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Types of Martial Arts

Disciplines are typically thought of as a fighting styles. This is obvious since the literal meaning of the word Martial is derived from the word Mars, the Roman God of War. So, the term Martial Arts literally means Arts of War.

There are many different types of martial arts, originating from all over the globe. The most common impression is that martial arts finds it's roots in eastern Asia, this is not always necessarily true however. Many martial arts styles originated elsewhere, such as Europe, Brazil, and North America.

Today, martial arts are often taught as a system of self defense, not offense. Not all styles or practices are designed specifically for combat however. Many self defense martial arts styles include KATAS, forms, and other types of movements or demonstrations that can be used for demonstrations, practice, or personal serenity.

Martial Arts Styles

Popular Martial Arts Styles:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

The premise of BJJ is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes... Read More

Krav Maga

Krav Maga self defense courses are described as eclectic. Void of traditional martial art forms, katas, ranking systems, and traditions it is known as a practial "no nonsense"self defense system... Read More


While joint locks, grappling (ne-waza), and sometimes striking are incorporated, the primary foucs is throwing techniques ... Read More


Boxing is in principle a sport, more than a martial art. Matches are heavily regulated and when it comes to punching technique and power... Read More

Kempo or Kenpo

Kenpo can be considered a mixed martial art in itself as it involves many different types of techniques. Equal emphasis is placed on the use ... Read More

Tae Kwon Do

The foundation is set as the ability to use hands and feet to quickly overcome an attacker. Techniques focus primarily on ... Read More

Muay Thai

Muay Thai involves combatents fighting in a stand-up fasion. The use of hand strikes, knee strikes, elbow strikes, and shin(leg) strikes is... Read More


This art emphasizes on mastering martial arts so that one may receive an attack and harmlessly redirect it. In an ideal situation, not only ... Read More


Kajukembo incorporates joint breaking, combination attacks, low blows, knife defense, defense from guns and other weapons. There are some competitive elements but it's main focus is on realism... Read More