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hello sir,
         my question is simple that are all martial arts not worthy to be included for self defence or are there other techniques other than martial arts used in SD so if some MA are important what are those i know karate,taekwondo etc are now for show only what about krav maga or systema i am not talking about relying on them but only be prepared for some bad if it happens after all saftey.please comment if you have any other good idea I dont want to waste my precious time in practising hundreds of martial arts because we have to take care of our family and life we are not bruce lee to tarin 12 hrs a day.so any furthur advice is great for my help.thank you.

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Thank you for a great question. Let me begin by saying that all martial arts have a purpose, and a history to support their worthiness and objectives. However, before one is to seek a particular art, he/she should first realize their purpose. Are they looking for a hobby, or interested in the culture, or perhaps tournament style combat, or meditative purposes, or exercise purposes etc. If the answer to that question is simply that they want to learn practical self-defense that can be applied today then they should seek a more functional art.

Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga, Western Boxing, Kali are a few great arts for "functional" combat. Each art has it's pro's and con's. Western Boxing has great hand work and footwork, but no ground. Jiu Jitsu has great ground but no stand-up or weapons, etc. I found Jeet Kune Do or Krav Maga to be the best in today's day of combat. They include all ranges....Kickboxing Range, Close Quarters, Edged Weapons, Batons, Ground, Mass Attack etc.  

Although I would never disrespect or mock ANY martial art, but my experience has shown traditional martial arts such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan, etc to be a great experience but not functional. They lack in live footwork, no ground work, confined by forms and katas,  and were designed in an era where people wore armor...so their tactics were applicable 1000 years ago. But times have changed, and so has combat. This isn't to say that they don't have something good to learn and offer, just not the preferred arts for someone with your interests.

If I were you, I would be looking for a JKD or Krav school. Best of luck! Let me know if I can be of any help.


Sifu Nik Farooqui
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Although I can offer expertise in several areas of "self defense," the following are some frequent questions I often answer. These are just a few examples, and my experience takes me much further than these questions. 1) What exactly is Jeet Kune Do and how does it apply to today's self defense? 2) What is women's role in martial arts/self defense and why should they learn? 3) What kind of things can I do to AVOID combative situations? 4) Is there a particular art or style that I should know? 5) What kind of weapons are involved in self defense tactics? 6) What precautionary measures can I take at home to prevent intrusion? 7) How do I know what techniques I should be using? 8) How will learning self defense change my life beyond just physical gain? 9) How has Jeet Kune Do evolved and why? 10) I've never been in a fight, so why should I train now?

Experience

1) Owner/Chief Instructor of Xtreme Training Academy, and S2 Strategic Defense. 2) Fully Certified Jeet Kune Do/Filipino Martial Arts Instructor under Sifu Paul Vunak, Sifu Thomas Cruse, Sifu Harrinder Singh, Sifu Roy Harris and more. 3) Fully Certified Instructor in Edged Weapons tactics 4) 20 years total martial arts experience including Muay Thai, Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Kali, FMA, Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu, White Crane Kung Fu, and more! 5) Teaching elite military/law enforcement groups since 2004. 6) Teaching civilian classes since 2000. 7) Teachng domestic violence victim programs since 2002. 8) Over 100 seminars taught covering various subjects in 16 states, and 3 countries. 9) First JKD instructor to bring a JKD seminar in Puerto Rico 10) Featured multiple times in SWAT Magazine, Black Belt Magazine, and others 11) Member and Instructor at International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Assoc 12) Featured Speaker at events such as Int'l Chief of Police Conference, Chicagoland Gun Show, and more 13) Recipient of Instructor of the Year, LEO Instructor of the Year, and Achievements in Martial Arts awards. 14) Program and Business coach to nearly 12 martial arts academies/academy owners.

Publications
Author of upcoming book "The JKD Chronicals"

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Bachelors Degree in Accounting 3 year technical degree in Construction Management

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Ballistic Fighting Methods has nearly civilian 100 students including business owners, housewives, sales personnel, computer professionals, college students, police officers, lawyers, ex-military personnel, and more. I would be happy to put AllExperts in touch with several students upon request.

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