Monday, May 30, 2011

5: Deadly Martial Arts

        I'm an avid fan of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), and, though these martial arts can't be used to their full potential, outside the ring they're the most brutal forms of combat you can find. I'm going to tell you about five of the deadliest martial arts out there.

5: Sambo


Fedor may look fat, for a reason. He gives a great knuckle sandwich.
        I love this martial art for two reasons. It's the art that Fedor Emelianenko (a.k.a. The Last Emperor), the best MMA fighter in the world practices. Also, it's made by the Russians, and anything made by a Russian is badass. It was created in the 1920's for one reason only, to improve the Red Army's deadliness in the battlefield.

        It is a mix of Judo, Karate, and local forms of wrestling. The funny thing is how, instead of belts, sambo practitioners are actually awarded titles, like Master of Sports and International of Sports. The art focuses on leaving your opponent crippled in the ground by a combination of wrestling and brute force. What makes this effective is the opponent's size and weight, too, as Russians are huge.

4: Muay Thai


Fighting's a form of art. Look at this man's artistic expression as he feels his rival's rage.
        The martial art of Thailand, I myself practice this from time to time. It is called the art of eight limbs: Right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg, right elbow, left elbow, right knee, and left knee. It's a form of kickboxing where you also get your opponent in a clinch, mainly to hit him in the heart with the knee. This downs the opponent quickly.

3: Krav Magá


Needs more salt.
        The two words literally mean hand to hand combat. Now, what is Krav Magá about? It's a fighting system created in Israel by its special forces, and its objective is to disarm and down the opponent in the least amount of time possible. It's especially effective against terrorists. Many armies around the world use their own variation of Krav Magá, recognizing its true potential.

2: Boxing

Screamed to death.

        Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Although many people would argue, boxing is one of the most telivised martial arts, and is really effective. Why? Because other martial arts require you to slowly beat down your opponent. But then, knockout strikers like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson could knock a man off his feet and mind in one single punch. Imagine the usefulness of that skill.

1: Jiu-Jitsu


        Jiu-Jitsu is the most effective martial art in MMA. More than Krav Magá, Boxing, Sambo, you name it. It places emphasis on throwing, locking, choking, and many moves that quickly immobilize an oppenent. Now, how effective would this be in the streets? Let me explain.

        It's hard to get out of a hold. Any hold. Especially if your rival's trained well. Now, Jiu-Jitsu places a lot of emphasis on training regularly, so there's that. Now, they have holds that can leave you paraplegic for the rest of your life, for example. Imagine going out, looking for a fight and then never being able to walk again. Be careful, especially if you use a lot of momentum when fighting, which is their greatest weapon.

+ Useless Martial Arts

        Although these two martial arts are great for olympic events and discipline, I've never seen somebody skilled in Tae Kwan Do or Karate beat down somebody who could actually box. Why? They place emphasis on kicks and open palm strikes. Kick as fast as you will, a good old punch will be faster than a kick any day. Or an elbow strike. In fact, just tackle the hell out of someone kicking you and he'll definitely stay on the ground. So, if you want to survive the streets, don't go for these two martial arts. You'll end up killing yourself.