Best to Worst Martial Art • Martial Arts Journey

Best to Worst Martial Art • Martial Arts Journey

Comparing Best to Worst Martial Arts While many questions and answers are subjective,
it never hurts to develop our critical thinking by looking at various criteria and comparing
it to each other. What martial art is the best has been an endless
debate between many and while there is no definitive answer, it wouldn’t hurt to compare
the pros and cons of various practices to see which martial art has an advantage compared
to others. To exercise our brains, in this Martial Arts
Journey video we will be taking a look at “Comparing Best to Worst Martial Art”. Before I begin calculating points dedicated
to various martial arts and comparing them to each other, there are a few important points
to mention. First of all as I am writing this script I
do not know myself which martial art will prevail and I will try to be as objective,
unbiased and versatile as much as I can in comparing the points. It would also be impossible to compare all
existing martial arts since there are simply too many of them and also I have not tried
them all, thus I will be choosing only some of the most popular martial arts and ones,
which I am most familiar with personally. As for some of the chosen martial arts not
everyone would call them martial arts, such as boxing, yet since many people choose between
traditional Eastern martial arts and Western, often more sports based fighting practices,
for the sake of interest I will include them. Last of all, many argue that MMA is not a
martial art in itself as it is encompases various styles of fighting, yet regarding
that there are plenty of gyms which offer MMA as a practice, thus once more, for the
interest of comparison, I will add it to the list of compared martial arts. That being said, let us begin. The martial arts which will be compared are:
MMA, Karate, Boxing, Wing Chun, Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Shaolin Kung Fu,
Aikido, Judo, Muay Thai and Greco-Roman wrestling, which in total makes 11 different martial
arts related practices. We will be looking at a list of 13 different
criteria to compare them by ranging from effectiveness and variety of techniques, to philosophy and
personal development benefits, which will be scored from 0 to maximum 3 points for each
criteria. If the criteria will be negative, such as
likeliness of brain damage, 0 to 3 points will be removed from the martial arts total
points. Now that the rules are set, let us begin. Many people start martial arts wanting to
learn to defend themselves, thus the first part of criteria list will be focused on this
question, starting with striking effectiveness: MMA, Boxing and Muay Thai clearly prevail
here, since it trains the most contemporary and most pressure tested methods of striking,
thus they both receive 3 points. Karate also relies strongly on striking both
in training and competition and while it’s striking techniques are less effective than
Boxing, MMA and Muay Thai, it definitely deserves 2 points. Shaolin Kung Fu and Wing Chun spend a fair
amount of time developing strikes as well and while their techniques tend to be less
contemporary and not pressure tested, 1 point will be dedicated to them both. While the rest of the martial arts are more
focused on grappling and include very few strikes if any, they will all receive no points
for this criteria. Next up is striking defense, which while is
similar, also has some notable differences. MMA, Boxing and Muay Thai still stay the king
here with 3 points, followed by Karate with 2 points. Shaolin Kung Fu and Wing Chun all focus on
complicated, cooperative training, thus they will receive only 1 point. Also, I will include here that Aikido and
Japanese Jiu Jitsu which technically teaches defense against strikes and also BJJ, which
while not all gyms include defense against striking, still occasionally address the question
of closing the distance when a strike is thrown, giving 1 point as well to each of these practices. A logical next question is kicking techniques
and kicking defense. MMA and Muay Thai offer the best kicking techniques
and defense, giving them both six points in total. Karate also has a strong emphasis on kicking
and it’s defense giving it four points. Meanwhile while Wing Chun and Shaolin Kung
Fu teach kicking techniques and defense, it is not it’s main focus point, thus giving
them a total of two points each. While Aikido and JJJ usually do not teach
kicking techniques it does address some kicking defense giving them one point each. The rest of the practices still stay pointless. While striking and kicking are very important
skills taught by martial arts which allows one to maintain distance, it is sometimes
inevitable that things will get much closer into the clinch range, thus our next criteria
is how well our martial arts perform in a close range. Judo here is undoubtedly the king while it
focuses so much on takedowns. It is also followed by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
and Greco-Roman wrestling both receiving 3 points. Since MMA includes all the previously mentioned
skills, naturally it also received 3 points. Further we have Muay Thai in which the clinch
is also a common place of training, giving it two points. While boxing deals with clinch situations,
since it does not train takedowns it is left only with one point. Wing Chun as well tends to explore close range
situations, yet since it rarely seems to deal with a clinch type of situation, it will receive
only one point. JJJ and Aikido wrist locks and occasional
takedowns could also be used in a close range and while it may be not as effective as the
dominating practices, they both still deserve a single point. Meanwhile Shaolin Kung Fu and Karate offer
very little focus on this range leaving them with zero points for this criteria. Having addressed the clinch, we naturally
move on to ground techniques where Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is obviously the king and while
MMA is heavily based on BJJ they both receive three points. As Greco-Roman wrestling spends a lot of time
on the ground it also receives three points. While Judo teaches ground techniques known
as Newaza, it usually focuses much less on this realm leaving it with two points. It is worth mentioning that Japanese Jiu Jitsu
offers some ground technique solutions giving it one point as well. As for the rest of the practices, the ground
is usually an unfamiliar world to them thus leaving them pointless this time. I will also address the aspect of competition
and live pressure testing as an important aspect of martial arts in terms of making
it effective, which is focused on not in all practices. MMA, Boxing, Judo, Muay Thai, Greco-Roman
wrestling all spend an enormous amount of time drilling their techniques with live resisting
opponents and applying their techniques in competition, giving three points to all of
them. Since competition is an important part of
Karate, it also receives points, yet keeping in mind that only a comparadly small part
