Is Taekwondo effective in a street fight

Aikido in a street fight? [Duplicate]

No it is not. But there aren't many other martial arts either, especially the "defensive" or "soft" ones. As others have rightly said, it's likely because it's wrongly taught. But neither have I ever seen it taught properly. Watch this reality show with Steven Segal, arguably the most famous aikido practitioner in the world: he hardly ever uses aikido outside of the dojo. You never see him arrest a suspect the way he does in his films. Usually he just jogs behind everyone else and provides live updates. And the cops he "trains" usually fall back on the things they learned at the academy, knowing that a serious suspect is too tense to allow you to put fancy joint bans on him.

Aikido is ideal when playing with your girlfriend or choosing your younger brother. But if you're looking for an effective "soft" martial art, you should probably check out Judo or Jiujitsu.

Pro tip : If you want to learn how to survive a real fight, try one or more of the following martial arts

  • Kyukushin
  • Greco-Roman wrestling
  • Boxing
  • jiu-jitsu
  • Muai Thai
  • Judo *
  • Taekwondo **

You should stay away from:

  • Any karate that focuses on point-based stop-start fights
  • Aikido
  • Olympia or half contact Taekwondo
  • Any kung fu taught by a suspiciously young white man with glasses
  • Ninjitsu
  • Wing Chun
  • Anything teaching you how to throw fireballs out of your hands and / or use Qi / Reishi / Spirit Energy (this is considered excessive force and will arrest you)
  • Stuff you learn on Youtube from a guy who claims to be a Navy SEAL / Green Beret / SAS / etc.

* Judo You're going to want to be a black belt before you're ready to use judo on some crazy drunk with an attitude.

** Taekwondo You want to train in full contact Taekwondo, not the Olympic or American variants.It looks and is scored very much like Kyukushin.


Also add the Russian Systema there, which should be avoided. It falls under non-contact fireball knockouts. I practiced Kyokushin myself, it was my first MA. I wouldn't call it the ultimate form, but there is a very strong base of what to build on. Not to forget the discipline and respect.


-1. sigh Shodokan Aikido is taught at the Osaka Police Academy, Yoshinkan Aikido is taught through the Tokyo riot police's Senshisei course. Your personal experience with Aikido may be different, but it is certainly not just for playing against friends and seeing little brothers ... I personally know and train with military personnel, police officers and prison guards who have all used Aikido effectively in the field Part of their job.

Captain Kenpachi

I would attribute the relative effectiveness of the Senshisei course to the 33 hours of intense training per week rather than the fact that they practice Aikido. Though I'll admit 33 hours of training a week for 11 months could get you to the point where Aikido (or a subset of it) is effective.

Steve Weigand

While I agree with the idea that there are more immediate practical martial arts than Aikido, I don't like it when people copy it off in full, like you did here, and in a way that is condescending and arrogant ("great if You I play with your girlfriend "). The truth is that practicality all of it depends on how you exercise. Train with non-compliant, resilient live partners and you will be far better off than training by hitting the air. This is why the martial arts you listed seem to work better. Knowing this, you can make aikido work for you. Or anything on that matter.

Captain Kenpachi

Of course you are right. I will not deny it. But I feel it is my duty to lead the next generation in the right direction. There are only a handful of students who will ever have the time, money, and will to take the Senshisei course or train with the Shaolin monks. So for the rest of them, trying aikido or kung fu is a waste of time. You would be much better off trying any of the proven arts.