Recently I've had a number of homeless people threaten me in my area and it's made me wary for my personal safety. I'd like to learn a martial art to feel more secure in my ability to defend myself should anyone start a violent altercation, and I think that those that focus on joint locks, especially the arms, would be most useful from a self defence perspective, non-lethally incapacitating the attacker.

BJJ seems to be close to what I'm looking for, are there any other martial arts which focus on joint locks and which would be useful for self defence?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is asking how to be a thug, bully, and actively harm others. Legally, you will get arrested and jailed for assault ← I might not be a lawyer nor play on on TV but I am confident in this. – Sardathrion Aug 14 at 6:28
  • Oh, I'm not asking for that. I'm not looking to pick a fight rather if someone assaults me it's my legal right to stand my ground. That's why I would use a hard style art to disable them in the process rather than using a softer style like one would use if you get in a fight with a friend. It depends on state from state but most you need to perceive a reasonable threat. If someone gets in your personal space and starts making serious threats you're legally allowed to just strike. I think Vermont is one of the few states where you have to flee. – ZeroPhase Aug 14 at 6:42
  • I'm going to avoid that fight as much as I can. I can actually even technically strike first if I believe he is about to strike me. Honestly, even if the person deserved any injuries I'll feel terrible afterwards. Plus, I'm sure I'll be spending a year in court. This is only reserved for instances where a direct threat was made, and I reasonably believe I have no other option. There's a guy that lives on the street by my apartment who has made multiple threatening remarks. I cannot afford to give him money. nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/… – ZeroPhase Aug 14 at 6:57
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    Also when it comes to MA recommendations - the instructor is more important than the art - and personal preference plays a massive role too. If you want to take MA classes go ahead - visit all the ones in your price range in your area and pick your favorite. If they are worth anything they will get you actively avoiding these situations in short order anyway – Collett89 Aug 14 at 7:37
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    "Hard" and "Soft" are not very definitive labels in my opinion, although the idea of them breaking down to "meeting force with force" and "redirecting your opponent's attacks" isn't a bad start. I've refrained from commenting on the question namely because it did come off as overly violent, although the description does bring to mind Tom-Yum-Goong where Tony Jaa employs muay thai to break the arms of multiple mooks in various manners, but my understanding was that he invented muay kodchasaan for the film. – Sean Duggan Aug 14 at 12:45

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