ArnisThis Filipino art contains the most street-lethal knife skills available. Read a profile of modern-arnis founder Remy Presas!
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Escrima Sticks 101: Julius Melegrito’s Practical Primer on the
Fighting Arts of the Philippines
Kyokushin KarateIf you complete the 100 fights required for a black belt in kyokushin karate, you possess the attributes required for self-defense. Learn how kyokushin karate master Kenji Yamaki endured the 100-man kumite!
KobudoA street-savvy warrior will take a weapon over his empty hands every time. When you become an expert with traditional weapons, you have an advantage in real combat.
Krav MagaThe gun and knife defenses taught in krav maga are perhaps the best in the field. Video: Darren Levine demonstrates how to use krav maga to survive a knife attack!
Muay ThaiMuay Thai’s a realistic combat art with an emphasis on training and conditioning.
Kano Jiu-JitsuThe forerunner of judo, this early 20th-century art developed by Jigoro Kano was more streetwise than ringwise.
Gracie Jiu-JitsuIt’s been proved effective in street combat in the toughest cities in the world. Watch six Gracie Jiu-Jitsu videos!
Extreme Self-ProtectionIt was designed by Mark Hatmaker to cover all ranges of combat. Video: Mark Hatmaker on martial arts training roadblocks and solutions for developing a practcial, diverse and effective technique palette.
Dirty BoxingWhile many fights end on the ground, almost all fights start standing up. Dirty boxing, aka "clinch boxing” or “trap boxing,” prepares you for strikes that work in stand-up grappling and moves that are illegal in the boxing ring.
Jeet Kune Do UnlimitedCreated by Burt Richardson, it’s perhaps the most combat-efficient interpretation of Bruce Lee’s method of "scientific street fighting."
About the Author: Dr. Jerry Beasley was Black Belt’s 2000 Instructor of the Year. A professor at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, he is the author of Dojo Dynamics: Essential Marketing Principles for Martial Arts Schools.