what martial art is quick to learn and you dont have to prance around in a white suit like karate for?

I want to learn a martial art that wouldnt take too long to learn, for instance if someone comes at me with a knife, i can just twist their arm behind their back and bring them to their knees and stuff like that that teach you how to press peoples pressure points and so on,

Anybody know any forms of self defense that I can do. Im not looking for aquick fix and im looking to devote myself, Im just not keen on prancing around in a karate suit and bowing at people for years before i learn anything that I can actually use in a real life situation

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17 Responses to what martial art is quick to learn and you dont have to prance around in a white suit like karate for?

  1. ben c says:

    krav maga.

  2. umm... says:

    no martial art is easy to learn, but you will learn to defend yourself. You have to be real dedicated.
    You start learning from your first time, if you want to stick an art out most associations you have to wear a uniform out of respect etc.
    I do Kenpo Karate which believe me works in the street and it’s really fun art to learn aswell.
    I believe any art is good to learn for self defence.

  3. Ryan B says:

    Krav Maga, maybe?

  4. Numbjunkieshate says:

    OI! it’s called a gi

    look 80% of martial arts is about discipline. it is all about bowing e.t.c. most the people who do martial arts don’t do it because they are looking to defend themselves, that’s why they start but they stay because of the dedication.

    saying that you could try kick boxing. I can’t think about any other martial arts that don’t have any kind of discipline

  5. osok48 says:

    Sorry, there are no quickies in the martial arts. They all take time and dedication to do them right. Otherwise, just buy a good pistol and forget it.

  6. ckerr90 says:

    Taebo is a good one! i have a video of it and its kinda like kick boxing come karate martial arts. Its very fun and makes you’re arms very strong x

  7. fantxtic says:

    They all take a long time because you need to learn to react by instinct rather than consiouse thought,This is done through constant repetition. if you have to think about what you are going to do, you will be on your back spitting teeth before you have landed a punch.

  8. Dinobot says:

    I guess the best answer is don’t treat the martial arts like McDonald’s. You’re not going to become (insert badass here) in 3 months. The Karate you’re speaking of may be a little overly traditional, but there are definitely places that try to apply their arts to modern situations. Watch a class of a place, or talk to the instructor to see what he’s about.

    Krav Maga is not a bad answer, but it’s not really a martial art. It doesn’t have any indigenous pieces to it. It’s more of a system or a way of employing things, be it windpipe strikes, eye strikes/gouges, chokes, karate strikes, jujutsu techniques, what have you, but they practice so these things are done in fast paced, full speed, multiple variable, high stress situations. You won’t be wearing a gi or bowing, but you’ll have to work for a LONG time to become proficient in the way Krav Maga does things.

    I wear a gi to jujutsu practice for lapel grabbing purposes, I bow when I enter the place, and I bow before I spar with someone (my instructor doesn’t even care cuz he’s not all about the tradition). I started out with standing wrist grabs to learn entries into techniques, because you can’t do the technique if you can’t start it. Later I started basic pressure point work (jawline, ulna nerve, serratus muscles, all along the inside of the thigh), knife defense work, and I guess what you’re talking about is a hammerlock, but that’s not a great lock anyway, so I’d do a chicken wing instead. But the point is, it’s going to take time.

  9. ATWolf says:

    Any martial art will take time to learn. Many of them do have uniforms. Few of them are practical for self-defense in a modern context. You would be better off asking the local police station about self-defense seminars than taking classes at the dojo across the street.

    Visit this site: http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/

    If you’re still interested in martial arts, check out the MA section of that website.

    Good luck and stay safe.

  10. R. Lee says:

    go to a karate class where they don’t bow or wear the keikogi. There’s plenty of them.

  11. Jacob D says:

    Krav Maga, Japanese Jujitsu, and MMA (Mixed-Martial Arts) are all good for stand-up fighting, takedowns, and submissions as well as practical, real-world application. And despite what some dude who’s been practicing breaking boards for years will tell you, you WILL improve within your first few weeks of training with any one of these styles. And although after those few weeks you won’t be the very best at the school, that time WILL give you an edge over the average non-trained fighter on the street (even one who’s bigger than you). The deadliest people in the world are the ones who practice these styles and stick with them for a long time, but these styles are very practical and you will start learning skills right away. They’re very fun, too. Good luck!

  12. Twistedtyrefarter says:

    Ecky Thump.

  13. northcarrlight says:

    I was going to say Krav Maga, but as someone who started out thinking as you possibly do about the bowing and speaking a foreign language being unimportant “whats wrong with our own culture?” mentality. I have continued to study karate wearing the white suit and continue to investigate what else is on the market, if you paying for it then they selling it right? My confidence and understanding of people in confrontational situations has increased meaning I am more capable of avoiding the attack in the first place. This seems to me to be more realistic, I am no longer a soft target “victims volunteer they are not chosen” but don’t take that as being 100%. Get into something! do it for fun, for fitness, for practical application of self defense but try it and if you don’t like it try something else, very best of luck with your search

  14. Miss Swanee says:

    Maybe you should just find a self defence course. Lots of places (some martial arts teachers) teach a 6 – 10 week course.

  15. Morebster says:

    “Prancing around” in white suits is just as important as any other part of MA. Maintaining your ghi shows that you have respect for yourself, your fellow students, your instructor and the art itself.

    Admittedly there are things I don’t like about my club. I hate press ups and despise doing kata, however I recognise that they are vital parts of the training and are just as necessary as “prancing around” in my white suit (with a brown belt I might add) and bowing at people.

    I’ve been studying MA for over five years now and have learned blocks, strikes, pressure points, throws, locks, grappling and knife attacks. The one thing that every instructor has taught me before teaching how to defend from a knife attack is that the best thing to do if someone pulls a knife is run… quickly.

    I suggest you learn about respect before you learn about MA.

  16. TERRY H says:

    systema is a very effective fighting art used by the russian special forces.i suggest that would be a good starting point.contact nick-de-paola at ermaa.its easily available on the net and he is based in the midlands .good luck

  17. Zenlife07 says:

    Yes ….Jiu-jitsu!!!!

    Not all jiu-jitsu schools train in white Gi’s ,but saying that forget the colour white and instead digest whats being taught theirs no quick fix in self defence ,just attend class and learn what you can.

    Former jiu-jitsu coach,boxer and bouncer :)

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