What's the most effective fighting style for a real life situation? I'm not really interested in competing. I don't mind if it takes a lot of time and training to learn how to use effectively. What style doesn't? I would prefer something that I could start to rely on at least a little bit pretty fast, though. I just don't want to end up training something that's all show or only works in a controlled environment. I want something that ends most fights quickly but will still allow me to hold my own against someone who really knows how to fight. I'm not looking to go out starting any fights. I've just taken a much more serious interest in self reliance lately.