Think I'll stick to BJJ.
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I found this YouTube channel for Gary Boaz and watching these videos is really cementing my decision. I will be seeking Aikido classes soon. Watching him progress through the moves showing how the uke's balance is affected along the way really helps me see how affective this really can be.
YouTube - kyushoaikiguy's Channel
Thanks everybody for your input, and thanks for letting me hijack your thread, Adric22!
I just watched the video on Katate Tori Sankyo and when he said, "cross the pinky behind the ring finger," I decided to see what that felt like so I tried it on myself. HOLY $%#! THAT HURTS!
I will never doubt the demonstrations where it looks like they're just leading them around by the hand again.
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I have taken a number of classes that dealt specifically with disarm tactics. Never learned what I saw in the video and don't believe that those shown here would work anywhere in the real world.
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It's probably not a good idea to "stick" with any particular style or system. Most people I know have a base or foundation they build upon.Think I'll stick to BJJ.
For example, a striker might focus mostly on boxing or karate, but add a weapons style, a grappling art, on top of that to fill in gaps. Because just like CCW handguns, all arts have their strengths and weaknesses.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) proved itself quite effective in UFC fighting. It's a great grappling style and matches well with the observation that most fights, if they go on long enough, will eventually go "to the ground." Expert groundfighters have an advantage there.
On the other hand, if you're, say, in a bar and a fight breaks out, you might not want to be rolling around on the floor at all. A striking art might have a better chance of handling a multiple-attacker scenario. All that said, Krav Maga is a very well-rounded system that has few weak areas in this regard.
Where Krav is a bit lacking is in its ability to scale depth of attack and defense. It's very much a full-on, go 100-percent all-out kind of thing. If you're at a party or such, and your friend is getting drunk and belligerent, you might want to put him in a joint lock and ease him outside. That's where a soft style like Aikido or similar will really shine.
In the short run, it's a good idea to start with something - anything - and get comfortable fighting, shoving, throwing people and being thrown. Good to learn how to strike and kick. If you're up close with someone, good to be able to gain enough distance to bring your gun into play if needed.
Later, you can think about rounding out your technique.
"It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first."
It is imperative for any able bodied gun owner to cross train in some reality based unarmed self-defense, including use of improvised weapons, in case using a gun may not be practical. And there may be some places you may not be allowed to carry a gun.
Boxing rules the street. Slipping and weaving and staying on your feet are all important in a fight. Being able to throw good hard punches is even more important.
I am much less inclined to pull my gun on somebody if I am confident I can handle it with my fists. That means I probably don't have to deal with cops, judges, lawyers, and juries.
Also, lift heavy weights.
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When I said I'd stick with BJJ, I meant as opposed to Aikido.
I do cross train in other disciplines, including stand up fighting.
Since 2005, I have been training in Kenpo karate, Muy Thai Kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu. Integrating them into MMA. Makes for well rounded training and I highly recommend Martial Arts for self defense. Just as important as them teaching you how to handle yourself in a self defense (hand to hand) confrontations, they also teach you the mindset, awareness and life techniques that will keep you from getting into unwanted situations.
I feel that my MA as well as my firearm training has become an invaluable part of my daily routine. Again, I highly recommend it.
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I have a background in Tae Kwon Do, and Karate. A boxer wouldn't have much chance against a master in either of those arts since they use four striking tools instead of two. Don't limit yourself to hands or feet. MMA classes are starting up in my area and Army Combatives is the new big thing. Kind thinking about taking it
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