I will be returning to some kind of regular MA training after a "false start" 18 months or so ago. Aside from this "false start" lasting no more than 3 months, I've no MA experience. Naturally, I've been doing some research online to try to figure out which MA I should do. Although my primary concerns are to do with fitness, discipline and concentration, I do want to train in something which might possibly help to save my ass should I be unfortunate enough to need it.
This consideration has led me to the old "Is ****** effective for self defense?" google search. I tried out a kenpo club the other day, but according to "them that know" in cyberspace kenpo is "useless". I trained for a while with a club in Dublin, and the two main men there are kenpo men and neither of them strike me as the type of blokes who would train in something useless. Both of them are also doormen and I would'nt fancy the chances of most who would chance messing with them. My daughter is doing Shotokan and I've considered joining her but apparently all karate is "useless". Aikido, Wing Tsun and Shaolin are also "useless". I did a litttle bit of escrima but there is no point in continuing with that because that's "useless" to. Oh TKD! That's "useless" to. Capoeira is just acrobatics and we wont even get in to ninjitsu!
It seems that if "them that know" in cyberspace are to be believed. Only krav Maga, Muay Thai, BJJ, Western Boxing and maybe Silat and Sambo are "usefull". It seems strange that all of these other MA's, many of which have been around a long time, would be useless. Ok, from my limited knowlege I can see how a practitioner of any of the "useless" arts might not stand a chance if they happened to get in a fight with a Muay thai practitioner.But given that this is unlikely, surely these MA's are not useless.
So here's the question. All else being equal, who would you give more of a chance if attacked on the street by an attacker with no MA training:
someone with training in one of the "useless" MA's or someone with no MA training at all?