of techniques taught in Karate are actually applied in sparring and that a great amount
of time is spent on cooperative training, techniques and kata’s, it is receiving two,
instead of three points. The rest of the martial arts unfortunately
have little to no live resistance training and competition, leaving them pointless in
this category. While some practices already have a good head
start, we will start to move towards more specialized criteria which will give a boost
to certain practices, starting with the question of dealing with weapons, which interestingly,
from our list of martial arts is mainly covered only by Aikido and Shaoling Kung Fu. While it is questionable how effective the
weapons techniques are in terms of actual application, for offering this unique vantage
point, both of the practices deserve 3 points. It is worth mentioning that Karate and Wing
Chun also occasionally include a few types of weapons, thus giving them each a single
point. Where Aikido also thrives is in the aspect
of offering a lifestyle / philosophy, which it is famous for, giving it three points in
this category. Judo, Karate and Shaolin Kung Fu tend to also
offer some philosophical insights thus giving them both two points. I would also like to add at least one point
to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for this criteria as in my experience, personal development and
overcoming the ego are quite often addressed in this practice. Meanwhile Boxing, MMA and Greco-Roman wrestling,
while do sometimes dwell in sports psychology, as they are more focused on the sports aspect
and do not offer a structured approach to philosophy they receive no points here. Wing Chun and Japanese Jiu Jitsu also tend
to be more focused on techniques as well, leaving them pointless. What Eastern martial arts offer as well compared
to Western practices is an Eastern cultural experience, of which some practitioners are
specifically looking for. Since Shaolin Kung Fu, Aikido, Karate, Judo
and Japanese Jiu Jitsu are strongly based on Eastern culture and traditions they both
receive three points. Wing Chun also offers a fairly strong experience
of Eastern Culture giving it two points. Regarding the fact that the Muay Thai dance
ritual is performed occasionally and that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu includes bowing and often
GI as it’s uniform, they also both deserve an additional point for this aspect. The last positive aspect which will add points
to martial arts is the acknowledgment of the self defense gap. While not all practitioners realize, the gap
between martial arts and self defense exists, since self defense is not based only on physical
skills, but also on self defense based knowledge. Unfortunately such martial arts as Wing Chun,
Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Aikido and Shaolin Kung Fu tend to focus so much on physical techniques
that it often forgets to mention the gap that still exists in understanding what self defense
is truly about. Karate, Judo, Boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling
and MMA, having the sports aspect, occasionally do address that sports and self defense is
not the same, but this misunderstanding often enough still lies in these practices, thus
leaving them with two points. The only martial art which tends to be much
more conscious of the self defense gap is often enough BJJ, as this question is often
admitted and addressed and is also strongly emphasized by such figures as Rickson Gracie
and of additional practices belonging to BJJ such as Gracie’s Combatives. As we are moving on to the last parts of the
criteria we will take away some of the points while looking at negative aspects, starting
with the health aspect. All martial arts include some risk to them,
yet some more than others. It is important to recognize that all full
contact sports which include strikes to the head such as MMA, Boxing and Muay Thai can
lead to brain injury and other types of trauma, which leads to all of them losing three points. Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Greco-Roman
wrestling, especially during it’s competition stages may also lead to various injuries causing
them to lose two points. Some of the throws in Aikido and JJJ, while
also considering the fact that sitting on your knees is not everybody’s cup of tea,
which may lead to knee injury leads these both martial arts to lose a single point as
well. As our last point of criteria, for a moment,
we will come back to considering a martial arts effectiveness and what sometimes prevents
a martial art from being effective. One of such barriers for efficiency may be
reliance on overwhelming amount of techniques. While offering various techniques is not a
sin, some martial arts focus so much on offering an overabundant amount of different techniques
and demanding the student to know them all, while in the meantime sacrificing their efficiency. Such martial arts as Shaolin Kung Fu, Aikido
and Japanese Jiu Jitsu tend to suffer strongly from this phenomenon, causing them all to
lose three points. They are also followed by Karate and Wing
Chun which introduce a great amount of techniques of which only a part is actually applicable,
causing them to lose two points each. While more criteria could be named, we already
see the result in the differences of points, yet in the end, it is important to ask – does
it really matter which martial art receives most points? When we take a look at the list of explored
criteria it quickly becomes clear, that there is no martial art or practice which is complete
and that each practice has its strengths and weaknesses and offer unique benefits. The real reason why I wanted to make this
video is to remind everyone, that each practice is unique and while some are better than others
in particular fields, which is important to recognize, in the end they may each suit individuals
needs based on the practitioner. For a practitioner, it is important to know
what exactly we are looking for and to choose the right practice. It is unfortunate when someone chooses a martial
art seeking for something which it does not really offer and sometimes spends years practicing
it without really learning what he came for, yet when comparing different martial arts,
it is also important to recognize that maybe someone is training a certain practice for
reasons, which only this practice can offer and thus deserves our respect. That is why, in the end, it is important to
ask ourselves clearly what we really want to learn and to be critical enough to see
where it is best to find this answer, but also to appreciate each martial art for what
it uniquely offers. This way, each martial art may be the best
martial art for it’s particular purpose. Do you agree with the points given in this
video? What score does your martial art receives
based on these criteria? Let me know in the comments. If you liked the video make sure to share
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  • Martial Arts Journey says:

