List of Martial Arts Self-Defense Techniques with Videos & Instructions

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List of Martial Arts Self-Defense Techniques with Videos & Instructions

Here are a variety of martial arts self-defense techniques (i.e. defense against headlocks and kicks). These techniques come from many martial arts styles such as Aikido, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Students should only practice these martial arts self-defense techniques under the careful supervision of a trained martial arts instructor. The information on these pages and videos are meant to reinforce and supplement the instruction given at your martial arts classes. To properly understand these techniques, you need to learn them from a martial arts instructor who can provide you with an in-depth explanation of the technique, help correct your mistakes, answer your questions and detail how the technique should be utilized.

Visit the Grappling and Judo Techniques sections for more advanced ground escapes. You can also explore the Joint Locks section for instructions for wrist locks, arm locks, etc. For self-defense punches and kicks, please visit the sections on Martial Arts Kicks, Low Kicks, Martial Arts Punches, etc.

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