What Are Some Different Styles of Martial Arts?

What Are Some Different Styles of Martial Arts?

Judo, Kung Fu, Karate, Taekwondo and Muay Thai are some different styles of martial arts. Many of the most popular styles of martial arts are from eastern Asia. However, there are dozens of different martial arts styles associated with many different cultures around the world, including Brazilian Capoeira, Indian Kalarippayattu, Israeli Krav Maga and Norwegian Stav. Some of the styles focus on unarmed combat, while others use weapons or a mix of weapons and unarmed maneuvers.

Jiu Jitsu is the ancient Japanese martial art from which Judo was derived in the 1800s. Judo does not focus on force or strength for attacking but instead uses the opponent's weight, strength and movements against him. A smaller Judo practitioner is taught how to subdue a larger opponent with throws, unarmed strikes, chokes and joint holds.

Kung Fu is the general name for a style of Chinese martial arts that has been evolving for over 5,000 years. Over the centuries, it has developed many different schools or sub-styles, such as those popularized in movies, including Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do and Jackie Chan's Drunken Boxing.

Taekwondo is an Olympic sport and the most widely practiced martial art in the world as of 2015. Its techniques are artistic and combine style, grace and power.

Muay Thai was developed in Thailand and is the oldest form of kickboxing as a sport. The history of the sport can be traced back to the 16th century.