What Is the Best Martial Arts Style?

Hey. Ando here from SenseiAndo.com. Just answering some emails and one question
I always get is, “What is the best martial arts style?” Now, that’s a crazy question. That’s like asking, “What’s the best movie?” Or, “What’s the best food?” It all depends, right? So, I’m going to tell you right up front,
that there’s no such thing as the best martial arts style. But that doesn’t mean the discussion is
over. We just need to ask better questions. So, let’s do that. When someone asks me to name the best martial
arts style, I always answer back with a question: “The best style for whom?” You mean for you? Your grandmother? An eight-year old kid? Who are we talking about? Is this person strong or frail? Aggressive or shy? Are they blind? Did they lose a leg in a bear attack? How can I recommend something to you if I
don’t know who you are or what you’ve been through? I can’t. I won’t. Once I know who you are, the next question
is, “What do you want?” Are you interested in martial arts just to
get in shape? For self-defense? Self-control? Are you looking to compete in tournaments
or make it to the Olympics? Let me ask you—how do you feel about swords? How about backflips? Do you like the sound of a gong? Are you looking just to change up your routine
for a couple of months or are you looking to make a long-term commitment to change your
life? Hold up–it’s possible you don’t even know
what you want. Maybe you just think martial arts looks cool
and you want to be part of it. That’s okay. It’s okay because even if you figured out
the best martial arts style for you today, it may not be the best style for you two years
from now, 10 years from now. Time changes everything. Personally, I started off in Tae Kwon Do. At the time, it was the perfect style for
me because I was an arrogant jerk. I needed to learn how to shut my mouth, stand
in line, and show some respect. But once I figured out how to not be an arrogant
jerk all the time, I realized there were new challenges that I wanted to face and that
required switching styles. Here’s the point—each martial art offers
a different experience. That experience might be priceless to you
at one stage of your life, but redundant or worthless to you at another stage. So, don’t worry about signing up for the
wrong style. Just get started in something and see what
that experience can offer you today. So, now you know– the question isn’t, “What’s
the best martial arts style,” it’s, “What is the best martial arts style for me today?” To figure that out, I’ve got four quick tips
for you. Tip #1: Go visit your local martial arts schools. All of them. Sign up for a trial class or just go sit and
watch a class. Either way, go in and get the vibe. If you feel comfortable, sign up. If you don’t, well, then get out of there
and move on to the next one. Don’t overthink this. Just trust your gut. Oh, and don’t let anyone bully you into
choosing a style. If you like grabbing people and rolling around
on the ground, well, then don’t let a boxer or a Karate guy talk you out of it. If you like sparring and kicking people in
the head, then don’t let some Judo or BJJ guy make you feel like you’re wasting your
time. This is your life. It’s your journey, not theirs. Tip #2: Seek the best teacher, not the best
style. Look, there are some styles that get made
fun of all the time, like Aikido, or Systema, or my beloved Kung Fu. But I promise you, I’ve known guys in each
one of those styles who you would definitely want on your side if a fight breaks out. That’s because, in the end, it’s not about
the style, it’s about the person practicing the style. So, even though we can’t say that one style
is better than another, we can sure as heck say that one student or one teacher is better
than another. So, seek the best teacher you can, not the
best style. Tip #3: Observe the students. If you’re not sure about the teacher or
the style, well, then just take a look at the people who have been training there for
a year or two. Ask yourself, “Is that what I want to be
doing in a year or two?” How about the people who have been there five
years or 10 years? Think about it—your fellow students are
a window to your future. If you want to do what they can do, well,
then sign up and do whatever they’re doing. Tip #4: Practice. Look, even if you knew you had the best teacher
of the best style in the world, if you don’t practice, you’re going to get nothing out
of it. Just because your teacher is famous or your
style is popular right now, that don’t make you bulletproof, boy! There’s a lot more to martial arts than
walking around in a hoodie with a famous person’s face on it. So, remember this—a style serves the student,
a student doesn’t serve the style. If you’re lazy, well, you’re going to suck
no matter what style you pick. So, don’t be that guy. Whatever style you practice, practice. One more thing. There’s a lot of trash talk out there between
different martial arts, which is ridiculous! It’s ridiculous because we’re all on the same
team. The big difference isn’t between the people
who practice this style and the people who practice that style, the big difference is
between the people who practice martial arts and the people who don’t practice martial
arts. I got news for you–to the people who don’t
study martial arts, we’re all a bunch of weirdos! If you practice martial arts, then I’ll
bet your life has gotten better. And I’ll bet you want your friends and your
family to share in that same experience, right? So, instead of trashing each other’s arts,
let’s start promoting them—all of them. Because I’d rather see my friends and family
training in a style that I don’t practice than not training at all. Wouldn’t you? If you liked this video, hit subscribe. To keep up with everything I’m doing, find
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84 thoughts on “What Is the Best Martial Arts Style?

