A Brief Look at the Different Types of Martial Arts

Different types of martial arts exist, each of which has a unique purpose in combat. Some of these styles have been around for centuries, while others have been developed in more modern times. What all these styles have in common is that they teach their followers a form of fighting and allow these individuals to defend themselves when necessary. These martial arts are also divided into different sections such as battle, grappling, and takedown styles, giving people a chance to learn a number of different disciplines along the way. I’m going to look at some that are arguably more in the sports arena than in martial arts these days. Boxing 

Boxing is one of the most popular martial arts in the world due to its popularity as a sport. It is believed that boxing started in 688 BC during the Olympic Games in Greece, as evidenced by records showing people hitting each other during that time. Boxing was also popular in Rome during the same period, with fighters wearing primitive forms of gloves and the bout often ending in death. The sport declined in popularity after the fall of Rome until the 1700s, when it became important in England. This popularity continued and new rules were introduced to make it more of a sport. Thus, hitting a downed opponent was prohibited, as were low blows. Finally, the rules of the Marquess of Queensberry were introduced, which outlined the ring, the use of gloves, and many other rules that are still used today.


Full Contact Kickboxing evolved from Thai-Boxing and other martial arts influences, with the first bouts being seen in the early 1970s. Today, however, it seems to be lighter contact, with a great emphasis on scoring points with light, fast attacks.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai originated in Thailand sometime between 1238 and 1377, as it was prevalent during the Sukothai era. There are a few different aspects to Muay Thai, including kicks, punches, knees, and elbows. A clinch is also used by many practitioners as a way to expose an opponent to these attacks. Gloves are used by fighters, and a good kickboxer can dodge several blows efficiently. This is a relatively new sport as it was originally used for self-defence purposes, but it has become very popular in a short time in various places around the world. Brazilian


One of the most popular grappling arts in the world is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which is mainly based on ground fighting, although it also includes takedowns. Submissions are the main weapon used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as practitioners can choke an opponent or manipulate or break joints using pressure. This is a very effective form of self-defense because experts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lie very comfortably on their backs, which allows them to defend themselves in a variety of situations. The guard position is particularly effective, as it is used to prevent an attacker from dealing you damage.wrestle


is often recognised as the first martial art, as its origins date back to humans, as cave paintings depicting the sport date back as much as 15,000 years. More modern versions of the sport have been around since about 1100 AD, when it started appearing in Europe. Wrestling generally involves takedowns and ground fights, although several forms exist. Separate martial arts such as Judo and Sambo are based on wrestling as they also include throws and knockdowns. Catch wrestling is a subsection of the sport that includes submission and was popular in the early days of mixed martial arts. Wrestling is also a sport in the modern Olympics, using Greco-Roman and freestyle forms. The sport continues to be very popular around the world, and American colleges and high schools often have wrestling teams that compete against each other. It should be noted that, despite its similar name, professional wrestling bears little resemblance to amateur wrestling, as amateur wrestling is a legitimate sport.


It was created by Jigoro Kano of Ju-Jitsu and was originally known as Kano Ju-Jitsu. It’s all about competition. It is translated as the “gentle way,” although often the soft side seems to be forgotten and a lot of power is used. A sport that aims to bring your attacker to the ground with throws or trips and then roll around to immobilise your opponent with locks or pins. It’s good for fitness and can be good for flexibility.


A Russian martial art, which is split into 3 different areas, has a pure sports side, which, although demonstrated at the Olympics, was not recognised by them. There are numerous parallels with Judo.It also has a practical side of self-defense when looking at defence techniques. Finally, it has sambo combat, using techniques from both the above and its own, and applying its own nasty twists.

Kickboxing Sports

Virtually Everywhere-Full Contact Kickboxing evolved from Thai-Boxing and other martial arts influences, with the first bouts being seen in the early 1970s. Today, however, it seems to be lighter contact, with a great emphasis on scoring points on light, fast attacks.


is an ancient martial art that uses open-handed strikes, punches, elbows, kicks, and knees to gain an advantage over an opponent. Practitioners are also taught to block incoming strikes and perform proper breathing techniques to remain successful. In addition to hitting, some forms of karate include throws and submission holds. This gives practitioners the opportunity to defend themselves in any position, which is the end goal of the martial art.


