TYPES OF MARTIAL ARTS
Martial art that seeks to resolve conflict through peaceful means.
The Filipino martial arts (FMA) emphasize learning weapons first--then empty-hand skills.
Includes striking, kicking, and grappling, with an emphasis on mimicking animal fighting methods.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a grappling martial art that emphasizes chokes and limb locks.
Brought to Brazil by African slaves, capoeira is a deceptive martial art disguised as dancing.
The Vietnamese art of Cuong Nhu integrates techniques from karate, vovinam, boxing, wing Chun, judo, aikido, and tai chi.
Gatka is the martial art of the Sikh warrior, and is famous for its efficiency with the shaster (sword) and lathi (staff).
This Korean art mixes Aikido’s throws and locks with tae kwon do's kicks.
Iaido is the art of drawing the Japanese sword and delivering a decisive cut.
Jeet Kune Do (JKD):
JKD is the martial art founded by Bruce Lee. JKD is one of the best-known hybrid martial arts, incorporating techniques from all martial arts.
The "gentle" art of arm locks and chokes once used to defeat
Judo involves throwing your opponent to the mat, pinning your opponent with a hold-down technique, or causing your opponent to submit with an armbar or a choke.
Kajukenbo originated in post WWII Honolulu, combining techniques from Korean karate (Ka), Jujitsu (ju), Kenpo (ken), and Chinese boxing (bo)--kung fu.
The "art of the empty-hand", karate involves kicking and punching
as well as the use of weapons.
Japanese fencing derived from the legendary sword fighting schools
of the samurai.
Kenpo took a circuitous route from the Shaolin Temple of China to the modern-day United States, picking up refinements and enhancements along the way.
Krav Maga is the martial art of the Israeli military.
The martial arts of China, and to many, the forerunner of all Asian martial arts.
Derived from samurai warfare, "Zen Archery" sharpens the mind and focuses the spirit.
Lua - Hawaiian Warrior Arts:
Lua is the martial art of the Hawaiian warrior, and is known for fearsome bone breaking techniques.
Muai Thai kickboxing is renowned worldwide for brutal strikes with the elbows and knees. Definitely a serious combat art.
Weapon art of choice for samurai women, it survives today in a sport form.
The martial art of the shadow warrior, ninjutsu is steeped in lore and mystery.
ROSS is a system of Russian martial arts unifying various traditional fist fighting and wrestling styles with imperial military training.
SAMBO, a.k.a. SOMBO, is a Russian style of wrestling popular in international competitions, as well as a combat art taught to the Soviet military.
San shou incorporates wushu, grappling, and kickboxing to make a combat-oriented martial art.
This French style of foot fighting began in the Napoleonic era.
Shorinji kempo extends Chinese boxing with Zen philosophy; at higher ranks, the uniform is the robe of a Buddhist priest.
Silat is considered one of the most effective combat arts.
One of the forerunners to the modern grappling arts of jiu-jitsu and judo, sumo is exciting and action-packed while retaining its traditional splendor and ceremony.
Tae Kwon Do:
Kick-oriented Korean "art of hand and foot fighting" is one of the most popular sports in the world. Styles include ITF and WTF.
Tai Chi Chuan:
The martial art/exercise/cultivator of internal energy. Includes the Bagua (Pa Kua) and Xingyi (Hsing-I) internal styles.
Tang Soo Do:
A Korean martial art popularized by Chuck Norris.
Tukong moosul is a martial art derived from South Korean military Special Forces training.