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   Martial Arts, as defined by Wikipedia are codified systems and traditions of combat practiced for a number of reasons such as self-defense; military and law enforcement applications; competition; physical, mental, and spiritual development; entertainment; and the preservation of a nation's intangible cultural heritage.

  Although the term martial art has become associated with the fighting arts of East Asia, it originally referred to the combat systems of Europe as early as the 1550s. The term is derived from Latin and means "arts of Mars", the Roman god of war. Some authors have argued that fighting arts or fighting systems would be more appropriate on the basis that many martial arts were never "martial" in the sense of being used or created by professional warriors.

  This list of 150+ different martial arts styles provide you with details about their kata, fighting techniques, etc. Click each one for more information.


Martial Arts StyleDescription
Aikido Aikido is a Japanese martial arts style focused on redirecting the attack away from you. Aikido concentrates on throwing, joint locks, traditional Japanese weapons, etc.
Aikijujitsu Aikijujitsu is a sub-genre of Jujutsu. In contrast to Jujutsu, Aikijujitsu focuses more heavily on blending with the opponent, moving joint-locks, and other esoteric principles.
American Kenpo American Kenpo is a hybrid martial arts style. It is also known as Kenpo Karate.
Angampora Angampora is a Sri Lankan martial arts that focuses on unarmed combat, grappling, weapons and pressure points.
Bajiquan Bajiquan is a Chinese martial arts style that is famous for its explosive power and elbow strikes.
Bajutsu Bajutsu is a Japanese martial arts focused on military equestrianism.
Bando Bando is a martial arts style from the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).
Bartitsu Bartitsu is an English martial arts that combines boxing, cane fighting, jujutsu, etc. Revival of this martial arts is due to renewed interest in Sherlock Holmes (as he was a fictional master of Bartitsu).
Bataireacht (Irish Stick Fighting) Bataireacht is the martial arts better known as Irish stick fighting.
Bojuka Bojuka is a self-defense system focused on grappling and strikes to an opponent's vital areas.
Bojutsu Bojutsu is a weapon-based martial arts focused on the long staff (Bo).
Bokator Bokator is an ancient Cambodian martial arts that includes grappling, strikes and weapons training.
Bokh (Mongolian Wrestling) Bokh is a traditional wrestling martial arts that was practiced by Mongol warriors. It is better known today as Mongolian Wrestling.
Boxing Boxing is a martial arts style focused purely on powerful punches.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a Brazilian martial arts style focused on ground fighting (i.e. grappling).
Budokon Budokon is a hybrid system that combines martial arts training with Yoga.
Bujutsu Bujutsu is the Japanese martial arts of the Samurai.
Butthan Butthan is a martial arts from Bangladesh. It is focused on subjects such as mediation, self
Canne de Combat Canne de Combat is a French martial arts that focuses on a sports version of cane fighting.
Capoeira Capoeira is a very fluid and acrobatic martial arts style from Brazil.
Catch Wrestling Catch Wrestling is a grappling martial arts created in the late 1800s that combines techniques from wrestling, Judo, Jujutsu and other grappling martial arts.
Choy Li Fut Choy Li Fut (or Cai Li Fo) is a substyle of Kung Fu that combines long and short
Chun Kuk Do Chun Kuk Do is a Korean and American hybrid system created by Chuck Norris (martial artist and movie star).
Combat Hapkido Combat Hapkido is seen as a spin
Combat Hopak Combat Hopak (or Boyovyy Hopak) is an Ukrainian martial arts supposedly derived from Cossack military traditions.
Coreeda Coreeda is an Australian aboriginal martial arts focused on wrestling.
Cuong Nhu Cuong Nhu is a Vietnamese
Daido Juku Kudo Daido Juku Kudo is a Japanese martial arts that practices mixed martial arts techniques while wearing a traditional gi.
Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu is a traditional Japanese martial arts focused on unarmed combat, throws, strikes to vital areas, joint locks, etc.
Dambe Dambe is an African martial arts focused primarily on boxing but it also uses kicking techniques.
Danzan Ryu An American hybrid form of Jujutsu. It is also known as Kodenkan.
Defendo Alliance This European martial arts is focused on realistic self