  1. I've got it.
    1. For self defense and street fights = Taekwondo/ Mauytai/ kickboxing
    2. To fu up ur brother = bjj
    3. To show off = Systema
    4. For movies = Aikido/ kungfu

  2. Very good point about how preferences for style changes over time. When I was in my early teens I trained in traditional Isshin-Ryu. It was great for a while, but after college I moved on to American Freestyle – which was a very hard style: full contact sparing, no forms, very aggressive fighting techniques. Both of these styles suited my goals and temperament at the time – and the American freestyle really got me in fighting shape that led me to some kickboxing tournaments. Now, in my 50s – (after a 25 year break from practicing Karate) I have returned to my Isshin-Ryu forms and have discovered new meaning and applications to each one. I could not even think of doing the full contact work at this point of my life. My solo practice of studying the katas keeps me motivated, in shape and has reignited the martial arts spark that I had when I was younger. My 20 year old self would have laughed at me over studying kata, but my older self thanks me 🙂

  3. Excellent video sir, It makes a lot of sense. Very nicely done on this video.
    Keep up the fun videos and have a blessed week.

  4. I think you should practice what you enjoy as in most cases you tend to put more effort into what you enjoy and therefore attain more proficiency in that art. And surely it's better to be good at a martial art you enjoy that arguably in the views of others isn't the most efficient than trying to train in something you don't enjoy that's seen to be 'better' than other arts as the chances are you won't stick with it and will never become proficient in that art anyway.

  5. Sensei thank you for ur wisdom i agree each style is ment to suit those who benifit from it i belive in being well versed in many martial arts to beter understand the meaning behind each one and to find balance in your arts and to find your inner chi and to find friendship with those who u spar, train, and teach with, if we as martial artists promote and share points and teachings we can help many to better understand peace and balance in all things and to help others understand that martial arts is not just learning how to fight for self defense but also to find who we are ment to be and to help control our emotions and to strengthen our mind and body's where there is weakness but most importantly to learn that all things have a purpose on this Earth and in the universe though each martial art has something different to offer they also have similarities in different ways and together different martial arts combined bring balance to the others to form a powerful combination and I agree we should not as martial artist talk trash on the other different martial arts but rather share knowledge with one another to better the understanding between each martial art as a martial artist I highly respect you and would like to thank you for bringing a better life to those who you teach

  6. I have heard this question asked or argued about so many times over the years.
    This is by far the best answer i've ever heard. Well said !
    Great job

  7. I think that is good information
    Good video
    Good tips
    Good background
    Good laptop
    Good uniform
    Good way to speak
    AND Good person

  8. I heard that the origins of Kung Fu came about when some bloke was walking down the street and heard his name being called out! When he looked around,a brick hit him right in the kisser, knocking all of his teeth out!!😖😨….He then said "Which kung fu that!"😂🤣lol

  9. I like what your are saying My base is Boxing, then I decided I wanted to learn how to use my feet against any Boxer. So I learned some Karate, then got into Thai Boxing and TKD. I tried a few other styles. your right it depends and the person.

  10. im 18 y/o turning 19
    im a girl and super fat im shy and
    im thinking that i want to learn how to defend myself and tobe fit atleast alittle

    im short and im weak im fragile ithink?
    can you suggest what style are atleast fit for me?

  11. Do you have any advice for people who have to wear glasses. I started karate years ago and dropped out because I kept getting my glasses broken.

  12. Combat Sambo – Russian martial art with Judo + wrestling techniques such as throws, takedowns and submission locks but with more focus on leglocks . Also has striking including punches, kicks, headbutts, and groin strikes

    Muay Boran – Ancestor of Muay Thai, way more deadly and violent than its sport counterpart. made to kill

    Boxing – Throw punches perfectly and improve footwork

    Silat – Very deadly and effective Indonesian martial art thats made to kill

    ACT Armed Combat and Tactics – realistic weapons training and sparring

    Sanshou/Sanda – Chinese kickboxing with throws takedowns and leg sweeps, in other words a combination of kickboxing + wrestling. the most effective form of kung fu

  13. my kyokushin karate is 30 min one way so i need just 1 h for traveling…next to me i have ju jitsu and mma. what advice would you give me?

