Brian Kagen pick: “Which Martial Art Is Best for Self-Defense?,” by Marc MacYoung

“The bottom line is this: Martial arts are not self-defense. Self-defense is not personal safety. Fighting is neither self-defense nor personal safety. While martial arts training can be used in a self-defense context, it is a far better idea to create a much stronger alloy of personal safety instead of any single “fighting” system. Martial arts are part of complete personal safety regime, they are not the sole answer.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. Certain behaviours, habits and ways of thinking will lead to violence; other will mitigate it. NNSD is a good website based on good sound sense, strategy and experience. Well worth making it a project to read it.

  2. Albert Simonson says:

    Been reading his stuff for years. They’re great fun to read. I was an EMT for NYC Emergency Medical Service for 3 years, used a lot of his ideas.

  3. …’self defense’ is a very poor translation of “strategy” (heiho), martial techniques (bugei), or warrior’s way of life (budo). the closer you stick to those terms, the less you’re likely to need to ‘defend’ yourself anyway…

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