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10 Types of Martial Arts You’ll Want to Check Out


With all the different types of martial arts out there it can be difficult to figure out just which one is going to be right for you. Which is why you want to know a little more about what each one is about so you can make an informed decision. That information, is right here for you.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is ground grappling with the right amount of leverage and force. If you’re a smaller opponent who wants a chance against someone larger and stronger, this is for you.


Structure and rules are the way of boxing, pitting you against a single opponent in a timed bout of various punches. Essential to boxing is the efficient use of one’s footwork.

Muay Thai

Also known as the “The Art of Eight Limbs”, Muay Thai originated in Thailand and is characterized by stand-up striking. It uses the entire body to attack and defend.


A full-contact sport with roots and a history primarily tied to Muay Thai and Karate. It uses various strikes, such as kicks, punches, elbows and evasive maneuvers


One of the earlier known forms of martial arts that developed on the islands of Japan. It uses nearly all parts of the body to achieve mastery of the body and mind.


Flexibility in the legs is essential to Taekwondo which is most known for the spinning and high kicks that make up part of the training.


Also known as the “gentle way”, Judo develops character as well as discipline in those who practice this ‘modern martial art.’ Its main objective is to subdue an opponent through takedowns and throws.

Kung Fu

Blanket term for many Chinese styles of martial arts. The slow movements and postures of Kung Fu make it an ideal practice for many types of meditation.


Uses grappling techniques in a combative scene. Wrestling is used as a type of entertainment as well as a combative sport.


The only of these martial arts that requires the use of a ‘weapon.’ Considered combative but still civilized as no serious injury can occur when wearing the right protective gear.



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