Self-defense is a necessary skill in order to be able to navigate your everyday life with the confidence and certainty required for reacting to a dangerous situation. Physical violence is a real threat that can arise at any moment and being prepared will put control into your own hands.


What You Need to Consider When Choosing a Martial Art?

In the event that a woman has to deal with a physical threat, the chances are high that the assailant will be someone that is of greater size, stature, and strength. Therefore, choosing to learn a martial art that uses technique to combat size discrepancy should be considered a prerequisite. Training in boxing, for instance, would not help in that regard.

A second factor to consider when selecting a martial art to study for self-defense is the ability the specific style gives you to inflict maximum damage on an attacker so you can flee to safety.


1. Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a style of combat created for and used by Israeli special forces. It takes elements from many different forms of fighting and combines them into a skillset geared towards inflicting debilitating strikes and holds. Krav Maga includes punches, kicks, arm and leg locks, ground fighting, and even techniques for defending against weapon attacks.

Krav Maga is a great discipline for women because it focuses on scenarios that can play out in everyday life. The training reflects this emphasis on reality-based street fighting as students practice defending against sudden attacks from behind, lapel grabs, chokes, and other dangerous situations.


2. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art that focuses primarily on ground fighting. Practitioners of Brazilian jiu-jitsu have the ability to turn a bad situation to their advantage as the art teaches students how to defend against close-quarter attacks. A knowledgeable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student can thwart an attack from an assailant that is laying on top of the victim and trying to deliver strikes.


3. Mixed Martial Arts

Although Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a more inclusive term than an art per se, training in this form of fighting can be very beneficial for women. Everything a trainee needs to know in dealing with a physical attack is included: striking, take-downs, and ground fighting. MMA is a rigorous discipline that requires intense dedication, but ut can be a great way to gain competence in your self-defense.


Javill Byron is an accomplished martial artist, entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist based in Miami. As the owner of Top Shot Miami and WMB Martial Arts, Javill strives to serve as a valuable resource for individuals who want to improve their physical abilities and learn to protect themselves. Javill is especially passionate about helping children with disabilities and children who are bullied.

As a philanthropy-minded person, Javill Byron devotes much of his time to his nonprofit, WMB Foundation, Inc., which provides services to families and children diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, or Autism and aims to promote academic success and generally enrich their lives.