Beyond fitness, many women have turned to the world of martial arts to help build their confidence. The realities of abduction, sexual harassment and rape make martial arts a necessity in this world. What are the best martial arts and which martial arts should women learn and why?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - One of the most effective forms of martial arts for women is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. According to many, it is one of the most effective martial arts and it was designed to empower people against bigger and stronger opponents. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Rener Gracie explains says "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has been used to defeat larger opponents for over 80 years."
It takes training, but with persistence, BJJ will enable women to deal with real-life situations where they are assaulted and attacked. Grappling removes the powerful punches or kicks that an attacker will use to subdue someone. With BJJ experience, you can subdue a much powerful attacker.
Judo - This is one of the most popular forms of self-defense for women. The techniques, enable a smaller person to throw larger opponents and this is extremely important when dealing with assault situations.
Krav Maga - This martial art focuses on striking vital areas. This martial art also focuses on situational awareness. Similar to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, this martial art does not rely on size.
Muay Thai - Many women have turned to Muay Thai boxing to get themselves in shape and prepare for fights against larger opponents. Muay Thai also increases strength. Working on a heavy bag conditions abs and legs. Muay Thai is also one of the most effective striking martial arts. Effective punches, elbows, kicks, and knees will enable a woman to get away from an attacker, regardless of size.
Women are continually learning martial arts and some do so to build their confidence. Beyond any physical form of martial arts, the first thing a woman can do to protect herself by setting boundaries. Eve Gracie, Jiu-Jitsu teacher, and practitioner says “The most important self-defense tool that all women pose is the ability to set boundaries. Verbal, physical and psychological."