Top 5 Best Martial Arts Techniques

These are the top 5 best martial arts techniques of various fighting styles and fight systems.

Self-defense, military and law enforcement applications

Some traditional martial concepts have seen new use within modern military training. Perhaps the most recent example of this is point shooting which relies on muscle memory to more effectively utilize a firearm in a variety of awkward situations, much the way an iaidoka would master movements with their sword.

During the World War II era William E. Fairbairn and Eric A. Sykes were recruited by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) to teach their martial art of defendu (itself drawing on Western boxing and jujutsu) and pistol shooting to UK, US, and Canadian special forces. The book Kill or Get Killed, written by Colonel Rex Applegate, was based on the defendu taught by Sykes and Fairbairn. Both Fairbairn’s Get Tough and Appelgate’s Kill or Get Killed became classic works on hand-to-hand combat.

Traditional hand-to-hand, knife, and spear techniques continue to see use in the composite systems developed for today’s wars. Examples of this include European Unifight, the US Army’s Combatives system developed by Matt Larsen, the Israeli army’s KAPAP and Krav Maga, and the US Marine Corps’s Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). Unarmed dagger defenses identical to those found in the manual of Fiore dei Liberiand the Codex Wallerstein were integrated into the U.S. Army’s training manuals in 1942¬†and continue to influence today’s systems along with other traditional systems such as eskrima and silat.

The rifle-mounted bayonet, which has its origin in the spear, has seen use by the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, and the British Army as recently as the Iraq War.

Many martial arts are also seen and used in Law Enforcement hand to hand training. For example, the Tokyo Riot Police’s use of aikido.