Although I am sure this has some truth to it depending on each persons level of training and experience, the fact is most Americans do not have near the training necessary for a close quarter combat scenario.
Fact is this, unless you have an extensive background in many different styles of martial arts the best alternative for self defense is arming yourself with a personal defense weapon.
Many of the skilled martial artist's who fight in the Mixed Martial Art competitions today find they are skilled in stand up boxing or Maui-Thai Kickboxing but when the fight ends up on the ground, their ground fighting skills are in serious need of work.
Remember these guy's train hundreds of hours in a gym against opponents with better training.
In my 23 years of training in the arts of Ta-Kwon-Do, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and Karate all of my master instructors taught that the only winner of a fight is the person that never got into a fight to start with, however if you are interested in investing in your self defense training, I would suggest one of the following styles; Brazilian Jiujitsu Statistics show that most altercations end up on the ground with opponents ground fighting trying to gain the upper hand on the other.
Brazilian Jiujitsu teaches ground fighting skills, joint manipulation and submission holds.
Acquiring these skills can make a difference between being a victim or walking away from an attack.
Krav Maga Krav Maga is an eclectic hand-to hand combat system developed in Israel which involves wrestling, grappling, and striking techniques.
This fierce combination of skills give users a well defined array of tools to defend against personal attacks.
However, as with BJJ, dedication and determination is required to reach an attainable level of training necessary to be successful.
Aikido Aikido on a purely physical level it is an art involving some throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu.
Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you.
It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.
Although all of the arts are very effective in defending ones self, it is suggested that a personal defense weapon be added to the personal defense arsenal.
What the general public does not know is that usually when a fight goes to the ground in a close quarter combat scenario, both opponents involved sustain some sort of injury or another.
Is a ground fight can be avoided by utilizing a personal defense weapon from a distance, well, then it goes without saying that it is the best course of action.
A good rule of thumb to follow is this, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE OUT THERE WITH BETTER TRAINING AND SKILLS THAN YOU