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Types Of Martial Arts And Their Popularity

What Type Of Martial Arts Are There?

Martial arts include a large number of sports, styles and systems. Some styles are traditional, and some are modern but they all help in achieving a common goal – fitness and discipline.

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Striking Styles

The striking style teaches its practitioners the ways and means to defend themselves, while standing on their feet, by use of kicks, blocks and punches through hands, knees and elbows. Examples of stand-up styles are Karate, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Taekwondo and Capoeira.

Takedown or Throwing Style

This combat starts in a standing position but ends up on the ground. It uses throws and takedown techniques and includes sports like Judo, Hapkido, Aikido and Shuai Jiao.

Ground-fighting or Grappling Style

This style also involves throwing the opponent down to the ground either to hold him in a dominant position or to get a submission hold and end the fight. This style overlaps with the throwing style too. Examples are Jujutsu, Luta Livre, Sumo, Wrestling etc.

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Weapon-based Style

This allows the usage of a weapon to defend oneself like Kali, Laido and Kendo.

Meditative or Low-impact Style

These styles focus on breathing techniques and spiritual processes. Examples are Tai-Chi, Chi-Gong and Baguazhang.

Hybrid Style

Hybrid fighting styles have grown in popularity as it mixes different styles and techniques to get a unique fighting style. Examples are MMA, Shootfighting, Ninjutsu and Jeet Kune Do.


Certain martial arts are more widespread and enjoy a lot of popularity among the common masses. The most popular martial arts in the world are:

Judo: the first of one of the two martial arts allowed in the Olympics. It involves throw, takedowns, immobilization or otherwise subdues an opponent on the ground. Strikes and weapons are not allowed except as pre-arranged forms.

Taekwondo: characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. Training for speed and agility are defining characteristics. It is the second martial art to be allowed in the Olympics.

Karate: involves moves such as punches, elbow and knee strikes, along with kicks. It teaches self-control and discipline and has 50 million practitioners worldwide.

Ju-Jitsu: is a close contact sport and works on the principle of using the opponent’s energy against them. This is particularly true of Brasilian Ju-Jitsu which specializes in ground fighting. Judo and Ju-Jitsu are closely related except that strikes and weapons may be allowed in competition or free practice.

Martial arts are preferred and offered for children and adults alike. You can perform an online search for “martial arts near me” to find the options. Attend for a trial period to help decide which martial art type you are best suits you.

Author bio:

Cedar Mill Martial Arts favourite craft is Taekwondo.

Demanding discipline, training, patience and dedication, it involves rigorous mental and physical training along with strength and cardiovascular development.
Cedar Mill is a suburb in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area of the United States.
A Licensed After School Program is provided for school-going children with pick and drop services along with martial arts training. The centres are operated by licensed personnel and include snacks, break time, homework assistance along with crafts and creative activities. These offerings are on top of the regular martial arts training offered to students. A child can go directly to these centres after school and make positive use of his/her time.

1 comment:

  1. Sumo has to be a throwing style. There is NO groundwork in Sumo.