. All he needs is just accuracy and alertness, which are practically enough to go for the win.
Combining elements of dance, acrobatics and music, it is undoubtedly one of the most amusing martial-arts spectacles to behold. It is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly speed and leverage so that a wide variety of kicks, spins, and dance-like techniques can be executed. It may have been the reason why pop-star Lady Gaga joined the craze and became an avid practitioner. On 2014, UNESCO granted Capoeira a special protected status as “intangible cultural heritage” and is one of the very few martial-arts forms to achieve such a recognition.
Being a great fighter in the ring doesn’t guarantee high efficiency in a real street combat. Any martial-arts master knows this fact and being a master himself, Justo Dieguez, invented his own street-wise fighting style: Keysi Fighting Method. With a set of techniques that harnesses natural body reactions that any person would do in a real fight, KFM is a system with very few techniques, but is very ideal in successfully beating anyone in close-quarter combat. It must be highly effective indeed, for it was used by Christian Bale in his Batman movies.
This system attained international notice in the modern years, when Muay Thai players defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts. A typical practitioner of this art requires high mental discipline in developing the use of fists, elbows, knees and shins. It is due to this that the sport is called as “the art of eight limbs.” With trainings and drills that can make a practitioner immune to almost any body pain, Muay Thai makes a fighter or brawler very efficient in the ring, or even outside of it.
Regarded as an umbrella term for a wide variety of martial-arts forms, it is one of the most distinguished physical combat sports in many Southeast-Asian countries. Unlike most combat systems, this one requires certain spiritual-related rituals upon initiation. This includes fasting for a few days and drinking special tea concoctions. In modern times, Silat is adapted and modified in non-fighting means that are reminiscent to dancing calisthenics. As a result, it is now employed for theatrical and entertainment purposes.
Crafted in reference to several street-fighting techniques, Special Combat Aggressive Reactionary System is a fighting system used by the United States Navy. Like Krav Maga and KFM, it also takes advantage of natural human movements and body reactions that would most likely occur in real-world fights. What makes this style so effective is that it teaches a practitioner how to hit important body parts and when to hit them – a technique that can be practically lethal, when executed with great force and precision.
Which among these should be ranked as No. 1?