  14. I love your open and non-biased approach to questions like this! Your answer was great! I've already chosen my art and have been training karate for coming up on three years now. But I enjoy boxing and grappling too. My karate teacher encourages branching out.

  15. I have been trying tiger style kung fu, i do for 2 main reasons

    1) to help build physical endurance so i am physically more superior than an older version of me 😉

    2) and another reason is that….

    Heck martial arts looks cool, i mean nobody can lie to them selves and say
    "oh this is lame"

    It looks cool and i surely am looking forward to future training and sparring 😁

  16. I can tell the best food (for humanbeing) is the organic, fruits, vegetables, the fish and seeds.
    Something is "The Best" and other thing Absolutely different is "The best for you"

    "The best for you" is in fact a individual opinion. A preference.
    But "the Best"

    Let beside the facts that if you are undisciplined, even if it is THE BEST martial art, you are f*cked.
    Let beside the tournament and they're rules.

    So let's talk about a well teacher, a disciplinated student, In a real life situation.

    Tae kwon do (in 1400) can kill a soldier (a 1400 Korean soldier) but 2019 Tae kwon do is NOT the best martial art. For soo far. And every body knows that.

    Jui jutsu is good martial art. It's effective.
    More probability of survive in a no-fire weapon battle. Because
    1.dominates ground.
    2.The practice of this martial art is (till nowadays) based on constantly intention of dominate the partner (the effective mode of kombat in this martial art)
    It's consistent and it's effective.

    Let's talk about kung fu.
    From the biggining of the ages, kung fu was the base of many martial arts around Asia, (and the world)
    (even of Karate.)
    Practical, psicológical, acrobatic, even metaphicis knowledge, and the opinion of many OTHER martial arts Masters (not students…) , of MANY OTHER martial arts, say by his own opinion and EXPERIENCE kung fu es the best most effective martial art.

    Is a good martial art.
    It's fists are quick, devasting, lineal.
    It's F*king effective.

    Muay Tai, the same thing (add knees and elbows)

    Krav maga: IS NOT a martial art. (beggibign for that point. And I make its mention here, because I must make a contra-propaganda)
    It's zionist bullshit.
    The reality, is that was made by buying (and stealing) techniques of some many other martial arts (like kung fu and jui jitsu) ((no shit, there is a Israel version of kung fu shaolin..)) the true is that its (supposed to be) a militar defense system.
    very late
    people wake up and find out they was wasting they're mone and time. The true is that the Krav maga particiones of the "best army of the world" round the Muslim Palestinian kid, mother, pregnant mother, civilian, and then kik is/her ass (with no sistem at all) , an then make a circle and masacre shooting. But when it comes to militar defense system (we can call jui jitsu and even kung fu too) there is no contest to SYSTEMA, The Russian militar A true military sistem. Of the best army.
    of the f*king world.

    So, there is the Best martial art. Of course.

    It does not mean that there is not another good martial arts, nevertheless. That doesn't mean that you will be less happier in one of another even if it is not the best. That doesn't mean that if you don't practice well you're gonna fail no matter if it is the best martial art.
    That doesn't mean that a TKD particioner are always destined to fail or a kung fu guy will win all the battles.

    But when it comes to martial arts /defence system, there would be always the best,
    the bad,
    and the worst.

  17. Excellent, well thought out yet simple advice that covers all the key points when considering what martial arts style to practice. I’ve been promoting martial arts to my friends and family in the same way.
    I couldn’t agree more that you can fell in love with a style but the teacher is the one who will make you stay or move on to the next school or even style. I did 3 styles of karate and aikido, because I moved around a lot. Aikido is the only one I couldn’t get into, but I still appreciate the experience.

  18. There's no perfect martial arts style. There I've saved you 6 minutes. But for starters, you can just the most basic styles. Chinese martial arts. Get yourself familiar with it then you can do whatever you want.

  19. Yeah I just started taking an Okinawan style karate in Cincinnati Ohio. Before this I knew next to nothing about martial arts. I took a look at some other dojos as well. You confirmed my theory that the style doesn't really matter but how dedicated the student is.

  20. Glad you finally asked! There is such a thing.
    It's Taiji, the art of the great extremes.
    All people, all ages can learn from this teaching. The practice is possible lying down, in a chair, standing, flying. It is the best.

  21. Muaythai is still on top van damme knows from the kickboxer. Muay thai fighters get 200 and f fights I mean they train and fight for real no kata stuff

  22. There is no such thing as the best martial art style every martial art style is unique in its own way it just depends on on the fighter and how well you or with it.

