I’ve been researching this for a while. What do you guys think? Looking at brutality and the speed with which it can drop an opponent.
In my opinion, Sambo, Filipino Kali, Muay Boran and Krav Maga seem to rank on top.
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How would you define “brutality”?
Kina Mutai would be up there IMO (basically the art of latching onto your opponent and biting/tearing their face/throat off).
Muay Boran (at least in it’s original form) would be up there as well (especially when they used to actually coat their hands with broken glass and such).
Ninpo/Ninjitsu was all about killing/assassinating someone quickly and silently through the use of poisons, stealth, various projectiles, etc…
As far as which arts would allow you to drop an opponent the quickest, that would probably include a pretty long list of arts.
Boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Muay Boran, various karate styles, various gung fu styles, etc… will all give you tools to be able to KO someone.
Jiu-jitsu, judo, sambo, catch wrestling, and other various grappling arts will give you tools to be able to control (and drop in some cases) an opponent very quickly as well. In a life or death situation these controlling holds could be used to do serious damage to the opponent (even fatal in some cases).
As far as what’s the best for self defense, you’ll get a lot of opinions on this question. Everyone has their preferences/prejudices and it’s really hard to say that any one art is unquestioningly the “best” when it comes to self defense.
IMO your best bet is to find a school that teaches multiple arts, that cover the full spectrum of the combative skills, blended together into a cohesive whole and who’s focus is on real world self defense.
It can be tough to find such a school though, look around and see what potential schools you have to choose from. Try out a couple classes at the schools that interest you and then make a decision as to which school best fits your desired goals.