    Hello everyone, in the end I consider this video to be a failed attempt. I've made it in a period where I was overburned with making too many videos and I feel this was a rushed and forced video. Thank you to everyone who saw the vision behind the attempt, but I wanted to make it clear that this subject deserves a better video and hopefully I will make the right one in the future.

  • Roy Howard says:

    another artificial evaluation — quantifying the unquantifiable to give credibility to a subjective judgement .

  • NoobMaster69 says:

    i think wrestling is overlooked. it might not be the best as a sole martial art but i think it's absolutely needed to combo with others like boxing/muay thai and bjj. also it will build a strong athletic body and give you huge resolve.
    if you don't consider mma as a standalone martial art i'd say the best are definitely muay thai, bjj and wrestling 😛

  • Wright Fight Concepts says:

    Which version of Japanese Jujitsu are you referencing here as a basis for your analysis?

  • Joshua Christofferson says:

    …has Clinch as a category, but gives the home of the Thai Clinch only 2pts XD

  • james Moffat says:

    Judo comes from jujutsu BJj comes from jujutsu. ???

  • james Moffat says:

    All wrong.

  • Sergi Yo says:

    MMA won. What a surprise.

  • Dennis Du says:

    As mike tyson said, they all have plans… Until they get hit…

  • Scott Craig says:

    Watch UFC 1 there’s your answer

  • hunter hunter says:

    WC is only for close combat… you only look for fight versus skilled oponents wc works much better than muay thai in close range versus unskilled fighters

  • Nathan Felsch says:

    Wow, Aikido gets zero from the ground, yet I’ve trained in Aikido for 10 years and we work plenty from the ground. It’s mostly escape techniques to your feet, as they realize that being on the ground is sure death in real life experience were there is no mats or rules, there is plenty of defensive ground training. You are horribly misinformed my friend, and I won’t even mention you giving them a 1 from the clinch which is probably the one place Aikido would greatly shine in any real fight as it is directly influenced by jujitsu and judo and has many of the same elements

  • Sathish Kshatriya says:

    You missed kalari

  • Nathan Adams says:

    Maybe it’s just the specific practice of jjj I do but I don’t feel that this was accurately representative. (I do kyushin ryu jujitsu) and train with 6 different weapons (though usually just once a month until black belt), as part of my training for certain belts you are required to be able to perform certain kicks and strikes on a partner holding pads and defence against strikes is a bit more prominent over defence against grabs/strangles. We also do sparring and ground work competitions though they are optional due to not as many people wanting to do them in our club. By no means am I claiming it should be the best because it is flawed in places but I don’t think it was quite done justice either. 🙂

  • jez warren-clarke says:

    @martial arts journey Rokas, ok I see your pinned comments and acceptance that this not your greatest video, I would however be interested on your views on the subject now that you have been in the ring. Which of the building blocks that make up MMA have u found have the most important or even do you feel that small aspect of a lesser used MA could loose you a fight if not know or used correctly at the right time.

