Top 10 Self Defense Martial Arts Styles

  • Published: 04 February 2016
  • Square up and get ready. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Self-Defense Martial Arts Styles. Subscribe►► this list, we're ranking various schools of martial arts training and thought, specifically those where self-defense tactics are most promoted and utilized.

    Special thanks to our users marvel14, aldqbigsquare and Joseph Gonzales for submitting the idea at our interactive suggestion page at

    Check out the voting page here,

    Want a WatchMojo cup, mug, t-shirts, pen, sticker and even a water bottle? Get them all when you order your MojoBox gift set here:

    WatchMojo is a leading producer of reference online video content, covering the People, Places and Trends you care about.
    We update DAILY with 4-5 Top 10 lists, Origins, Biographies, Versus clips on movies, video games, music, pop culture and more!
  • Entertainment Entertainment

Comments • 12 322

  • highview seeker
    highview seeker  14 minutes back

    If you dont have any weapons or anything u want wrestling and boxing for base

    • Kai Weigel
      Kai Weigel  11 hours back

      50 Seconds and ic can Say....Trust Nobody which is using Films to show you any kind of defends....

      • Flying Sushi
        Flying Sushi  20 hours back

        Good video but no karate or Kung Fu?

        • nitrocks666 ibnz
          nitrocks666 ibnz  2 days back

          I love Bruce Lee style

          • MrSurfingdreamer
            MrSurfingdreamer  2 days back

            So many experts in the comments section. I bet they all beat beat bags every they're jerking off in their mama's basements.

            • andrew harjono
              andrew harjono  2 days back

              2:39 no one talks about this? dude could've died

              • S
                S  3 days back

                Krav maga was developed in the 1930's or 40's BEFORE THERE WAS IDF OR EVEN ISRAEL and it was developed to teach jews in Europe how to defend themselves as a persecuted and hated and constantly harassed religious ethnicity in Europe. The info in the video is bull shit. It wasn't invented "for the IDF" because there was NO IDF or even Israel back then. This happened in Europe, not the Middle East, you fucking idiots. What a total load of shit !

                Research the history of krav maga

                • pocket change
                  pocket change  3 days back

                  9-Muay Thai
                  (legs and arms combinations and some really neat karate blocks)
                  7-Wing Chun Kung Fu
                  (the quickness of these two arts is second to none...trapping, blocking, locks, china plus knife techniques)
                  (I think Aikido is a natural follow up to wing chun dummy techniques...many circular movements and flowing can do so much by ******combining wing chun and aikido*****call it "aikifu")
                  --------#4 to #1---------
                  4-Krav Maga (survive knife and gun attacks)
                  2-Jiu Jitsu
                  1-Jeet Kune Do

                  • afendi ujud
                    afendi ujud  3 days back

                    The art of fighting without fighting he talking abouf ASD EAT MY FOOT.

                    • afendi ujud
                      afendi ujud  3 days back

                      Origin of two sticks/two swords were from Burmese period

                      • Bashi Mash
                        Bashi Mash  3 days back

                        *There is no such thing as a better martial art, but there is a such thing as a better martial artist*

                        • Dre1738
                          Dre1738  3 days back

                          self defense is honestly a load of horse shit (for the most part at least), especially with shit like 0:39 or 3:42, an attacker in a real situation is not just gonna sit there while you do your move on them, the best way to train for a real situation is to just spar

                          • Loup DeFer
                            Loup DeFer  5 days back

                            Jeet kune do it's a concept not a style of martial art.

                            • Loup DeFer
                              Loup DeFer  5 days back

                              Judo is derived from jiu jitsu and it's a sport not martial art .

                              • You! Me? No the other guy.

                                #1 a gun

                                • kurupted wolves
                                  kurupted wolves  6 days back

                                  *She said square up and get ready*

                                  • johhy cereno
                                    johhy cereno  6 days back

                                    10 arnis who is proud to be filipino me.

                                    • sheroz khan
                                      sheroz khan  7 days back

                                      Wing Chun is my favourite

                                      • Julian Hoque
                                        Julian Hoque  1 weeks back

                                        Krav Maga vs Shaolin Kung Fu

                                        I feel like the monks who literally train by being kicked in the groin would be able to counter it

                                        • Exrations
                                          Exrations  1 weeks back

                                          I don’t know pretty sure a gun is the best

                                          • leo alcaraz
                                            leo alcaraz  1 weeks back

                                            Seems like they picked half the list based off movie and tv appearances rather if they’re effective or not

                                            • mr. no life
                                              mr. no life  1 weeks back

                                              8:29 oh god wait dude he enough fuckin hell poor guy

                                              • Bob McDowell
                                                Bob McDowell  1 weeks back

                                                I have been teaching a form of American Kenpo (AKJ) for fifty years and I have trained in Aikido a little, enough to know that it really isn't the best art for self defense. You need an art that has Kung Fu circles and straight lines like American Kenpo or Phillipino arts are also very good for defense. In my mind these are the best for the average person.

