Aquarius wrote: Egon wrote:
Aquarius wrote:Do you guys recommend boxing? I read everywhere that once you start sparring those blows at the head will damage your brain in time...
The gloves do protect the hand at the cost of damaging the brain, which is stupid if you think in mma for example you can hit with bare feet and knees.
This video is about this issue in MMA but the same applies to boxing:https://youtu.be/cVJbmVUtQqA?t=173
That makes a lot of sense. So maybe grappling martial arts like judo or jiu jitsu are better if you don't want problems?
You should definitely do Jiu Jitsu, and with ear protection like Egon says. Make sure it's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Gracie Jiu Jitsu as these are the best. You should add Boxing and Muay Thai for striking. Or learn from someone who incorporate all these styles into a Vale Tudo / MMA / No Holds Barred fighting style. These styles are some of the best for real life situations.
In Boxing and Muay Thai you don't have to hit hard when you're sparring. You can go like 30% of full strength so you get a feel for it. Because of accidents, you still get hit from time to time, but nothing serious. And you can adjust this as you see fit.
In a street fight; I've had friends who've broken their knuckles, and friends who hasn't. All practiced. It all depends on your bones hardness and conditioning. And how good you punch. With Brazilian / Gracie Jiu Jitsu you won't have to bother with this. But it's still a risk because the style is all about getting your opponent to the ground, and to do this you need the take-down or getting close to their bodies. So when you're close up to their body is when they reach their hand around yours and stab you with their knife. This isn't simulation so it's like chaotic stabbing. All it takes is a little bit of timing. And that sucks. So you should definitely have some striking game and Boxing and Muay Thai are some of the best. In Muay Thai you also use your elbows and knees, and learn how to strike from the upper clinch (When your holding unto your opponents head, arms or torso).
I've heard Kali, stick fighting, is good. And I've heard Silat, knife fighting, is good. You can check out all the styles on YouTube and read about them online. You can also check fights where they have compared styles against each other. This is one way of testing it, but take into account the fighter himself, as some are good some are bad. A master of whatever style should be able to beat, or at least have the skill set to do so, any other style. As a master must understand fighting at it's core. When it gets to the physical: Brazilian / Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai are some of the best.
For the advanced Martial Arts applying your Chi and all this HP Mageson and HPS Maxine is talking about, you should look into it. If you combine the physical with the spiritual, and also the mental game of fighting, aimed at street fights (this would be the best scenario to practice for self defense) you should be pretty though.
In Ancient Greece, they practiced Pankration / Pammachon, meaning "all of power" / "total combat", you can read about it online. It incorporated Boxing and Wrestling and other variations. Some seem very brutal like eye gouging etc, but this can be later period when Christianity took a hold. For a culture that valued beauty, and had the Pentathlon events which incorporated spear tossing, running and so forth as these skills was useful in battle and war. It would be stupid to hold events that gauge out the eyes of your opponents. Wouldn't be much of a line up in the phalanx nor a good model for the statues.
The Greeks also trained their soldiers in Pankration, the Spartans used it, some of the best Athenian soldiers where distinguished pankratiast, and it was also a part of the phalanx of Alexander the Great.
The Greco-Roman Wrestling was used as a way of strengthening the body, but today Brazilian / Gracie Jiu Jitsu is best for self-defence because of the submissions and techniques to fighting bigger opponents. If you look at Boxers they are some of the best trained athletes in the world. And Wrestlers are also tip top shape.
There is cautions to take when choosing a gym, because of the world we live in with the Jewish Spell and sub-humans, but also some are not very healthy. Hit hard to the head and so forth. So be careful. Health is the most important, but you must be ready to fight in a real life situation and not just "closed simulated circuits". You should also read HP Mageson's comments on this thread.