  23. Hum .. looking to add to my arts I'm a dancer injury to knee and foot prevents me from certain moves . I was thinking Gracey jujitsu might be good .. to one defend myself and to tone up more

  24. sensei ando i joined a karate class shito ryu and i was scared i stayed there and practiced two days and my sensei told me to sparring and when i sparred with a newbie like me i got nervous and cant punch him not because he is dodging because my fist wouldn't and I quit cause I was scared now I'm going back cause you know its better to learn than nothing but im scared and gonna be scolded or getting an embarrastment from my newbie cause i saw him getting a orange belt while I didn't even get a white belt I feel scared and ashamed can you help me sensei Ando to not be scared in
    a fight please.

  25. My personal picks for the most effective Martial Arts: Boxing, BJJ, JJJ, Wrestling, Judo, Muay Thai, TKD and Hapkido.

  26. Hi sir.. love from India.. I find you immensely motivating guru.. you really know how to inspire people to be better.. thank you and God bless you!

  27. I am 60 now, I started in my early 20's in Taekwando,High kicks, styles oh we love to see those spinning high kicks,makes you look so awesome,But thats all fine for contest of the sport , even though I can still kick high,I dont … Now my style has changed,I am 60 so its about self defense, center line hits, low kicks to the knees, strong leg and hand forward,cus my goal now is to end a fight/attack quick or before it even gets started. Its about protection for me now…And thats one way you can tell what style you want! competition's or self defense and stay in shape.P.S. I always stayed in shape by lighting weights also not over done body builder style, not to build mass but stay firm and strong,I have always done planks keep my core strong,but not for abs or looks simply to stay strong….. Good video and good advice….

  28. I believe the legendary Huo Yuan Jia said it best: "I believe that there's no superiority or inferiority in Wushu. Just the distinction of practitioners with different levels of ability. Through training we can discover this and meet the true self. Because indeed the antagonist is namely ourselves. Only through training, can one recognize one's true self."

  29. Hey Ando, saw you on an old fight tips video. Just subscribed to your channel. Was hoping to flip the counter to 200k.

  30. Main: Muay thai
    Support: boxing
    Support 2: judo
    Support 3: taek won do
    Support 4: kioukushin karate
    Support 5: jet kune do

  31. When I was younger I was more upbeat I started off with Kickboxing/Krav Maga I am 31 now older more into the spiritual side of martial arts so doing Traditional Okinawan Karate 🥋

  32. To be honest it is never about the style an individual practices, it is always about the individual. I have been saying this for the longest. Blessings


  34. I admit when i watch some martial arts tips on youtube on work place,i usually get up and head to toilet and try some tips i learn there.
    yeah we're bunch of weirdo

  35. I agree, Sensei. It's ok to start one style then switch to another. As you say, you may not know exactly what you're looking for until you get into it then at least you may know 'this isn't it.' I just realized that I've watched a few of your vids and enjoy them but I hadn't yet described. Just did, Tang Soo!

  36. Hey ando I really appreciate if ya can help me with what’s the best martial art fo me I’m 20 started some martial art 3 months ago n looking for to be strong self defender I didn’t know any martial art before n I wanna be best martial artist not for competition just to feel good hope ya got me thx luv ya

  37. 1 Get a gun seek out a firearm instructor

    2 Train striking with live sparring

    3 train grappling with submission again live sparring is a must

    weapons training (knives and improvisational weapons)

    Live sparring is the most important part of any martial art
    Katas are great however they can only get you so far and too much kata with too little live sparring can hyper inflate your ego.
    Ego is your enemy.

    If a school claims their art is too deadly to sparr a different school ASAP! It’s probably a Mc dojo.

    Martial arts don’t have to be combat effective to bring meaning into your life. Statistically you’re more likely to be injured in a martial arts dojo then in a street fight.

  38. Tip no 2, Teacher. If you want to learn for self defense only, find out 1'st if the teacher won't force you to compete. Save a few buck on registration fee.

  39. Aikido. What horseshit. And I mean what true and utter horsheshit all of it, all in all. Shouldnt even be called a martial art. All those ridiculous compliance moves and pitifully choreographed techniques. Not even worthy of watered down tai chi in a hostile situation I swear. Bloody fake martial arts and money laundering fools.

    Also stay well away from bujinkan as well. They are the laughing stock of the whole martial arts world like you would never imagine. No kidding at all.

  40. Very professional 👍 I practice Kung fu because I believe it’s very artistic and has moral and a culture behind it.

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