Karate and Taekwondo are arguably the most popular martial arts in the world. I honestly think it has a lot to do with grace in the movements of these two disciplines. I mean, just the uniforms already exude an enormous amount of machoness.
BUT if you are a martial arts practitioner, you know all too well that unless you become a master in really high degree, the art is not as useful in a streetfight.
The deadliest martial arts are not that popular. So if you are looking for that one discipline that can launch you to the epitome of ultimate awesomeness, these are your options.
Country Of Origin: India
Basic Principle(s): They put a lot of emphasis in spirituality. For this discipline, the physical training is only a second to your relationship with the higher being. Okay, I’m not big on spirituality and stuff but this martial art is pretty hardcore. They concentrate on apply force on pressure points in your opponent’s body so that one strike will allow you to knock down your opponent.
The knowledge of knowing where to strike, though, may not be all too necessary because they (the kickass masters of the art) said that if you are a skilled Kalarippayattu practitioner who has achieved that high level of spirituality is not only well-versed in striking, grappling and different weaponry skills but has the ability to sense movements from the opponent and defend before even being attacked by developing psychic-like senses and agile movements. Ha! Mental telepathy baby!
If we could only get them to shower before training.
Country Of Origin: Russia
Basic Principle(s): Unlike other martials arts who clearly stated that their discipline is more an art rather than a mechanism for streetfighting, Sambo was developed for a single purpose and that is to create the ultimate fighting discipline in the 1920s to improve the Soviet Red Army’s hand to hand combat skills under the orders of Stalin. It is a mix of the most effective techniques of other martial arts: Judo, Karate and local forms of wrestling such as Armenian Kokh, Georgian Chidaoba, Romanian Trîntǎ, Tatar Köräş, Uzbek Kurash, Mongolian Khapsagay and Azerbaijani Gulesh.
Sombo, is an acronym for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya which means “self-defense without weapons”. Instead of colored belts, Sambo practitioners are awarded ratings such as Master of Sports and International of Sports.
Country Of Origin: Japan
Basic Principle(s): The system taught by this group, called Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu, consists of nine separate martial arts traditions. Yes, fuckin’ nine:
*Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術)
*Gyokko Ryū Kosshijutsu (玉虎流骨指術)
*Kuki Shinden Ryū Happō Bikenjutsu (九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術)
*Koto Ryū Koppōjutsu (虎倒流骨法術)
*Shinden Fudo Ryū Dakentaijutsu (神伝不動流打拳体術)
*Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtaijutsu (高木揚心流柔体術)
*Gikan Ryū Koppōjutsu (義鑑流骨法術)
*Gyokushin Ryū Ninpō (玉心流忍法)
*Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō (雲隠流忍法)
Just seeing those Japanese characters makes me feel like my head will explode with awesomeness.
They said it’s more an organization than a separate martial arts but they do have their own rules, their own masters and their own little set of laws including non participation in competitions, non adherence to any guidelines or set of rules to limit or techniques during training such many of the staple responses of a student would be illegal in most competitions. Specifically however, the Bujinkan is mostly known for teaching koshijutsu (pressure point, muscle attacks/tears and joint dislocations), koppojutsu (bone breaking), jutaijutsu (throwing, grappling, ground fighting), dakentaijutsu (strikes), happo bikenjutsu (various modern and traditional weapons), and ninpo tactics and strategies (Ninjutsu).
7. Krav Maga
Country Of Origin: Israel and Czechoslovakia (now Slovak Republic)
Basic Principle(s): The rule is basic – there are no fuckin’ rules. In other words, don’t mess with them and they ain’t messin’ with you. If Aikido simply “stops” the opponent, Krav Maga stops you by head stomping you to the ground so low, you’d see the face of Satan.
General principles include:
*Counter attacking as soon as possible (or attacking preemptively).
*Targeting attacks to the body’s most vulnerable points such as the eyes, jaw, throat, groin, knee etc.
*Neutralizing the opponent as quickly as possible by responding with an unbroken stream of counter attacks and if necessary a take down/joint break.
*Maintaining awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to defend or help attack and so on.
Training also covers situational awareness to develop an understanding of one’s surroundings and potentially threatening circumstances before an attack occurs. So don’t even think about attacking them because even before you made up you mind on how to do the attack, they’d be on your face. They do a simultaneous defense/attack: instead of blocking an attack and then delivering a response, you block the attack and deliver a response at the same time, i. e., block with the left arm and push forward with the legs, striking with the right fist to the throat, all simultaneously. Just reading it actually make me feel I’m injured.
6. Keysi Fighting Method
Country Of Origin: Spain
Basic Principle(s): It is a hybrid of different martial arts so you will also feel hybrid kind of pain if you mess with them.
KFM was created in the 1950s on the streets of Spain. It uses multiple attacking ranges, with or without weapons. The KFM trademark is the thinking man (Pensador) and thinking man attack (pensataq), which makes use of a tight defensive shape to protect the most precious part of the body, the head, and smashes and opens up the opponent for the finish using all ranges of strikes — punches, hammer fists, kicks, knees, head butts, and the sharp elbows — all at high, middle, and low lines on the opponent.
KFM 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.
Another aspect of KFM is its “360-degree” approach to multi-assailant attacks whether standing, kneeling, sitting or lying down. Part of KFM’s philosophy is the redefining of the terms “predator and prey” as well, where the would-be victim becomes the predator and the would-be attackers his/her prey.
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