When we are talking about self defense, the faster and easier a technique is the better. Depending on why you are training in martial arts will determine on what you should concentrate on the most.
If for example you want to learn a martial art for the beauty of an art as well as the health benefits of training then learning self defense techniques isn’t a priority for you.
However, if you are training because you want some peace of mind knowing that you know what to do if you happen to be in a violent situation then I would recommend that you focus on learning techniques that cut to the chase and are easy to learn and implement.
For example: The video below shows you how to condense attacking and defending at the same time. This is ideal if you are dealing with more than 1 opponent or if you to throw off your opponent by confusing them. Generally speaking, people are use to doing things like jab, jab, punch. Or another way of saying it that people usually do one thing at a time.
You confuse them when you do something like 2 things at one time. It’s faster and your opponent will be taken by surprise. This isn’t a rule. There are some people out there that are familiar with these type of attacks. In fact they train for these type of attacks. However, your every day joe most likely hasn’t done any kung fu training at all. For that matter, he probably hasn’t done any training at all.
Sidenote: It’s funny to me visiting different martial art forums. I find it fascinating that people actually still argue about what is an effective martial art. You have kung fu people that don’t like karate people, mma people that don’t like karate or kung fu people.
Then you have people who say if you don’t train this way or that way your not really learning how to fight. The raw truth is it’s not the style a person takes that matters. What matters is how a person trains. What really matters is how you train. You will get out of your training what you put into your training.