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There are many martial arts styles to choose from, but if you’re looking to select the martial arts styles that can effectively teach you self defense then these are the ones: 

  1. Muay Thai 
  2. Taekwondo 
  3. Submission Grappling 
  4. Judo 
  5. Wrestling 
  6. Mixed Martial Arts 

Let us discuss all these martial arts styles in detail that are effective for self-defense 

Top 5 Martial Arts Styles 

  1. Muay Thai 

Muay Thai is the king of standing martial arts. Not only for competition but it is also highly effective for self-defense because it involves “the art of 8 limbs”. Muay Thai has various strikes that can be used outside for self-defense when needed.

  1. Taekwondo 

Taekwondo is known as one of the competitive sports, but martial arts were originally developed as self-defense. This martial arts emphasis kicks over all the techniques. 

  1. Submission Grappling 

In the martial arts world, you must have heard “Every match goes to the ground”. Self-defense situations are no different. So if you have to defend yourself on the ground, submission grappling is one of the best martial arts to learn.

  1. Judo 

In Judo, it is mostly said that “It is not the move that matters, but final results that count”. The result of Judo chokeholds, throws, and locks can be devastating. 

  1. Wrestling 

Wrestling is a great defensive martial arts style to learn. Wrestling consists of various locks and pin-downs, which are very useful to hold down an attacker until help arrives.

  1. Mixed Martial Arts 

Any list of martial arts styles for self-defense would not be complete without mixed martial arts. It is great since it teaches us a variety of techniques. 


Muay Thai is still on top of the martial arts styles for self-defense for all kids, females, and adults. 


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