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What is the Best Martial Art for Self-Defense?




In a world where personal safety is a top priority, the question of which martial art is best for self-defense is frequently asked. The truth is every martial arts discipline incorporates skills for self-defense in its unique way. In this blog post, we will highlight self-defense techniques learned in some martial art disciplines. We'll dicuss the philosophy of ActivStars Athletics of a peaceful unification of different martial arts techniques and how this approach prepares students to stay safe in an ever-changing world.


The Diversity of Martial Arts:

Before diving into the specifics, it's essential to recognize the diverse range of martial arts available. Each martial art has its unique techniques, philosophy, and focus, making it crucial for individuals to understand their personal goals and preferences when choosing one. Some popular martial arts include Karate, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, and more.


These are some of the martial art disciplines and their focus on self-defense:


  1. Karate: Utilizes 70% striking techniques and 30% kicking techniques utilizing strong stances and foundation. Many Karate styles have strong self-defense skills, from which many styles derive their style base.

  2. Taekwondo: Utilizes 70% kicking techniques with 30% striking techniques. Taekwondo styles have incredibly strong and fast kicks which are used for offensive and defensive skills.

  3. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ): Emphasizing ground fighting and submissions, BJJ can be effective for self-defense, especially in situations where the confrontation goes to the ground.

  4. Muay Thai: A striking art from Thailand, Muay Thai is known for its powerful kicks, knees, and elbows, providing effective stand-up techniques for self-defense.

  5. Boxing: Boxing teaches solid striking skills, head movement, and footwork, making it a valuable skill for defending oneself on the feet.

  6. Krav Maga: Developed by the Israeli military, Krav Maga is a practical and efficient system that focuses on real-world situations, emphasizing instinctive movements and simultaneous defense and attack.

  7. Judo: Judo’s focus on throws and grappling can be effective in self-defense situations, particularly if the confrontation involves close-quarters combat.

  8. Aikido: Aikido emphasizes redirecting an attacker’s energy and using joint locks and throws. It’s particularly useful for defending against grabs and holds.

  9. Wing Chun: Known for its close-range combat techniques and rapid strikes, Wing Chun can be effective in confined spaces and against multiple attackers.


ActivStars Athletics Karate Curriculum is a unique and comprehensive martial arts program that seamlessly blends the essential similarities and unique aspects of various disciplines and styles. At ActivStars Athletics, our philosophy revolves around the idea of uniting all peaceful martial arts, which we believe is our strength. With a diverse and knowledgeable instructional staff of over 60+ instructors nationwide, we are committed to providing a curriculum that goes beyond physical skills.


Our standards prioritize mental skills, instilling the values of self-control, discipline, and self-confidence, which are often missing in many franchised martial arts schools today. We also emphasize traditional-based martial arts to foster strong codes of conduct, promoting honor and character development. In addition, ActivStars Athletics takes pride in offering programs like SAFEshield, an A-Z Abduction Prevention Program, and an Anti-Bullying Program, equipping kids and teens with the necessary skills and tools to navigate today's ever-changing world and social pressures.

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