Most people aren't aware that traditional martial arts have been exposed in the past decade as fairly useless in a real life scenario. This was first brought to the limelight when the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) sport began in November 1993. The UFC to date has aired 65 PPV shows and around 10 Cable shows. In the beginning there were very few rules at all and it pitted the martial art styles against each other. What was shocking to the world was when Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Savate, Kenpo, Aikido, Kung Fu, etc, pretty much all of the traditional arts, were consistantly and sounded defeated. Even more surprising to everyone was that wrestling (real, not fake) and other grappling arts like Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (a modified version of traditional JJ) emerged as a undeniably and clearly dominating force. The techniques from the traditional arts were consistantly negated and defeated when a wrestler got their hands on them-which also was surprisingly easy. It wasn't even a fluke as it was pretty much every single fight ending up this way as more and more traditional masters thought that "they" could be the one to prove their techniques were legit. Each and everyone of them failed. That was the past, and this sport has evolved into MMA, Mixed Martial Arts, where the techniques that actually work in a real situation are taken from each and every art and incorporated into a combatants arsenal. These days MMA is no longer about style versus style because that question has been answered. Today the sport is more along the lines of athletes competing against other athletes to see who is the most well rounded. Grappling is still the root of all of todays fighters because without it you're useless. Here are some links that will show you someinteresting footage of the early days when traditional martial artists challenged the emergence of grappling dominance. A kenpo blackbelt challenging Brazilian JiuJitsu grappling in a no rules match http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naWEbPDz80w A Kung Fu fighter challenging BJJ in a no rules match http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN6PvPCrStI A Tae Kwon Do Black Belt challenging BJJ in a no rules match http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN-3R-h1wUI A Hapkido Instructor challenges BJJ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ciYtazMQE4 This one is funny as Mr. Utah, a body builder, challenges a skinny BJJ blackbelt to a no rules match http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RnvaBMlNpI A Karate guy challenges BJJ to a no rules match. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eoRlhQYACw Another funny one as Steve-o of Wild Boys grapples a BJJ girl and the woman totally whips him bad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSh6hQMvXWg Keep in mind that this is more of a style against style thing. These days the sport of MMA has evolved where you have the best athletes learning BJJ, learning wrestling, learning boxing, learning kickboxing, learning Muay Thai, etc. These cross trained athletes of today would demolish anyone in the video's above because they are evolved. The point of the video's above was to show traditional martial arts exposed as being less than practical in a real self defense situation as they have no real grappling training whatsoever. An FBI study even said that 90% of all confrontations (without weapons) end up in a grappling position on the ground. If the vast majority of these situations end up like this, it shows just how unpractical traditional arts like Karate are when they don't give it any real focus. Not to mention, if you've ever been in a High School wrestling room, you see those kids training over and over again by applying their learned moves against someone who is resisting at 100% albeit (no punching). I've been in several traditional martial arts styles and schools when I was younger and it was never like this. I never once was able to, nor did I see training where a guy was allowed to resist you at 100%, especially by grappling you. You can't just instinctively be able to fend off someone trying to put you down if they've trained taking people down 1000 times with people resisting being taken down. They're simply too experienced. I know this is far off of topic but it kinda got brought up by the OP and I think this is very important information. I hate to see people thinking they know how to truly defend themselves when they are completely unaware of what it's really about. For some people this is a hard pill to swallow and their first reaction would be to deny it but it doesn't change facts. It was hard for me to swallow originally but after 13 years of MMA and seeing the same situation played out 1000 times when a traditional art pits itself against a grappler... you just can't change facts. A friend of mine was an incredible Tae Kwon Do competetor. He went and found the best and most competetive schools he could find and trained every day as hard as he could and ended up placing very high at National Tournaments. However my friend holds no illusions. Even he will tell you that he isn't learning how to defend himself in a fight. He says he does it for sport alone and that there are plenty of untrained thugs that would put him down if they wanted to. If any parents here want their child to learn the best self defense possible at a cheap price... enter them into wrestling. It offers discipline, incredible physical conditioning, a potential college scholarship (if they end up being good enough), and a practicle self defense skill. (Please no one bring up multiple assailants because diplomacy and track & field would be the best skill in this situation, not a Traditional MA.) I hope people found this information helpful.