  • David says:

    What works and what does not …. Top 4 that work and Top 4 that will get you killed Top 4 that work in streets 1) Wrestling 2) Boxing 3) Muay Thai 4) BJJ… Top 4 that wont work in 99 percent of the people and get you killed 1) Akido 2) Kung Fu 3) TKD 4) KARATE

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  • Nathan TAMBELLE says:

    as originally from Kick boxing the went on to Aikido then JJJ I would say that there are so many schools of JJJ and some are really modern and some are really traditional. But its very hard to gage martial arts because it depends on the person for a start . I think BJJ is the oly martial art where someone could be a nerd and then learn how to fight . But I have seen Hard men learn Aikido and be devistating with it . Learning 1 martial Arts is never going to get you to be a good fighter in any case. MMA at a goodd club would turn most people into a mean machine but the effictiveness on the street will get them killed. Aikido is good for self defence if the person has the right mentality and not engaging in the fight in the first place and just using movement to avoid engaging … But also depends how its practiced

  • almondbrowne says:

    The over use and misuse of ‘thus’ makes you sound like an idiot!

  • Pat W says:

    Didnt Royce Gracie already prove this?

  • John Doe says:

    Where is Krav Maga?

  • ArgoRebel Gaming says:

    Your knowledge and understanding of the martial arts is lacking. Making this list haphazard at best. All are complete systems, but sports fighting trains with rules and restrictions. It comes down to the individual and their understanding and ability to apply their skill set.

  • MICHAEL JUNG says:

    Martial arts and self-defense are not same. Any style with "do" at the end of the name should be excluded.

    When you add "do" at the end of the style's name, the goal of the style is not the effectiveness of the techniques. Effectiveness maybe secondary. Beauty of the techniques and self-discipline, etc. are more important for the practitioners.

    You're evaluating fine arts using only some techniques instead of the beauty the arts possess.

  • Valerio Vittoria says:

    Hello Sensei, can you research whats the best martial art to start praacticing over 40 or 50 years of age.

  • DarkMetro888 says:

    MMA won..

  • poetry Jamie R Hill says:

    This video was good thank you

  • sarunghakan feng says:

    The history of men as they waged wars, can be considered a whole of martial arts in itself. Firstly, we classify what martial arts is. That can be a gross exaggeration, as posed here, obviously each martial arts has it's points, but in the spotlight of reality, which violence is enacted, brutality, focus, and cunning is used. That's the difference between you seeing a movie fight, and actual war. Whereas one, looks like you're trying to hit an opponent in many places, violence ends it quickly. Although all martial arts of Asiatic, European, middle-eastern, native indigenous tribes, much of their styles have been lost. I forgot but, one time, before Communist China was enacted, many styles were flourishing under every provinces. Unfortunately, much of the west cannot decipher Asiatic martial arts due to obvious cultural, historical lost-in-translation periods.

    But basically, what I'm saying, is there's a 100 ways to punch a chest. But of course it is emphasized as, "I do not fear the man who has practiced 10,000 different kicks, but practiced one kick 10,000 times".

  • Jason Ankin says:

    Your knowledge of JJJ is way off. JJJ has striking, holds, throws, ground fighting, weapons, self-defence and live sparring. Plus judo, bjj, aikido, karate and mma all have their origins in JJJ.

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  • Tanner Keller says:

    I do brazilian jujitsu, kick boxing, and taekwondo in 1 class

  • pa ard says:

    Where did taekwondo go?

  • Francisco Aglairton says:

    You should've studied a little more of Judo. BJJ is just a subset of Judo techniques but it is not rooted in an explicit life philosophy (a "way" just as in aikido and judo). I live in Brazil and BJJ here has been famous for creating what we call here "pit boys" (bullies who seek and often create situations in which to fight and beat other people up – beaches, night clubs, etc). The Gracies created nothing. Carlos Gracie had only 2,5 years of classes with Kodokan judoka Mitsuyo Maeda.

  • Akkhah Nokkhah says:

    MMA and boxing is not martial arts…..becose they dont poses art….they are jst for fighting

  • David Thompson says:

    Just go mad no system fight

  • Genesis Ju-Jitsu says:

    Interesting. But it's quite evident that he has no Idea what the Japanese Ju-Jitsu (many different systems) teaches or how its trained. No strikes???? really? Look at Atemi Ryu Ju-Jitsu …. Atemi are strikes. And no pressure training? No weapons? No self defense? LOL.

  • ScragbyteRC says:

    To list MMA as a martial art as itself makes no sense. MMA is a collective usually of Muay Thai, BJJ, western boxing and judo. Since u listed all the martial arts that make up MMA why list MMA as a separate system? Makes no sense.

  • Crj Crj says:

    I think a big item was not considered…. the individual. Each person has a natural ability toward certain aspects. Some people are naturally better grapplers than strikers and better strikers than grapplers.

  • yatra time says:

    Omg your doing my head in, your a theoretical dick head ! Just stop making these ridiculous videos you have no idea I told what you are talkin about reality is not theoretical it is practical of which you have no knowledge what so ever !

  • kungfuhavok2 says:

    The system isn't the best it's the Martial artist that makes the difference.

