7 Martial art styles for women to protect themselves

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 08, 2015

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Martial arts comprises a system of exercises, practices and traditions. Most of these combative fighting and defence techniques have originated in the ancient cultures of Asia. There are certain martial art styles that are more effective for women when it comes to self-defence.
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    Best Marital Art Styles for Women

    Martial arts is a form of fighting that comprising a system of exercises, practices and traditions. Most of these combative fighting and defence techniques have originated in the ancient cultures of Asia, including China, Japan and India. There are certain martial art styles that are more effective for women when it comes to self defence. Some of these are based on brute strength and meeting force with direct force to defeat an aggressor, while others are techniques to handle a stronger opponent.

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    Judo

    Judo is one of the most famous martial art forms. An excellent self defence technique, judo, focuses on throws and submissions. The technique requires a certain degree of strength but leverage is the foundation in most of its moves. Judo isn’t something to knock out an opponent, but it is more of slamming the combatant to the ground.

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    Karate

    Karate is a modern martial art style with its roots in Chinese Kung Fu. The martial art form doesn’t teach how to win or lose a combat, but is more of a defensive technique. The technique involves linear punches, kicks, throwing elbows and knee strikes. This ideology of the style was very well-captured in the movie “The Karate Kid” in which Daniel LaRusso used it as a form of self defence against bullies.

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    Tae Kwon Do

    Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art style that has become quite popular lately. The term Tae Kwon Do translates to "the way of kicking and punching." The art can give women an arsenal of devastating kicks to dismantle the opponent. Tae Kwon Do uses many effective self-defence techniques.

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    Aikido

    Aikido is a Japanese martial art with the ideology of redirecting an attacker's force and using it against him. The technique involves a range of joint-locking and throwing techniques. The martial art style can give women an edge in combat as it doesn’t require you to be stronger to defend yourself.

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    Krav Maga

    The Israeli martial art style, Krav Maga, is the official self-defence system of the Israeli Defense Force. The practice enables practitioners to deal with armed and unarmed attackers. The martial art form involves the use of various parts of their bodies like elbows and knees to take apart an opponent.

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    Wing Chun

    Wing Chun is a fighting system that originated in China by a woman named Ng Mui. The martial art form involves the repetitive compounded punches (chain punches) to knock the opponent out. Besides chain punches, Wing Chun teaches eye gauging, force deflecting, knee cap breaking and elbow striking techniques to protect one from the combatant.

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    Jeet Kune Do

    Jeet Kune Do is a form of marital art that is associated with the famed martial artist Bruce Lee. It was he who formed this fighting system, blending a variety of styles. Jeet Kune Do equips one with a knowledge to deal with attacks in the most efficient manner. Women can learn how to hit an attacker with the fingers along with many other techniques.

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