That is, are all martial arts systems equally good for self defense or are some better than others when it comes to realistic self defense? Are low kicks more practical than high kicks in a self defense emergency (This is obviously "yes" when you don't have a lot of space) are open hand palm blows superior to fisted blows to the face and neck? Is it always a good idea to use an improvised weapon over unarmed combat when defending yourself against an attacker on the streets (Again, I would say obviously yes, but if you disagree go ahead and express your views) Are stances that are obvious martial arts stances inferior when it comes to the element of surprise than a relaxed ready stance that prepares you to defend yourself but doesn't look like a martial arts stance? While I do believe there is value to every martial arts system, I do believe some are better than others when it comes to realistic self defense. All opinions appreciated.