10.) PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING
This is what I’m talking about when I said that what I may put in these top ten lists will sometimes not make any sense. Were you expecting that this list would be made up entirely of real-life martial arts?
Sikaran is a martial art that is very similar with taekwondo, in which kicking is the only way to attack and the hands and arms are used for deflecting blows. In its early days, it has been a gladiator-like game by farmers. There are some variations with Taekwondo and Sikaran, such as in Sikaran, one can make a sweeping motion kick against an opponent’s feet to make him fall off balance, or in Taekwondo, one can punch downwards against an opponent’s chest to create space. It’s a generally unknown martial art even in its home country, the Philippines. I add this to the list because it’s the only martial art I got trained on (about several months of weekly sessions).
There is no Judo or Taekwondo here in this list, because as graceful they appear in competitions, they are impractical martial arts. It is because they are very limited by rules of the discipline. In real life, in a combat, nobody is limited by rules or formalities. In Taekwondo, close range attacks are difficult because punches are generally not allowed. Judo concentrates on throws. Limited. They only look good on competitions.
This is the martial art that Bruce Lee invented. The foundation of it is found in Wing Chun Kung Fu, the discipline Lee learned from his master Yip Man. He created a better version of Wing Chun because he thinks it is too formal and too slow to be used in an actual fight.
So, I criticized limited martial arts like taekwondo. Then why is a “limited” style like boxing, which only uses punches, rank high in this list? Because punching is more accurate and can be made faster than a kick. A kicking discipline has the advantage of the long range, but a kick is designed to hit a broader area – hoping to hit a general area of the body and not a specific part. But the punch can hit that vulnerable part more easily.
Gun Kata is the coolest fighting style in my book. In the first place, in real life, guns are the best and most efficient tools for killing or self-defense. Regardless of what this guy, Mr. "Guns-Have-Limited-Range-of-Effectiveness", thinks:
Don’t mess with Israel. They have the Mossad. They have the Shayetet 13. And they have the most badass fighting style in the world.