It’s my favorite. As you’d expect, it’s a Japanese martial art that’s been around for a long time. It’s hard to pinpoint its exact origins, but it can be traced back to the Samurai and way before that. It includes everything, pretty much, punches, biting kicks, knees, eye gouges, pressure points, and everything needed to win a fight. Ju-jitsu doesn’t involve attacking as much as some other arts, partly because of its history. This was a battlefield art, to be used when the weapons were lost, but since your opponent would usually be wearing armor, hitting them wasn’t the best option, but throws, locks, chokes, and strangulations all play a part. The level or grade at which you receive some of these classes is strongly determined by the school you attend. Over the past few years, and I mean ten to twenty, there has been a growing revival in Ju-Jitsu, largely focused on the sporting side due to the massive success of the likes of the Gracies, but there are those of us who also like to cover all the other things, the things that sports rules usually keep you from learning. In short, if you want a good all-round martial art, one that is very practical, this is a good one.


Another Japanese art form: In general, the modern art founded by O-Sensei Morihei Oeshiba is an art that is essentially derived from Ju-Jitsu, is more focused on safe disconnection, makes heavy use of circular movements, and is very good at using an attacking force against them. There are many “soft” schools, the “flowery” kinds, and although they have their place, they represent something different from the original. If you’ve ever been thrown by someone who really knows what they’re doing in Aikido, it’s not soft and it works. I always thought people just jumped and went with the throws like Kotegai, and to some degree they do, but that’s because if they don’t handle it a little bit, they lose their pulse. A good flowing art, hard on the joints, especially the wrists and knees, very traditional.


A Japanese art, usually slow and controlled, involves drawing the sword from the sheath, striking or cutting the opponent, removing blood from the blade, and returning the blade to the sheath. Many ceremonies, I’ve had it described as an art of control freaks. I hasten to add that this was said by a 2nd Dan in Iaido! 

Kung fu

Chinese art, which takes many forms or styles, is widely used in movies and can be very showy, but can also be effective if done right. It has become very popular in the last ten years, thanks to movies with Jet Li and Jackie Chan, and then big tours of the Shaolin Monks, where people were amazed by the things they did. It is beneficial to one’s fitness and flexibility, and when done correctly, it can be a useful self-defense technique.

Wing Chun

Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art. Legend has it that it was created by Yim Wing Chun, and it is excellent as a close combat art. good at self-defense at close range. Good on the trapping distance, where a lot of art is let down.

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Some of the moves, when seen or attempted, can be very similar to some forms of Kung Fu.

A Philippine art form centered on sticks and occasionally swords, most of the modern crimes you see tend to focus on the stick work, which is very fast and impressive when done right. Good for attention.

Krav Maga

An Israeli martial art that focuses on close-quarter combat, with the goal of neutralising any threat as quickly and as hard as possible and getting out of there.Used by Israeli special forces, it uses anything and everything to win at all costs. Filthy but effective, a good principal being pushed here is that whatever you do, you keep moving forward. Once you start attacking, you keep going, and I was surprised at how many people struggle with this concept. Although nowadays it tends to focus on the healing, gentle, non-impact style, it is worth remembering that it is still a martial art, and as such, movements, when used correctly taught and applied, still exist to actually cause harm. Although this side seems to be diluting and possibly getting lost, at least in the West, It is good for people who are less mobile, looking at the discipline and health benefits.

Jeet Kune, Dobruce

Lee’s art. No more excuses!Actually, based on Wing Chun and Kung Fu, it was then developed to include other areas, to try to make a “complete” art. So the “Trapping Distance” Wing Chun covers takes better than most others, develops it, and adds extras from other areas. This is pretty much the most modern art I’ve listed here, by far. Taekwondo is a Korean martial art.

Martial art It is worth noting again that real Taekwondo is not what you see in sports like the Olympics. I watched a few matches and turned the TV on! Since proper taekwondo is still a martial art, most of the clubs you will find today will focus on the sports side. Light, fast, and high kicks, as already mentioned, were usually focused on competitions, round forms, or sparring with point scores. It’s good for fitness and flexibility.

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