Which Martial Arts

  • Aikido Aikido Aikido was founded and developed by Japanese Morihei Ueshiba during the 1920's/30's......
  • Arnis/Escrima/Kali Arnis/Escrima/Kali Eskrima also known as Escrima/Arnis/Kali is a Filipino martial art.....
  • Bare Knuckle Bare Knuckle Bare Knuckle (also known as prize fighting or fisticuffs) means.....
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Jiu-Jitsu was brought to Brazil by Mitsuyo Maeda (Conde Koma) in 1914.....
  • Capoeria Capoeria Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art, that’s history stems from both the Brazilian.....
  • Greco Roman Wrestling Greco Roman Wrestling Greco-Roman Wrestling although named so is likely to be a combination of.....
  • Japanese Jiu Jitsu Japanese Jiu Jitsu Japanese Jiu Jitsu or Jujitsu, Ju-Jitsu, Jiu-Jutsu (roughly meaning Ju=gentle, Jitsu=art) is.....
  • Jeet Kune Do Jeet Kune Do Jeet Kune Do (short JKD) was founded by Bruce Lee and is a mix of various martial arts.....
  • Judo Judo Judo was founded by Jigoro Kano. As a teen he was bullied at school and so eventually took up.....
  • Karate Karate Karate originated in Okinawa Japan through the Ryukyuan people of the Ryukyu Islands, it is believed.....
  • Kendo Kendo Kendo (way of the sword) is a Japanese sword fighting martial art that.....
  • Kenjutsu Kenjutsu Kenjutsu essentially covers all Japanese swordsmanship and goes back a long way to.....
  • Kickboxing Kickboxing Kickboxing is essentially a mixture of Muay Thai, Karate and Western Boxing, with influences from.....
  • Krav Maga Krav Maga The basis of Krav Maga (hebrew for contact combat or hand-to-hand combat), was created by Imi Lichtenfeld in the late 1930′s.....
  • Kung Fu / Wushu Kung Fu / Wushu Firstly we need to mention that the term Kung Fu (Kung=energy and Fu=time) also known as Gung Fu, really embodies the.....
  • Mixed Martial Arts Mixed Martial Arts Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has become a very popular sport. In truth a form of mixed martial art.....
  • Muay Thai Muay Thai Muay Thai originates from Thailand and is known as “the art of 8 limbs/weapons” by using fists, elbows, knees and feet.....
  • Ninjutsu Ninjutsu Ninjutsu (Ninpo) is a Japanese martial art designed around warfare and strategy and used by Ninja’s (Shinobi) during feudal Japan.....
  • Shootfighting Shootfighting Shootfighting was developed from several martial arts and generally incorporates various wrestling styles.....
  • Silat Silat Silat encompasses the martial arts of the Malaysian Archipelago, Indonesia and.....
  • Sumo Wrestling Sumo Wrestling The history of Sumo Wrestling goes back over 2000 years and was used to entertain the gods or spirits.....
  • Taekwondo Taekwondo Taekwondo (the art/way of the breaking hand and foot) is a Korean martial art....
  • Tai Chi Tai Chi Tai Chi (English spelling), also known as T’ai chi ch’uan or Taijiquan is a Chinese martial art meaning ‘supreme ultimate fist/boxing’.....
  • Vale Tudo Vale Tudo Vale Tudo (meaning = anything goes/everything allowed) is a Brazilian hybrid combat martial art.....
  • Western Boxing Western Boxing Boxing has been around for a long time and has evidence of it going back to over 3500-4000 years, with.....
  • Wing Chun Wing Chun Wing Chun (Wing Tsun, Ving Tsun) meaning ‘Forever Springtime’ is a Chinese martial art steeped in legend and folklore and.....

     

 

Which Martial ArtsWhich Martial Arts to take up is a question many people ask themselves. A lot will come down to personal tastes, wants and needs. However many will be limited to what is available to them locally. Why not take a look through this guide, to help you decide which martial art may suit you best.

Firstly let me say that martial arts has now become one of the most popular pass times in the world and is still on the increase. There are so many types, ancient and traditional all the way to modern hybrids, that cover everything from general mental, spiritual/religious and physical health, sports competitions, weapons based training and street/war self defence combat systems.

The term martial art comes from the Roman Greek god ‘Mars’ who was the god of war, giving us the ‘Art of War’. The term now covers just about any fighting system, which encompasses both Western and Eastern cultures.

Although it is likely practised martial arts existed before 1000BC, there is very little documented, although from around 500BC evidence can be found of Chinese/Indian martial arts, Greek wrestling and boxing and Roman gladiatorial combat being used.

From then on with warring states and countries both armed and unarmed combat systems have been developed and used by both the military and civilian population.

In more modern times, we now have thousands of movies, spawning many household named martial arts stars, health and fitness promotions, self defence clubs and classes, TV sporting events and various national and international competitions.

 


What you will find on this site are:

26 of the most popular martial arts (this is not a definitive list).

Each Martial Art listed has:

  • A brief history and background
  • A description of the training involved
  • The equipment/gear used
  • What weapons if any are used
  • A list of celebrity practitioners
  • A list of movies featuring that martial art
  • Images and YouTube videos

Aikido  /  Bare-knuckle  /  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu  /  Capoeira  /  Eskrima/Arnis/Kali
Greco-Roman Wrestling  /  Japanese Jiu-Jitsu  /  Jeet Kune Do  /  Judo
Karate  /  Kendo  /  Kenjutsu  /  Kickboxing  /  Krav Maga  /  Kung Fu / Wushu
Mixed Martial Arts (Freestyle fighting/hybrid fighting systems)
Muay Thai  /  Ninjutsu  /  Shootfighting  /  Silat  /  Sumo Wrestling  /  Taekwondo
Tai Chi Ch’uan  /  Vale Tudo  /  Western Boxing  /  Wing Chun

Also why not checkout the section on street defence arts/combative systems.


Section on Martial Arts of the Olympics:

  • Introduction Introduction The Olympics has always been about man vs man or woman vs woman and from very early on, martial arts in the Olympics as a physical combat has.....
  • Olympic Boxing Olympic Boxing Olympic boxing was part of the ancient Greek Olympic games in the later stages of the 7th century BC.....
  • Olympic Fencing Olympic Fencing Fencing has been practised by the military for centuries and has been a form of competitive sport to demonstrate the skills of.....
  • Olympic Free-Style Wrestling Olympic Free-Style Wrestling Wrestling in ancient Olympics goes way back to 708 BC and has even been documented as a sport in cave drawings.....
  • Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Greco Roman Wrestling was added to modern Olympics in 1896 and is closely related to the original.....
  • Olympic Judo Olympic Judo Olympic Judo was introduced at the 1964 games in Tokyo and has done so for all.....
  • Olympic Taekwondo Olympic Taekwondo Olympic Taekwondo was introduced at the 2000 games in Sydney having been.....

     

 
Each Olympic Martial Art listed has:

  • Background information
  • Weight Classes (if applicable)
  • Common terms used
  • Olympic years for that martial art
  • The equipment/gear used
  • Images and YouTube videos

Introduction  /  Olympic Boxing  /  Olympic Fencing  /  Olympic Freestyle Wrestling  Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling  /  Olympic Judo  /  Olympic Taekwondo

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