  • kungfuhavok2 says:

    I liked the video but ah bit up set that you left off Jeet Kune Do the Martial arts that Bruce Lee made, hands down he was the best in the world. So leaving him off was a touch upsetting. However a lot of the tech in all the martial arts mention fall short in combat because of the factor of not knowing what the enemy across the battle field knows. As a Vet. I can say that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I learned in the army seems to not work for me while I was training in the army. but my own style of mixed Martial arts plus some common since practices seem to work better. granted the Drill Sgt.'s didn't agree. but we also used those Gian't Q-Tips for training too. there for but I loved the video

  • raiden stark says:

    No hapkido, really

  • Shylock says:

    Props for the attempt brother. I'd be fascinated by your perspective on Filipino/Kali knife fighting.

  • Arcion says:

    I thought capoeira was going to make it on this.

  • Angel Kazu says:

    man, who the hell tell you that mma/boxing are "the best kicking technics?" and "the best punching technics"?, boxing and muai thay trikes(basis for mma an kick boxing) have less wheigh and force behing than karate and shaolin because the secound type does not start with shouldes but with the hips!, i practice both types and have been stryke with both too… . Besides, Karate styles(because there are MANY of them) have cometitive cyrcles with real fight as shaolin does too (its call San Da) and the defense techniques in this tyles are far more adaptative and usefull than just close your guard and let the oponent punch you. i can undertand you feel decived about that aikido shitty crap, but dont make a video speaking about something that you don´t have any idea

  • DONALD DUKE says:

    Unfortunately you only consider today's watered down pussy judo which Arnold would term "girlie" judo. The old time bad ass Kano Jujitsu style of Judo includes ATEMI WAZA, or striking techniques, now outlawed in today's sport version. Those in the know recall that when Gichen Funikoshi FIRST taught in Japan it was at the Kodokan Judo Institute where Kodokan Judo and Shotokan Karate were both taught by their founders resulting in many bleed over techniques for both disciplines. But you are correct in observing that today's version has been watered down significantly from the Martial Art version and is now only a sport played like any other game. Very good video. Thanks.

  • jay morris says:

    This is such an assinine argument, it's down to the individual, their training and circumstances. MMA is not a martial Art, it's an amalgam of many with each fighter having their own foundation. A Martial art has its own tradition, ethos and style and it amazes me that someone so young even has the audacity to ask such a silly question. Cross training is the way to go for an all round fighter, Taking whatever feels comfortable and is effective for YOU. As long as you take what you have been practising and apply it physically against other opponents, full force. It's the only way to see if what you have learned is effective against fighters of different disciplines. There is no best martial art. That's such a ridiculous question but it will keep being asked by those either to green behind the ears or someone who hasn't tried them out.

  • Happy; Humble; Hermit says:

    No kyokushin? : (

  • P.!Okita! 89-BEATZ- says:

    Let's redo this listing, focusing only on street fights self defence (not including knife attacks)
    From best to worst:

    . MMA (it's closer to a "complete" set of skills and focus a lot on sparring, bringing it closer to reality)
    . Pugilism (although have zero ground and kicks, it's punches are powerful enough to ko the aggressor in a blink – can fight multiple if done right)
    . Muay Thai (strong punches, kicks, elbows and knees make it great to defend even in very close range)
    . BJJ (can control some situations very fast and clean – or faster and breaking a limb or choking – but has a down when fighting more than one)
    . Judo (quite similar to bjj, adding more throws, but takes control a little bit slower)
    . Karate and JJJ (humm…. will beat those who cannot fight properly or at all with easy, but aside from that, will be beaten)
    . Wrestling (you need to be reeeeaaaaal fast to make it work, better to run, and don't you dare to fight multiple)
    . Aikido, Shaolin Kung Fu (or any Kung Fu for the matter), Wing Chun…. (YOU WILL GET PUNCHED IN THE FACE SO RUN!)

    Remember that fights on the street can escalate REAAAAAL quick, so pay attention and try to run, but if for any reason you have or want to fight, be fast and strike harder than your training.

    Now the list against knife attacks:

    Run and call 911.

  • Parsifal Von Vaterland says:

    How to choose the best martial art by asking 2 easy to answer questions 1. Most importantly, is it enjoyable/fun for you? 2. Has it been proven useful in the early days of the UFC? If you answered yes to both, you’ve found your MA to study.

  • Retheesh chandran says:

    As a package considering all aspects(strike,defence,philosophy and real life street utility) my top martial arts are
    1 kyukoshin Karate
    2 Boxing
    3 MMA
    4 Muay Thai
    5 shaolin kungfu
    6 tae kwon do
    7 brazilian jujitsu
    All these 7 martial Arts are top class and means business.

