Three Underrated Fight Disciplines

Crushing the competition with Pencak Silat, Krav Maga, and Ninjitsu

Eli Blueby Eli Blue

Looking to move away from base MMA disciplines Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, and Wrestling? Here are three defense systems or martial arts not as popular and not as effective in real-time combat, but intriguing in its own right for its culture and fan base.


Pencak Silat

Pencak Silat is part dance and part limb snapping. Flailing hands and aerial gyrating hips with swift kicks down opponents in this ancient Malaysian martial art. Some popular weapons of Pencak Silat include the kris, a dagger with a curved blade, and a batang or a bamboo staff.

Watch Pencak Silat in action


Krav Maga

Developed by the Israeli armed forces and by police officers around the world for self defense, Krav Maga is a "by any means necessary" form of fighting that utilizes street fight techniques eye gouging and neck snapping. Started in the 1940s by Imi Lichtenfield, a Hungarian boxer and wrestler who migrated to Israel, this hand to hand combat system uses natural instincts to create a dynamic set of movements and choreographed moves.

A Krav Maga highlight reel



Not to be confused with jiu-jitsu, the Brazilian ground combat system that uses a body's leverage to product powerful locks and submissions, Ninjutsu started in Japanese under ninja tutelage.

An excellent documentary on Ninjutsu (pt 1 of 5)