baldrick05 saidI've never felt the need to learn a martial art, I guess I have been fairly lucky living in very rural areas most of my life and not having any problems. If i was to choose a martial art what would you suggest? What do you think of Aikido?
I've been training in Krav Maga for over a year now and I really like it. I would definitely recommend trying this if you could only learn one thing.
Krav Maga (translates to Contact Combat in Hebrew) is the highly effective battle tested Israeli system of self defense, fighting skills and defensive tactics. Unlike most martial arts, Krav Maga is essentially a tactical defense skill. Its philosophy emphasizes threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggressive endurance in a 'him-or-me' context. Krav Maga is still used by the Israel Defense Forces and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement, Mossad, Shin Bet, FBI and United States special operations forces. It has also been adopted for civilians.
There are no rules for Krav Maga fighting, and no built-in distinctions in training between men and women. Techniques generally focus on training combatants in conditions approximating real-life scenarios, teaching people to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent encounter. It emphasizes using the most natural, quickest, reflexes of the body, exploiting the opponent's vulnerabilities to their extreme and using the aid of any available objects. It is specifically designed to be used by anyone and everyone no matter their age, gender, size, health condition and other factors.