Best Martial Arts for Women's Self-Defense - Factors to Consider
Can take down an assailant no matter what size
Doesn’t need a lot of strength to subdue an attacker
No “Puncher’s Chance”
Not limited to rules
Constantly evolving and improving
Can cover 4 different combat ranges
The best martial arts for women - our top picks
Judo is a form of martial arts that focuses on grappling and throws. It is a practical choice for women’s self-defense because you can destabilize your opponent at close-quarters, which is most likely when an assailant attacks you, let’s say, on the streets. Women often face assault at close distances where the attacker can quickly make his move and the victim will not have time to get ready to defend themselves.
When executed correctly, judo can help women put their larger assailant on the ground and quickly move away. For example, if your assailant would throw you on the ground from a bear-hug position and you have trained and practiced well, your judo skills can quickly flip the situation and put your opponent on the ground.
Take note that judo is also more effective in close encounters, which is also dangerous. But when done properly, you can put them on the ground and quickly get away.
Muay Thai or Kickboxing
Muay Thai, although more popular as a sports martial art, can also be an effective self-defense for women.You’ll learn short and long range kicks, strikes, clinch fighting, and many other techniques that involve the limbs to violently disable your attacker.
The only disadvantage for this self-defense is that it requires physical strength. In reality, your assailant (usually a man) would be stronger and larger than you which may render the techniques less effective if you’re not strong enough to put your opponent down.
Want to learn how to effectively overcome a larger opponent using grappling techniques? Then Jiu-Jitsu might be the best for you. What makes this martial art an effective self-defense for women is that you can easily take your assailant down, no matter what size, using different techniques.
However, Jiu-Jitsu requires you to have a close encounter with your assailant which could be dangerous. It’s always best to keep as much distance as possible between you and your assailant. But, Jiu-Jitsu can be a good last resort.
Another popular self-defense martial art used by the Israeli military for combat is Krav Maga. It prepares you for violent and life-threatening encounters, which is why this technique is used by the military as a survival skill in a warzone.
What makes Krav Maga different from other traditional martial arts is that it can use tricks and illegal moves to subdue your enemy such as throat-strikes, groin-strikes, eye-pokes, and many more. This is why it’s street-effective because the self-defense technique is designed for potentially dangerous situations. It may not be an effective skill to put down an opponent which is well-trained in MMA who has deeper knowledge in self-defense but will definitely save you from a typical assailant who would do anything to hurt you.
Benefits of Learning Martial Arts
Help Build Self-Confidence
Learn One’s Limitations
Best female martial artists
Cristiane Justino Venancio
The world can be a dangerous place for those who are weak and defenseless, especially for women. Crimes and violence are everywhere and the best way is to prepare yourself to fight if you don’t have the option to run away.
There are many ways that you can defend yourself and in this post, we have summarized the best martial arts for women. So before you join a class, make sure that you know what your primary objectives are and make the best decision.
Hi, I’m Christy, and I’m an electronics engineer by profession. I have taught in a university for 2 years while pursuing my master’s degree in cognitive radio and worked for a company to develop wireless medical devices. Currently, I’m doing research for a doctorate degree in engineering using a wireless sensor network for smart agriculture. I’ve been active in our local IoT community, IoT Cebu, where I participate in conducting talks about Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and DIY home automation using Wi-Fi and ZigBee devices.