  • Martial Gentleman says:

    1. MMA
    2. BJJ
    3. Greco-roman wrestling
    4. Judo
    5. Muay Thai
    6. Boxing
    7. Karate
    8. Wing Chun
    9. Japanese Jujutsu
    10. Shaolin Kung Fu
    11. Aikido

  • Jameson 87 says:

    I care about actually defending my self against real violence that could kill me. So I'll stick with CKM and Krav Maga.

  • Kris Olson says:

    1. If in the end you admit that they all have strengths and weaknesses, why make a list like this at all?

    2. Best/worst for what end? Competition? Then they're the best at their respective competition. Self-defense? Then this list needs to be seriously altered.

    3. How does Eastern culture enter into it? Sure, I'm fascinated by it myself as a long-time martial artist, but philosophy just says "hey, what if you lool at the world this way?" Martial arts have really only one major tenet: beat your opponent. Whether that opponent is a rival in a competition, a street gang, or yourself, is generally up to the practitioner. Eastern culture, or Western culture really doesn't matter, unless you thoroughly answer my second point here, wherewith it really needs to be explained how it relates to the criteria.

    4. Many who propose MMA as the best martial arts often forget that few people went there without any previous experience, thus some practioners are better at striking, some at grappling, etc. But even if they did go directly to MMA, this video (to some degree) forgets the time aspect. If you can practice, say, 10 hours per week, and a quarter of that is boxing, a quarter is grappling, 25 % wrestling, 25 % kicking, will that practioner be as good at kicking as someone who practices WTF Taekwondo, where it in many dojang is 90 % kicks, 10 % miscellanea? Maybe, and that is my last point.

    5. What karate style? Shotokan is vastly different from kyokushinkai, from how they practice to how they compete. Kyokushinkai is way more likely to incur injuries during competition than shotokan, since it is a full-contact style, whereas shotokan is not. Gojuryu and shitoryu is generally more traditional with few competitive elements, focusing a lot on practical self-defense, "dirty fighting" (or survival fighting), takedowns, and controlling the opponent. Wadoryu sprung from juujutsu (yes, that's how it's actually spelled), making takedowns, throws, and grappling more prominent than in other styles. Seperate them if you include them, or explain why you don't.

    6. This time it's personal. Literally, since in the end it is the physical, psychological, and societal disposition of the practioner that ends up determining how "good" they can get at anything. Thus, as stated before, someone in MMA may get better at kicking than someone in WTF Taekwondo, depending on their dispositions. For this reason alone I stand with the idea that martial arts is ultimately about self-improvement. If you want to compete, sure, fine, do so. But even if you may have the physical advantage, more experience, etc., there may be any number of things tripping you up during the actual fight: bad shoulder, sleep deprivation, sudden fight with a significant other, diarrhea… So the question is, under the circumstances, did you do all you could?

    In a real fight the only question as to whether it was a success is, are you still alive and well?

    So if you decide to do a similar list in the future, think about these and other (creative) criticism your viewers have given you, or your channel may be recognized as a clickbait channel.

  • darkspawn117 says:

    I feel it depends who teaches you. (This applies to all)

    However, my Wing Chun we do contact sparring (not counting our Chi Sao). We learn how to use certain weapons, and defense against weapons. Whilst there are many techniques than we know what tp do with, the practioner can stick to what they know best.we are also taught some philosophy and about the culture.

    My Aikido we learn weapons and defense against random attacks.

    Muay Thai we didnt focus on any traditional stuff just exercise and techniques, i thought the sparring was good but when i started using my WC in the sparring i was doing better than most of the more advanced MT people. However my MT school just focused on combos over and over the whole class.

    I only did BJJ a couple of months, loved the rolling at the end of each class, was a humbling experience since i only had minimal grapple/ground skill from other styles, however the teachers werent that good at teaching and i had to rely more on the advanced students. (That was at this school though).

    Done some Krav Maga for a year for self defense skills, was great teachers at first with practical repitition but they introduced gradings, so the teaching went downhill and it turned into a McDojo.

    Overall it depends on the practictioner, who is teaching you and how they do it.
    I agree that there is no complete style, but if you get some good schools i recommend Wing Chun (main fighting style), Muay Thai (better striking/kicks and learning to take a hit),
    BJJ (ground defense).

  • Boss Bonsai says:

    Clearly biased towards MMA

  • Caleb Medeiros says:

    Glad you realized this video isn’t quite accurate enough, because Judo is definitely one of the most effective self defense arts

  • mpforeverunlimited says:

    Why does bjj get 3 points for clinch work? Bjj has weak takedowns. Judo, muay thai and greco roman are the only ones that should get full clinch points

  • y moon says:

    These type of videos will always have some level of hate. Even tho u are just broadcasting your opinion. Of course not everyone, myself included, will agree with everhthing you say. But keep it up man. The discussion is something that is fun to have.

