The sad truth is that violence is unavoidable. No matter how much you try to talk things over with others, there is always that one person who wants to fight you to prove a point. In that case, the only course of action that remains would be to fight.
In no particular order, let’s talk a bit about martial styles that are the best choices if you want to defend yourself.
Developed as an adaptation of Japanese Jujutsu by Helio Gracie, Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu is best suited for persons of smaller stature that are most likely to encounter taller and heavier opponents. This is mostly based on the fact that BJJ practitioners use a combination of leverage and chokeholds to take down attackers rather than physical strength, making it suitable for both men and women. This technique is particularly useful for ground control, as most fights end up on the ground sooner or later.
Aimed at self-defence and minimum damage to the opponent, Sambo is a Russian fighting style used by the special forces in that country. Similar to BJJ, this fighting style uses a combination of joint locks and chokeholds, as well as takedown throws and ground grappling in order to control the opponent.
However, unlike BJJ, Sambo requires a greater deal of physical strength which makes it less suitable if you are trying to tackle bigger opponents, but against a similarly sized opponent, it is a very effective fighting style. More experienced users of this fighting style also learn how to disarm an enemy carrying a knife or even a gun.
Krav Maga, or ‘contact fighting’, is a fighting style used by the Israeli military. It was created by the Jewish wrestler Imi Lichtenfeld in order to protect his people from the anti-semites.
As a technique created solely for the purpose of self-defence, Krav Maga uses a combination of grapples and takedowns, punches, kicks and even eye-gouges and groin kicks. One significant part of this martial art is the use of surrounding objects as weapons to protect yourself from armed enemies.
Although MMA is primarily a sport, it can be used for self-protection in various real-life situations. As the name suggests, MMA uses a combination of moves from different martial arts through a series of takedowns, explosive strikes and grapples. This martial art is also very situational, and probably the easiest one to find a trainer for, since MMA is a hugely popular sport.
One big downside of MMA is that training is very taxing on the body. The upside is that your skills in all areas increase very quickly. Which one outweighs is for you to decide.