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What Martial Art Should I Learn?

Let me ask you something:

Are you interested in learning some self-defense? Maybe you’ve always wanted to, but you never got around to it? Or perhaps, you might have come close to needing it in the past and have decided to be proactive?

In any case, you’re probably wondering:

“What martial art should I sign up for? There are so many options to pick from.”

Today, we’ll go over this very question and show you the best martial art as it relates to self-defense.

Let’s dive in...

What Are Some Good Martial Arts For Self-Defense?

Before we dive into the meat and potatoes of this post, let’s first examine some martial arts that are good for self-defense. Examples include:

  • Muay Thai Kickboxing

  • Boxing

  • Sambo

  • Judo

  • Krav Maga

  • Wrestling

  • Jiu-Jitsu

Each of these disciplines offers its unique benefits, and this is precisely why so many people today feel confused as to which option is best. With that said, let’s now take a look at what the best one is for learning practical self-defense.

What Is The Best Martial Art For Self-Defense?

There is no perfect answer to this question. Each discipline offers its unique benefits and disadvantages, so it would be challenging to say what would work.

For example, boxing is a great discipline because it teaches students how to block punches and avoid them altogether. But the discipline follows a narrow set of rules, and the self-defense skills you develop might not be enough to protect yourself in a real-life situation.

Wrestling is also great for disabling opponents without necessarily hurting them. But, the discipline lacks in other departments, such as striking.

An excellent way to go about self-defense is to learn from multiple arts and develop proficiency in a wide range of defensive and offensive tactics.

Mixed Martial Arts: A Balanced And Complete Approach

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a combination of all martial arts and comes closest to balanced development in the fighting disciplines. Doing MMA training provides you with a basic understanding of multiple martial arts - all of that in one class.

Since no single art is perfect for self-defense, a much better approach would be to borrow the most valuable bits from multiple disciplines and learn how to use them effectively.

For instance, our MMA classes teach valuable boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu skills and show students how to combine all of that for effective self-defense and offense. As a result, students learn how to:

  • Throw punches

  • Kick

  • Grapple

  • Disable an opponent without causing them harm

  • Blocking and avoiding strikes

  • Overcome larger and stronger opponents

Each of these is valuable for effective self-defense. What’s more, MMA training allows you to get a feel for all potential outcomes in a self-defense situation. Sure, learning how to throw and block punches alone is better than nothing. But real-life situations are often more complex and require a deep understanding of multiple disciplines.


If you live in Santa Clarita and are interested, Dream Martial Arts and Fitness offers excellent MMA classes with coach Jeff Martin.

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