Which is the best martial arts? Short answer, none. Or a better answer would be “best at what?” Martial arts are like cars, they each have their own strengths and weaknesses and more importantly their own purposes behind what they do. My father-in-law uses a great stonking Ford truck to pull his tractor, but then uses his comfortable Saab for everything else. Would a Ferrari be better? Maybe for cruising, but definitely not on a farm. Just like martial arts, you need to find the right one for the job.
What works for one, won’t always work for all
Now there are plenty of people that will be out there that saying “ah but so-and-so style is taught to soldiers” or “that’s what Bruce Lee did” so they must be best. And everyone who teaches martial arts will think there system is best- me included. I trained and taught martial arts for a number of years and had the great pleasure of learning from instructors, trainers and masters from a range of different martial arts. And just like every other martial arts instructor out there, in my heart I think my system is best. However that’s more an emotional response than it is an intellectual one.
I think my system is best because it’s mine, it’s the way I studied, it’s what I mastered, what I put years of my life into, therefore it must be best! You see exactly the same thing in music fans, sports fans, films, books and generally anything people are passionate about. But jut because that was the best system for me, doesn’t mean it is the best overall, or that it will be the best for you.
Finding the best martial arts for you
So if people ask me what martial art is best, I usually ask them, best at what? Best at punching? Kicking? Wrestling? Looking good on film? There’s a different answer for each of those, but that doesn’t mean there is one overall best martial art. If there was then that’s the only type you would see taught.
But the truth is, you have to find the right martial art for you. And to do that you need to know what you want to achieve out of doing martial arts (see yesterdays blog) and the different options out there. Which is exactly what tomorrows blog will look at. What are the key types of martial arts. Then over the rest of this week, and all next week, I will look at the different styles and how they might help you reach your goals. So stay tuned!
Have you tried any martial arts in the past? Or are there any that particularly interest you? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned over the next two weeks.
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Ben has been teaching martial arts to people of all ages and abilities for over 12 years. He can help you incorporate different aspects of martial arts into fun, effective workouts. Contact him on 07707 116372 for info on one-to-one training and small group classes.