One of the most commonly asked questions in martial arts: “is martial arts good for self-defense?” Although this may seem like a straightforward question, the answer is not so clear. Self-defense is an interesting subject because it’s often talked about like it involves one technique or one strategy. However, this is not the case. When you’re defending yourself from someone on the street, this person could have any number of weapons like a gun, knife, or their own fists. They could also be twice as big as you and have extensive training.

So, in short, most forms of martial arts in and of themselves are not ideal for self-defense. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t benefits to training martial arts. Keep reading to learn more.


Strength is very beneficial in a self-defense situation. If you have no choice but to stay and fight, years worth of training your core, upper body, and lower body will be tremendously useful. Although simply lifting weights will be helpful too, it won’t give you the same edge as actually using dynamic strength gained through martial arts training.

Agility And Endurance

It’s called self-defense for a reason; if you see any opportunity to escape from the fight, you should always take it rather than staying and fighting. Our Brazilian jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts classes here at Brooklyn Martial Arts will teach you great footwork and generally improve your agility, allowing you to escape from a fight more easily. Our training also offers a great cardio workout so you’ll see a nice boost to your endurance.


Discipline is absolutely essential when it comes to any fighting situation whether it’s for training, competition, or self-defense. Training with us will teach you to always concentrate on your opponent and get the high ground in any situation.


Martial arts is all about having superior control over your body and more generally, the situation. You can’t go into a fight, erratically swinging your arms and legs in an uncontrolled manner, and expect to win the fight. Every move should be intentional and with purpose.


Let’s face it, most people have little or no experience fighting. It’s difficult to know what to do to defend yourself if you’ve never actually had a foe approach you. Even if the person is able to overpower you, experience will serve anybody well in a desperate situation.

Contact Brooklyn Martial Arts

Although we don’t recommend solely relying on your martial arts training to protect yourself in a real-life self-defense situation, there’s no doubt that our Brazilian jiu jitsu and MMA training will help you out and may just be the edge you need to make it out on top. At Brooklyn Martial Arts we offer personal training, BJJ and MMA classes, as well as fitness boxing for people of all ages and skill levels. It is our highest priority to foster a safe learning community that is beneficial to everyone. Give us a call today to learn more or to join our training programs.