                                                10th degree AKJ American Kenpo

                                                • arron young
                                                  arron young  1 weeks back

                                                  Learning any fighting discipline does help in real life situations some Technics can be used some can't be used close quarter combat doesn't have rules the unexpected happens

                                                  • Anastasia Glinchikova
                                                    Anastasia Glinchikova  1 weeks back

                                                    What's funny that this video doesn't show japanese jiujitsu. Peeps seem to forget that this martial art also excists

                                                    • Gregory Guevara
                                                      Gregory Guevara  1 weeks back

                                                      Just signed up for Krav Maga today. First class was killer. Can't wait to go back again this week!

                                                      • Poo Dog
                                                        Poo Dog  2 weeks back

                                                        1u2balls lol

                                                        • Suaim Khalil
                                                          Suaim Khalil  2 weeks back

                                                          As a practitioner of many martial arts I can say that no martial arts is above or below one another. They all have their advantages. Only some are more fun than other. But no one is better.

                                                          • Harekal
                                                            Harekal  2 weeks back

                                                            Silat is Malaysian Martial Art

                                                            • ThatTrend
                                                              ThatTrend  2 weeks back

                                                              The Jason Bourne is kali you idiots

                                                              • Bisam Sapkota
                                                                Bisam Sapkota  2 weeks back

                                                                Traditional Shaolin

                                                                • Empress Lolo Bell
                                                                  Empress Lolo Bell  2 weeks back


                                                                  • itsagooday
                                                                    itsagooday  2 weeks back

                                                                    i didn't know Bruce Lee was a Filipino.

                                                                    • Shradez
                                                                      Shradez  2 weeks back

                                                                      i love the arts styles 6:32 awoo

                                                                      • _____ _____
                                                                        _____ _____  2 weeks back

                                                                        I always thought kyokushin was a sport not self defense

                                                                        • Safe Nasser
                                                                          Safe Nasser  2 weeks back

                                                                          The best is style is having no style as bruce lee said

                                                                          • Demian Reeves
                                                                            Demian Reeves  2 weeks back

                                                                            Why was American kenpo left off this list? Most likely because most don't know there history. The grandmaster of American tempo Ed Parker was instrumental on Bruce Lee's development which according to this list is the best martial artist ever, enough said.

                                                                            • Demian Reeves
                                                                              Demian Reeves  2 weeks back

                                                                              Spell check is a curse. I wanted kenpo not tempo.

                                                                          • Nx LvL
                                                                            Nx LvL  2 weeks back

                                                                            KRAV MAGA!! Boxing should be on there cuz boxers in real fights are brutal muay thai should be first if not boxing or muay thai atleast kickboxing

                                                                            • Munna Kumargiri
                                                                              Munna Kumargiri  2 weeks back

                                                                              Very good matrial art.

                                                                              • aketsuna draws
                                                                                aketsuna draws  2 weeks back

                                                                                If an attacker comes to me i kick them in the shin HYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYA

                                                                                • Emma McLaughlin
                                                                                  Emma McLaughlin  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Here’s how most people have fun:
                                                                                  “Hey tommy you Sean a play catch with a baseball?”
                                                                                  Me: “time to get back on the punching bag...”

                                                                                  • Emma McLaughlin
                                                                                    Emma McLaughlin  2 weeks back

                                                                                    I’ve been in taekwondo training for almost five years now, a lot people get to do normal sports like soccer football tennis lacrosse etc. Here’s me, my version of “fun” in sports is learning how to beat people up, I will say I have a mean hook kick though

                                                                                    • Jacob Rezac
                                                                                      Jacob Rezac  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Is the guy at 1:40 a giant or are the other guys just really short?

                                                                                      • Free Bird
                                                                                        Free Bird  2 weeks back

                                                                                        I agree with everything but I died when you said Aikido.

                                                                                        • El Gio
                                                                                          El Gio  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Half of are only seen on movies lol if were any good it in the ufc.

                                                                                          • Matt Koprulu
                                                                                            Matt Koprulu  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Who the heck puts taekwondo as defensive martial arts. All we fucking do is attack, knock the other guy before ur KO. That's it. We barely have defensive movements lmao. Other than some locks and moves etc which pretty much every single proper martial art teaches u. We have nothing else that's defensive. I suppose a spinning back hook kick to the head is defensive... He's on the ground and Ur safe? Lol

                                                                                            • Miroslav Kaiowas Lukin
                                                                                              Miroslav Kaiowas Lukin  2 weeks back

                                                                                              Aikido is so fake martial can do nothing in a real fighting

                                                                                              • Ghost Zephyr
                                                                                                Ghost Zephyr  2 weeks back

                                                                                                First of all if someone is gonna hit u hit dem back as hard as u can and IF u dont wanna fight just run away these bullshit martial arts aren't gonna help u in any way.
                                                                                                These martial arts onley look good in the movies and not helping in real life