The Most Popular Martial Art Styles

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This might sound like a crazy idea the most people, paying money to visit a place where you get beat up every single time. However, studying a martial art can be very rewarding for both your overall well being and your fitness. Choosing the correct study is vital if you plan on enjoying yourself and if you want to stick with it. Therefore, we decided to include some of the most popular martial art styles to help you make a more educated decision.

Kickboxing/Muay Thai

Kickboxing is essentially a blanket term which is used to cover everything involving kicking and punching. However, Muay Thai has a couple of distinct features. Established in Thailand, it’s basically a century-old practice that involves first and feet as well as elbow and knee strikes along with clinch which is stand-up grappling. Muay Thai is extremely popular in the UFC, and if you are interested in seeing the technique in a movie, we highly recommend watching Ong Bak which stars Tony Jaa.

Wing Chun Kung Fu

This is a close-range martial art that originates from China with a focus on your balance. It also has a very rich traditional history. This martial art style incorporates relaxation techniques which helps keep your body in perfect shape. Wing Chun Kung Fu includes rapid punches that make for entertaining on-screen combat, and if you’ve never seen Ip Man, we highly recommend checking it out to see what this style is all about.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

This martial art style is essentially a ground-break grappling technique that managed to break off from Judo during the early 1900’s. Royce Gracie dominated the UFC tournaments with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as the main objective of this martial art style is do place your opponent in submission with a hold that either inflicts too much pain or knocks them out. You will find loads of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu action when you watch UFC events.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga literally translates to ‘battle contact’ in Hebrew, and it’s probably the best description for this martial art style. It was initially created by the Defense Force in Israel to be used during real-life situations when it comes to combat. Apart from throws, kicks, and punches, it also teaches scenarios in real-life like how to successfully disarm your attacker. Rubber guns and knives appear in training. The Discover series called Fight Scene provides excellent demonstrations of how this martial art style can be used.

Tae Kwon Do

This martial art style hails from Korea and is considered one of the broadest styles of study. Tae Kwon Do has more followers when compared to other martial art styles and is even an Olympic sport. Tae Kwon Do attacks include throws, kicks, and punches. This style is one of the most thrilling events every summer during the Olympics. You will also find loads of gyms that teach Tae Kwon Do techniques. If you are interested in performing moves from this martial art style, you merely need to play Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter to see what it’s all about.