  • Eric Dominguez says:

    Why no Taekwondo?

  • Jasen Turnquist says:

    Greco Roman wrestling is far more superior then BJJ

  • Khonsura G.K.Ofei says:

    You do not know this arts well enough to score them. I sense a bias towards traditional art. Not good man. Study them more.

  • superdruid999 says:

    I agree for the most part, id have to mention that a style that gives an overabundance ot techniques also has upsides. If the emphasis in tbe training is mostly on the more practical moves, the other techniques can give you ideas to think outside of the box. Also practicing these moves can be a hell of a lot of fun, like training with traditional weaponry that you probably wouldnt come across on the streets.

  • Dave Padua says:

    judokas has strong ground game bruh wtf

  • StupidBro says:

    Man, like i am BJJ and Judo high level practicioner (I came second on europoean BJJ championship in brown belts) and i really dont know why are you doing video on topic you know shit about. Judo and Japanese Jiu-jitsu have really good striking, kicking and striking-defence techniques called Atemi-waza, also original Gracie BJJ has good striking techniques.
    Than to give to takedown techniques of BJJ same amount as Judo? BJJ has really bad takedown techniques, most BJJ blackbelts can do on OK level double-leg, single-leg and pull a guard.
    The same thing is with groundfighting, like Judo vs Bjj is usually like, that Blackbelts in Judo are comparable to Brownbelts in BJJ, Judo Brownbelts to BJJ purplebelts and so go on, but it is still far better in grappling far better than wrestling or MMA. Japanese JJ also have really good grappling skills and many types of karate have actually OK ground game (yeah, they will lose in grappling against BJJ and Judo, but OK for self defence)
    Best knife-defence techniques have Japanese Jiu-jitsu, also original BJJ and Judo also usually tech some good anti-weapon techniques taken from JJJ.
    Just use at least wikipedia or ask some practicioners before doing this bullshit videos, because for instance don´t give points to Japanese jiu jitsu for weapons defence (even Japanese jiu-jitsu was MADE for fighting against weapons especialy knifes) just shows how small is your knowledge about this topic.

  • António Paixão says:

    Sprinting should be number one.
    You never lose if the basics are mastered.

  • John Smith says:

    What this video then reinforces for me, especially in that end part, is something I've always believed. It is not the martial art you know, but how well you know that art, and how much a part of you it is to where you can act on instinct, thus making it practical for the individual. I trained in a couple of different forms, and I was trained as a pro wrestler, and what I learned I mix together and is such a part of me because of how I was instructed that I can react, for the most part without thought. "Yeah, right: pro wrestling? You can't fight?" Want to put money on that? That's what I mean by how I was taught. I was taught to do things for real so that, when we staged it, the goal was to make you guess just what was not legitimate because it was so well executed. I was also taught why I lock this hold or do this throw in specific ways for the same reasons. Therefore, for me, it is useful, because I mix the strikes I was taught in other forms with my grappling. It's not what you know, it's how well you use what you know.

  • Curt Christensen says:

    You take as much as you can from many arts and form them into a complete fighting style

  • Marc-Andre Levesque says:

    And apply -15 points for any martial arts using rules and +10 on martial arts giving tools to react to unregulated combat. Then this video would not be complete bullshit.

  • Adville747 says:

    Why Escrima is not included?
    Its one of the deadliest fighting system in the world.

  • end of the weak says:

    A highly skilled well trained professional boxer will most likely pick any adversary apart.

  • Elijah Harris says:

    There will be many people in the comments who will complain that their martial art is better, people who need to realize that this is a neutral approach on the judgement of the martial arts

  • GhostRider2224 says:

    There is no best or worst martial art. There are some that aren’t good for other reasons than others.

  • ItzFisH says:


    Jazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Jjrose4321 Ju says:

    muay tai is the best no cap

  • Liam Does says:

    Idk why people are taking this list so seriously wrestling had 1 more point than aikido maybe aikido has some uses but it's not in the same region as wrestling

  • daniel capone says:

    Read about kung fu on the Imperial Combat Arts website. I think that will change your mind about kung fu.

