Most Popular Types of Martial Arts

Martial Arts is an ancient art of combat practice that comes with rich heritage and traditions. The students of martial arts are taught discipline, self-defense, health and fitness, competition and off course, how to fight.

Here are some of the most popular forms of martial arts:

Muay Thai – Thailand

Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is mostly compared with kick boxing. On the traditional front, this was considered to be structured and choreographed, but has evolved over the years.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Brazil

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu came into existence from the Japanese Jiu Jitsu called the Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals. This form of martial art focused on ground grappling which is very common is MMA fighting competitions around the world.

Karate – Japan

The direct translation of the word Karate is “empty handed’ which means no weapons are used when you are practicing Karate. Karate is known to come into existence around 1300 AD, and the famous 10 Precepts of Karaoke was published in the year 1908. This is a self-defense technique which is widely known for its health benefits also.

Kung Fu – China

The history of Kung Fu goes back to 3000 BC where the Chinese Yellow Emperor is said to be the first person to introduce Kung Fu. The literal translation of Kung Fu is achievement gained from long and hard work.

taekwondoTaekwondo – Korea

After the end of World War 2, the Japanese supremacy over Korea ended and thus was born Taekwondo. It quickly spread to other parts of the world. Taekwondo translate into the way of fist and foot. It is also part of the Olympics which is a matter of great honor. It has over 30 million followers in over a hundred countries making it the most popular martial arts form in the world.