Top defensive martial arts for real-life situations

You are looking for the best martial arts that you can use in real-life situations. In this article, you will learn about best martial arts for self-defense, and you will get to know ONE Championship athletes applying these techniques in each of their respective disciplines.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Mixed martial arts is a great defensive martial art to learn.

Mixed martial arts teaches you a variety of techniques which is quite great. You learn wrestling, submissions clinching, and grappling in close combat while you learn striking on the outside. In doing so, mixed martial arts possibly become the best form of martial arts for self-defense.

When Brandon “The Truth” Vera – ONE Heavyweight World Champion made his first World Title defense against Hideki Sekine, he flawlessly used his mixed martial arts techniques.


Without wrestling any list of martial arts for real-life situations would not be complete.

Wrestling is useful to hold down an attacker til help arrives because it consists of various pin-downs and locks. You will be agile, mobile and good at avoiding takedowns as a skilled wrestler. Also, you will have the skills to get back to your feet by leaps and bounce if you do get taken down.

Every time Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finalist competes, he uses takedowns and scrambles effectively.


Although Taekwondo has earned a reputation for being a competitive sport, the martial art was originally developed for self-defense.

It is a great martial art to prevent would-be attackers from getting close to you since your arms are usually shorter than your legs. This martial art prefers kicks over all other techniques. If you have a long leg with strong kicks it would be a huge advantage.

Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen – ONE athlete and taekwondo specialist shows just head kick could be so devastating.