Im aware that self protection is 90% non-physical, and that the goal is to never let a fight develop, but Im wondering which art/sport you feel teaches the most applicable style to self defense. BJJ obviously is a highly effective art, but is not good for self protection because it relies on taking it to the ground. Judo is possibly right up there, but as an olympic sport isnt a whole art any more in my eyes, and very few places taech the art as it was before IOC rule changes. I guess any striking sport would be good, muay thai is my personal favorite. But I think it comes down to the philosophy of the art more than the techniques it contains when dealing with self protection, but if you were teaching a self defense course and had experience in one art to base if off of, what would you choose? if you could take the techniques of a single art and change the philosophy, what would you teach?
I ask becasue I want to start training in MMA, but with the focus on Self protection rather than sport, so that means approaching it with a differnet mindset. I already play games with sparring in TKD now where for example I use a fence as a guard. Yes, its not very effective for the sport, but it acheives my aim. Instilling good self defense tactics through sparring and I can see that its working because I find myself using the fence naturally instead of conciously.
Watching people like, say, ronda rousey fight is intriuging to me becasue the way she strikes is so completely different to the way a pure striker strikes. I was going to learn muay thai because I think its a brilliant art, but thinking about the ronda example made me realize that my whole personal style is going to be dictated by how I approach gappling, as well as striking, so I need to think about both, and come up with a self defense applicable style that works for me. I think my main aim will be to punch from the outside using evasive footwork, and if an opponent closes the distance use the thai clinch to land a few powerful knees allowing me to disengage. Anyway, im going off at a tangent, but which arts do you feel teach the techniques that can best be applied to a self defense philosophy?