Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Is MMA effective in self defense?

Is MMA effective in self defense?

MMA has a growing popularity and fanbase in this generation since the UFC made it's impact. MMA itself has transcended from the Octagon into your local school, appealing to many young adults. There are many teens using MMA in street fights which begs the question - is MMA effective as self defense?

In my opinion, MMA can be effective in self defense provided that a certain mindset and techniques are adapted to the streets. It is unrealistic for fighters to use BJJ or any other submission holds as self defense as you are unaware of your opponents. For all you know, your opponents could have weapons or friends. Taking the fight to the ground is the utter worst move you could make as your vision is limited and you are in a vulnerable position.

The other reason why MMA isn't as effective in the streets is that fighters are not taught to use many different kinds of "dirty" attacks prohibited in the UFC. In the link below, here are a list of fouls and requirements for a UFC fight:

That being said, MMA is suited for sport more than it is for self defense. In the Octagon, your goal is to score points and ideally, a KO. In the street, your goal is to survive. Now does that mean MMA will get you killed in a street situation? No as shown in this video. There are some instances where some MMA techniques would be suitable where violence is prohibited or unnecessary such as applying a chokehold to restrain an attacker. There are also other cases where it would be beneficial to learn several martial arts to complement your primary one of choice. For example, Aikido throws are meant to discourage attackers from attacking you without the use of violence. This would be more efficient than having to resort to strikes and possibly facing a charge.

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