The 5 least effective martial arts for the street

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Almost every martial art has something to offer in terms of realistic applications; some much more than others.

The main problem in a lot of traditional and exotic martial arts is that they don’t practice against real resistance but claim their techniques will work during a real life scenario. It makes little sense logically. If one never practices against real resistance, how do you know it works against real resistance?

“My techniques are too deadly for the cage.” – This is a classic line. Biting, headbutting, eye gouging, pressure point attacks, and strikes to the groin are the usual ingredients. As if skilled fighters cannot bite, headbutt, eye gouge, or attack the groin, too.

Students must spend time striking and wrestling with other humans, getting hit and wrestled, and learning to avoid these things. And this training must be against completely uncooperative, fully resisting opponents. Cooperative training, no matter how hard, will not prepare a student for the chaos of a real attack.

Here’s a list of the five least effective martial arts out there:


5) Wing Chun

Wing Chun starts our list off as the sixth least effective martial art in the universe. When you see Wing Chun losing on Youtube, there will inevitably be 1,000 comments on the video saying “this is not the real Wing Chun!” Pure, unmodified Wing Chun has, to the best of my knowledge, never won in any multi-discipline full-contact tournament and never will, because its concepts are simply impractical.

Wing Chun
Wing Chun

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