Deciding on what martial arts to learn depends on your body type and how quick you can learn the art form. There are no limits to the types of this art form, and even you can make your own style someday. However, there are a few art forms that are known around the world as the best ones to learn. Here is a list of martial arts styles that you can start learning.
Kung fu is one of the oldest martial arts that is said to be created by the monks of the Shaolin temple behind the great walls of China. It is the most loved art form as it teaches controlling the inner self better than any other art form. The term Kungfu translates to “the ability to do something”. The Shaolin monks did not believe in conserving the art for self-defence and taught their students to control and master their external strength as well as internal strength.
Karate is a Japanese art form first used in Okinawa Japan. The word “Karate” means “empty-handed” which means you will not learn how to use any weapons. Master Gichin Funakoshi is the creator of this art form. He made karate easy to learn for everyone and focused more on the philosophical aspects of karate. Karate has a mix of different Chinese martial arts and mostly consists of unarmed fighting style. Karate uses the techniques of hands and feet for self-defence against the punches and kicks.
Taekwondo is also among the oldest martial art forms in the world. It has a few elements from karate embedded in the basics, but the art itself is one of the oldest in Chinese martial arts. It is also said to have the roots from the traditional Korean combat styles Taykkyeon and Gwonbeop. Taekwondo means the use of hand and foot. It mainly focuses on the kicks and hand stricks which can be the most dangerous compared to any other martial arts.
Judo is one of the simplest and easy-going martial artforms. It means “the gentle way” and uses the techniques of the unarmed martial art styles from the nineteenth century. It consists of several grappling techniques and holds, also having some elements from Jujitsu. Most of the techniques in Judo are focuses on unbalancing the opponent and pinning them down on the ground.
Jiu-Jitsu was developed in Japan but was later brought to Brazil by the famous Gracie family. The style is focused on grappling and fighting the opponent in a close range. The technique uses several pinning down methods to bring the opponent to the ground and continue fighting while keeping them blocked. The art form uses the momentum of the opponent against them and locking them down into helplessness. It can be considered the most dangerous in terms of chocking the opponent or locking them down in a painful situation.