We live in a world where security is becoming a necessity, there are threats all around. We see it daily in the news, we hear about attacks in other countries, and we all know people that have been robbed.
What can we do about it ? Many things, but first and foremost we can inform ourselves.
Here are some things that can be done for security and protection of our home, ourselves and our loved ones:
- Secure our home with cameras and security systems
- Secure our computers and mobile devices
- Learn a self defence technique
- Carry self defence products such as pepper sprays, batons, etc...
- Join a neighbourhood watch group
Protection and security is a personal choice unfortunately and many people do not feel the need until it's too late. But there is a lot you can do for your peace of mind.
|Also known as||TKD, Tae Kwon Do, TaeKwonDo, Taekwon-Do, Tae-Kwon-Do|
|Hardness||Full-contact (WTF), Medium-contact (ITF,GTF,ATA)|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|Famous practitioners||Choi Hong Hi, Nam Tae Hi, Jhoon Rhee, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Billy Blanks, Michael Jai White, Sun Hwan Chung, Scott Adkins, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jeeja Yanin, Cung Le, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mirko Filipović, Joe Rogan,|
There were originally nine kwans that were recognized by the Korean Government. In 1955, the nine kwans united to form one kwan which created the style of Taekwondo that is most commonly taught today.
Taekwondo is an effective form of martial arts, it loosely means “the way of the hand and fist”
Often characterized by its fast and high spinning kicks, Taekwondo is the only martial arts style, on this list, that is an Olympic sport.
|Focus||Grappling and softness|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|Famous practitioners||Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Moriteru Ueshiba, Christian Tissier, Morihiro Saito, Koichi Tohei, Yoshimitsu Yamada, Gozo Shioda, Mitsugi Saotome, Steven Seagal|
Aikido is an extremely effective martial arts style yet, it is not a traditional martial art. For example, Aikido fighters consider the safety and well-being of their attacker as much as they do their own. Rather than defeat their opponent, an Aikido fighter’s goal is to find a peaceful resolution.
Aikido is one of the most complicated of all the different Japanese martial arts. If you’re looking to quickly learn how to defend yourself, try one of the more reflexive martial arts styles like Krav Maga.
Aikido also heavily incorporates the concept of redirecting and manipulating the energy of an attacker. Aikido fighters use their opponent’s aggression and momentum to throw them away or render their attack powerless.
The additional time to master the technique, and the fact that the Aikido is a more peaceful style, doesn’t mean that it isn’t one of the best martial arts for self defense.
|Country of origin||Israel|
|Parenthood||Boxing, Aikido, Wrestling, Judo, KAPAP|
|Famous practitioners||Haim Gidon, Eyal Yanilov, Kobi Lichtenstein|
In the mid-1930’s, anti-Semitic groups riots began to threaten the Jews of Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. To protect his friends and family, Lichtenfeld became the leader of a group of Jewish boxers and wrestlers who took to the streets to defend Jewish neighborhoods against the growing numbers of national socialist party and anti-Semitic thugs. Lichtenafeld started developing the skills and techniques that would eventually become Krav Maga.
Krav Maga is designed to quickly neutralize threats. The moves aren’t flashy; they’re simple and often dirty.
Krav Maga encourages students to avoid confrontation. If this is impossible or unsafe, it promotes finishing a fight as quickly as possible. Attacks are aimed at the most vulnerable parts of the body, and training is not limited to techniques that avoid severe injury; some even permanently injure or cause death to the opponent. .
- Neutralize the threat. This is the main goal of the Krav Maga.
- Simultaneous defense and attack. Unlike many martial arts styles, Krav Maga’s attack and defense are intertwined. Instead of blocking until there is an opportunity to attack, you block in a way that opens up the opportunity for a counter attack.
- Attack the body’s vulnerabilities. Such as the eyes, face, throat, neck, groin and fingers.
|Country of origin||Japan|
|Famous practitioners||Ice-T, Kanō Jigorō, Takeda Sōkaku, Seishiro Okazaki, Jigoro Kano, Wally Jay, Gokor Chivichyan, Gene LeBell, Lee Hasdell, Carlos Newton, Benny Urquidez, Tim Kennedy|
The samurai were deadly with weapons, like the sword and bow, but if they were ever disarmed, they needed a way to defend themselves. Jujutsu was developed to help these fierce warriors if they found themselves without a weapon.
In jujutsu, practitioners train in the use of many potentially fatal moves, yet Jujutsu translates to the “art of softness”
Jujutsu is one of the most effective martial arts in the world because it uses your attacker’s aggressiveness, and momentum against them.
When attacked, a Jujutsu fighter will redirect their attacker’s energy and momentum in a way that they prefer. This redirection renders the attack useless and often gives the Jujutsu fighter an opportunity for a counter attack.
The majority of Jujutsu’s moves are throws and joint locks (applying breaking pressure to a joint like an elbow or knee). The two used in combination are what make Jujutsu such an effective and deadly martial arts style.
As Jujutsu was developed for disarmed samurai, it’s an extremely effective martial arts style against both armed and unarmed attackers.
|Country of origin||China|
|Famous practitioners||Sum Nung, Yip Man, Leung Sheung, Bruce Lee, Leung Ting, Kenneth Chung, Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse, Philip Ng, Robert Downey Jr., Nicolas Cage|