Martial arts lessons are an excellent form of self-defense training. But not all martial arts are equally suitable for everyone. The best martial art for a small woman who wants to know how to defend herself from a potential attacker will be different from the best martial art for a muscular male bouncer who wants to protect himself at his job, for example.
So what are the best martial arts for women who want to learn how to defend themselves? Let’s look at some martial arts well suited to women’s self-defense needs and concerns.
Tae Kwon Do
Women tend to be stronger and more powerful in their lower bodies than their upper bodies, which makes Tae Kwon Do’s kick-based striking training more effective for women’s self-defense than martial arts more focused on upper body attacks.
Originally developed for soldiers, Krav Maga takes the simplest and most effective techniques from a number of martial arts and applies to them real life situations. Krav Maga training also teaches you how to aware of your surroundings and conflict avoidance. All of which make it a popular and effective choice for women’s self-defense.
This martial art’s focus on leverage and mat-based grappling allows smaller students to defend themselves against larger and possibly stronger opponents in close quarters. This makes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a great option for women’s self-defense.