What is best style of martial arts?


This is a commonly asked question. Although very valid, there nevertheless isn’t a definitive answer that the enquirer is looking for because the truth is that there is no best martial art style. “Best” depends on many factors such as:-


Many try to use parameters such as street combat, classroom sparring, competition, grappling, power, technique, etc. as their criteria. However, these criteria are very limited and also are subject to their own conditions that they work best in. Different arts work best in different conditions. Just because a style doesn't do well in what you want out of it does not mean it is a bad style -  it is simply not the right style for you at this stage of your development.


Perhaps the best style for you is the style that you get the most out of what you want from martial arts training – for the moment. When the art that you are currently practising has outlived its usefulness, it is time to look for another that “best” suits your new set of goals.



Written by John Chow,  a practitioner of Chinese medicine, acupuncturist, masseur, healer and teacher of Tai Chi, Chi kung, martial arts and spiritual paths in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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