Although martial arts and combat sports aren’t gender-based disciplines, there is a difference in approach to male and female martial arts/combat sports. Although it’s never exact science, some generalised rules are used to shape the techniques and approaches for men and women. Self-defence is one of the fields that has the most differences, since it has to be modelled on the generalised differences in male and female physique. For example, men usually have better upper body strength than women, but more weak points below the waist, which is important because in such cases – female self-defence should be more kick-oriented. This is just one example and there are many more, so in today’s article, we’ll be discussing the best self-defence arts and sports for women.
In general, best martial arts and techniques for women’s self-defense are Krav Maga, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, aikido, Jeet Kune Do.
But, there is more to it. So, to all our female readers – study this text carefully so that you can be prepared to kick any asshole’s butt in case he tries anything inappropriate!
Benefits of Martial Arts for Women
Before we analyse the best defensive martial arts and combat sports, we’ll present you with a list of the most important benefits of doing martial arts/combat sports in general:
- The benefits of physical activity – any physical activity is highly recommended and while martial arts/combat sports may demand a lot from you, they’ll also give you a lot of benefits. You’ll be healthier, more mobile and will generally look and feel better.
- Socialisation – although most martial arts/combat sports are individual sports, training sessions, going to the gym and sparring sessions all require close social contact and can, perhaps, lead to the formation of a strong friendship or relationship with someone.
- Discipline – martial arts and combat sports require a lot of determination and are very demanding. Not everyone can practice them properly and if a person does not have the required discipline, he may quit. Luckily, they build upon one’s discipline so it can be beneficial in that aspect as well.
- Learning your limits – since doing martial arts/combat sports require a lot of discipline, they have to teach their fighters to control themselves. You do not fight to kill someone; you fight to win and there are certain limits you’ll have to adhere to in order to be a good fighter.
- Self-defence – people who take up martial arts/combat sports while learning how to attack, also learn how to defend themselves. Although you should always avoid confrontations when possible, life sometimes doesn’t allow you to escape or avoid a conflict. In such situations, it is better to know how to defend yourself than not.
- Building confidence – while teaching you how to attack, how to defend and how to win, martial arts/combat sports also build on your confidence. It allows you to create a better, a much stronger image of yourself and the confidence you have in the ring, during a fight, will emanate to all other aspects of life.
- New knowledge – martial arts/combat sorts aren’t just punching and kicking, they are a very complex system where tactics usually play a much bigger part in winning, than just pure physique. Learning new tactics and tactical approaches, but also new fighting styles, doesn’t just increase your knowledge, it stimulates your brain as the adrenaline of a fight demands for a quick response.
- You’ll grow as a person – each new experience is special and enables you to develop yourself as a human being. Martial arts/combat sports have a lot of different aspects and approaches, and learning (about) them will certainly enable you to grow as a person.
Best Martial Arts for Women’s Self Defense
Now that we’ve gone through the basics, we can name the best martial arts and/or combat sports for female self-defence. Again, there is no male or female self-defence in the literal sense of the phrase, but some techniques are just more suitable for women in case they have to react in an unwanted situation.
Based on the fact that most predators (that’s, sadly, a statistical fact) are male, women should know how to utilise men’s weak spots and their own physique to their own benefit. Here are the best techniques that will allow them to do exactly that:
- Taekwondo – this Korean martial art is extremely suitable for women because it’s based on kicking more than anything else. Men’s upper bodies are usually stronger than women’s, so kicking is far more beneficial than punching. Plus, men have a lot of weak spots below the waist and they are better accessible by kicking, than anything else. Plus, Taekwondo has a special section dedicated to self-defence, so one can learn a variety of things.
- Krav Maga – an Israeli martial art that is almost exclusively based on (self-)defence. It is very popular today and it can teach you a wide variety of techniques for almost any possible scenario. It will teach you how to utilise practically every part of your body as a weapon and thus prepare you for any challenge you might face.
- Aikido – established in Japan, aikido is a very specific martial art. It teaches you how to use your opponent’s force and turn it back to him. For women, it’s extremely beneficial because it doesn’t require them to be stronger than their attacker, but rather use their attacker’s force against him. It also has a lot of techniques that utilise men’s weak spots below the waist.
- Brazilian jiu-jitsu – this martial art is part of a standard MMA “training set” and is very popular today. It is very effective in real-life situations and its emphasis on ground fighting makes it beneficial for women who can often find themselves in situation where the attacker pins them down to the ground.
- Jeet Kune Do – Bruce Lee, probably the most famous martial artist of all time, founded this Oriental martial art based on different styles of kung fu. It is considered to be the predecessor of modern MMA. Jeet Kune Do is extremely efficient and it covers a variety of different possibilities, thus preparing you for real-life situations. Due to the fact that Jeet Kune Do teaches efficiency, quickness and has a lot of approaches, it is very useful and beneficial for women, who can use it to get out of dangerous situations quickly.
And that’s it for now. We hope you found out article helpful and that it will motivate you to work on yourselves to avoid dangerous and potentially threatening situations.
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