  • Lil Dry says:

    So unaqurate karate is a awsome striking stile

  • Serial Gamer says:

    I honestly don't think of MMA(Mixed Martial Arts) a stand-alone martial art because of it's name. Also, even today and in the past, most of the MMA practitioners have at least 1 black belt in at least 1 martial art and already close to a black belt in some other martial arts. So, I think MMA shouldn't be considered as a martial art as it's own because, although it IS being taught in some gyms, it's still the combination of some martial arts which are chosen by the gyms teacher and which have been out there for at least a thousand year. So, although I like MMA, I don't think of it as a unique style. On the other hand, I don't think being as hard as in such styles like MMA, Muay Thai and Kick Boxing is quite unnecessary. Just because you are in a match and you want to win a medal, or just because you want to be so hard and strong, It doesn't mean that you can or you should hurt any other person who is practicing the same things as you do and maybe even in the same gym. That's why I believe that brutality in those kinds of martial arts should be reduced. When we extract that, all martial arts out there will have the opportunity to meet each other and practice with each other more freely. No offense to you or your work done here but, just wanted to talk my mind. Thanks 🙂

  • Isaiah Nagurski says:

    Muay thai is actually very philosophical

  • zouase says:

    I don’t get y everyone is hating man. It’s not a statement. it’s his personal view and opinion

  • Matthew Luna says:

    All of these arts are equal. Do not listen to this dude. Bjj, and jui jitsu is the same.

  • Matthew Luna says:

    There are more wrestlers in the UFC that do better that BJJ practitioners. This dude obviously knows nothing of fights, but what he has heard. Do not listen to him.

  • Matthew Luna says:

    There are illegal moves in wrestling that are vary effective. Like I said. You know vary little. You should have not made this video.

  • arjoena adhie says:

    No Silat?

  • G Comment says:

    Show taekwondo footage but don’t put taekwondo in the list?

  • KenKane Ki Tokyoo Ghoul says:

    Karate is not uslees wkf ruined it wkf present 5% of karate thats why people think itd uslees look at KUDO and Kyokushinkaikan Karate and u will see which is the most effective martial art. Most of the people won't agree with me but Shaolin Kung Fu and Karate mad all martial arts

  • Ronnie Roberson says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but mma itself can’t be a martial itself because it’s a culmination of other martial arts. Honestly because of the content and seeming subjective point scale, making this video was probably a bad idea.

  • Mauricio León Ruiz says:

    Man I don't think that the brain damage caused by bjj, judo or wrestling is comparable than the one caused by boxing or mma. Good video nevertheless

  • Hbj Jbh says:

    How is Bjj and boxing less effective than karate boxing spars full contact where as karate in most of it styles hardly touch each other

  • Mr Moth says:

    Karate has too much points. It might be quite effective but is not that effective. BJJ is comsidered one of the most effective martial art and karate probably isn't in the top 10.

  • Andrés PONTIGO says:

    This guy was just saying the especialliesed shit for boosting aikido up just because he does aikido

  • jcarney1987 says:

    Your video is so flawed and your concepts are totally wrong. You're deducting points on disciplines based on teachers. Most teachers filled to teach properly. I think you've experienced this most. I also think Wing Chun, karate, and Shaolin Kung Fu are pretty solid disciplines however they're not taught application. I recently met a Shifu who's the master of multiple wudang Kung Fu styles and one of the first questions that I asked him does he allow light sparring and he said if you're going to sparked it's going to be full contact with proper gear or no sparring at all because you get nothing out of like contact. Which what I believe he's trying to say you only get good at Fighting by actually fighting and this is what teachers don't teach. I also think so martial arts or more designed on Surviving and being offencive including low blows eye gouge has which are extremely effective in a real life scenario but not applicable and Sport.

  • Kevin Glugar says:

    Lol talks about clinch and gives muay thai 2 points smh

  • Roland Salazar says:

    You have just shown your ignorance of the different martial arts such as japanese jujutsu, brazilian jiujitsu, judo and aikido. Japanese jujutsu is the father of judo and aikido, and the gradfather of brazilian jiujitsu. The techniques of judo, aikido and bjj all come from japanese jujutsu. It appears you have not even reached the higher ranks of japanese jujutsu to see the comparison. What a pity😢

  • notmyname says:

    8:26 3 points just for being oriental???? WTF?

  • BG BG_IRON_OLD says:

    Bujinkan Ninjitsu

  • Ernesto Morales says:

    No wrestling?

  • not today human says:

    When it comes down to it, just fight. But an even more powerful technique than any other; is "no be there"

  • Santiago Ascanio says:

    karate should not lose points

  • Mr. Knapptrick says:

    To rate it by the rare effectivness is probably the wrong way to go. Martial arts, such as Shaolin Kung fu or Karate usually have a traditional parts, like Kata which trains body, focus and physical Balance, then a sporty part for tournaments, Bunkai (Karate application of Karate vs Karate techniques) and indeed reality (at least where i train). If you go for a traditional comparison give the shaolin monk his sword or stick(what I learnt) and send him to the Boxer… Nope, not fair… Guess we should go for other cathegories such as: energy/cm^2, damage possibility (Karate/Kung Fu and stuff can use their brutal stuff) and the overall test: the knife attack—> no the knife is not able to kill, but the Attacke has no script but the target to Stab our fighterz. No szenario, just back to back 5m distance then fight, and attack out of the view. Nevertheless i like your videos as you try to avoid your own opinion as good as possible👌

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