Which is the best martial arts style to defend yourself on a street fight, in a life or death situation?
Tricky question, we must admit. But our friends where once more up to the challenge. Of course some styles where brought to the table like Krav Maga, Kyokushin Karate, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Wing Chun, Aikido and many others.
However the general opinion was not focused on the style, but on other aspects like the person, the situation, escaping, the use of weapons or even the rules of fighting to be applied in that moment.
Our friend Deitrich believes that you should apply whatever works in that moment. He believes there is no "best" style that can "prepare you for the fluidity of being suddenly attacked on the street." He states also that when you cannot escape, eye gouges, groin strikes, even biting can give you the moment you need to get away.
Chris adds that you should trust no style. Instead you should run away or use whatever objects and physicals skills you have to neutralize your opponent. He highlights "raw intensity" as the most useful.
Samuel believes that Krav Maga is the answer because of the nature of the scenarios for what it prepares their students, including knife fights, blunt weapons, guns and being on disadvantage based on numbers. Ron agrees with running first, but also says that Ninjutsu is the only style that teaches you how to hide.
Our friend Ryu makes an interesting point about "early defense", that is, not getting caught up with people or events that may lead you to such situation.
I heard a Master once say that the best way to get out from a deep hole in the sand is dodging the hole and avoiding the fall in the first place. After falling it may be too late.
But most agree that there are situations you do not get to choose, mostly nowadays, like terrorism or school shootings, for example.
Kalvin even thinks that the question is not even valid, and that styles suggest predefined forms, and with this, limitations, hence, disadvantages. The possibilities are infinite and out of our control so you either fight making the best of what it is or you do not. But according to him, we should forget style.
This sounds like much of what Bruce Lee said as having no way as the way, and other grandmasters like Morihei Ueshiba.
But what about those masters that excelled and evolved their style like, let's say, Sosai Oyama or Ip Man? Would they be less prepared for this kind of situations?
Joe says that knowing how to "street fight" doesn't necessarily mean you know how to survive a fight for your life. He also gives a lot of importance to our masters and how they prepare us for this kind of situations and give us the tools and the mind state needed to survival.