Monday, 11 October 2010

Types of Martial Arts

Generally, martial arts can be broken down into five distinct categories: Stand-up or striking styles, grappling styles, low impact styles, weapons based styles, and MMA (A Hybrid Sports Style). Along with this, the emergence of MMA has caused quite a bit of mixing of styles in recent years to the point that a lot of dojos don't look quite the same as they used to. Regardless, below are some of the more well-known styles.

Striking or Stand-Up Styles

  • Boxing
  • Karate
  • Krav Maga
  • Kung Fu
  • Kickboxing
  • Tae Kwon Do
Grappling or Ground Fighting Styles

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Russian Sambo
  • Shootfighting
  • Wrestling
Throwing or Takedown Styles

  • Aikido
  • Judo
  • Hapkido
  • Shuai Jiao
Weapons Based Styles

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  • Kali
  • Kendo
Low Impact or Meditative Styles

  • Baguazhang
  • Tai Chi
  • Chi Gong based styles
MMA- A Hybrid Sports Style

  • MMA

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