Defendu A British martial arts created by William Fairbairn and Eric Sykes. This system was taught to Office of Strategic Services agents and Allied troops in World War 2.
Dumog Dumog is a Philippine martial arts focused on wrestling.
Eagle Claw Kung Fu Eagle Claw Kung Fu is a Chinese martial arts known for its gripping techniques, strikes, joint locks, takedowns and pressure point attacks.
Enshin Kaikan Enshin Kaikan is a Japanese martial arts that utilizes the Sabaki method (which seeks to turn an attacker's power against him). This martial arts involves kicks, punches, sweeps, throws, etc.
Eskrima, Arnis & Kali Eskrima is a martial arts style from the Philippines focused on the use of stick and blade weapons (i.e. Yantok). This martial arts is also known as Arnis and Kali.
Fencing Fencing today is mainly an Olympic
Fu Jow Pai Fu Jow Pai is a Chinese martial famous for its "Tiger Claw" style.
Gatka Gatka is an Indian martial arts focused on weapons, especially swords.
Glima Glima is a Scandinavian wrestling
Gongkwon Yusul Gongkwon Yusul is a Korean hybrid martial arts that includes elements from Hapkido, Jujutsu, Judo and Boxing.
Gungsol Gungsol or Gungdo is a Korean martial arts focused on archery.
Haidong Gumdo Haidong Gumdo is a Korean martial arts focused on sword techniques. It contains elements similar to Kenjutsu and Iaido.
Han Mu Do Han Mu Do (or Hanmudo) is a Korean martial arts style. It is seen as a "smoother" and more "open hand" cousin to Hapkido. Hanmudo students also train with weapons.
Hanbojutsu Hanbojutsu is a martial arts that utilizes the Hanbo (a 3 foot wooden staff).
Hapkido Hapkido is a Korean martial arts style focused on punches, kicks, throws and joint locks.
Hojojutsu Hojojutsu is a Japanese martial arts that uses ropes to restrain or disable an opponent.
Hung Ga Hung Ga (or Hung Gar) is a southern Chinese martial arts that combines 5 animal styles (Crane, Dragon, Leopard, Snake and Tiger).
Hwa Rang Do Hwa Rang Do is a Korean martial arts that includes sparring, self
Iaido Iaido is a Japanese martial arts focused on the drawing of a sword (bokken, iaito or shinken) from its scabbard. This martial arts relies heavily on katas (forms) and does not utilize sparring.
Iaijutsu Iaijutsu is the combat version of Iaido.
Icho Ryu
Itto Ryu
Jailhouse Rock Jailhouse Rock (JHR) is a martial arts system that was developed in the US prison system.
Jeet Kune Do Jeet Kune Do is a martial arts style created by Bruce Lee (martial artist and movie star).
Jojutsu Jojutsu (or Jodo) is a Japanese martial arts focused on the short staff (Jo).
Judo Judo is a Japanese martial arts style focused on grappling, joint locks and throws.
Jujutsu Jujutsu is a Japanese martial arts style focused on joint locks, holds and throws. It tries to redirect or manipulate the force of an attack in order to defeat the attacker.
Jukendo Jukendo is a Japanese martial arts focused on the bayonet.
Juttejutsu Juttejutsu is a Japanese martial arts that focuses on the martial arts weapon known as the Jutte (Jitte).
Kajukenbo This is an American martial arts style that combines techniques from many different martial arts such as Judo, Karate, Eskrima, etc. It was designed to be effective in real world self
Kalaripayattu Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial arts style from India.
KAPAP KAPAP is the Hebrew acronym for Face
Karate Karate is a Japanese martial arts style focused on punches, hand/elbow strikes, knee strikes and kicks. Major Karate styles include the following:
Keijojutsu Keijojutsu is a Japanese martial arts focused on police stick fighting (batons).
Kendo Kendo is a Japanese martial arts style focused on sword fighting (i.e. Bokken and Katana).
Kenjutsu Kenjutsu is a Japanese martial arts style focused on sword techniques. In contrast to Kendo, Kenjutsu is less focused on sparring.
Kenpo or Kempo Please visit the American Kenpo section.
Keysi The Keysi Fighting Method is a self
Kickboxing Kickboxing is a martial arts style focused on powerful kicks and punches.
Kino Mutai Kino Mutai (Kina Mutai) is a Philippines martial arts that uses unconventional tactics such as biting and eye
Kobudo A Japanese (Okinawan) martial arts focused on weapons training. Weapons used include the bo staff, sai, tonfa and nunchaku.
Kokondo Kokondo is a style that combines techniques from Karate and Jujutsu.
Krabi Krabong
Krav Maga Krav Maga is a martial arts style from Israel focused on winning in "real life" combat situations.
Kuk Sool Won Kuk Sool Won is a Korean martial arts focused on strikes, kicks, grappling, joint locks, weapons training and healing techniques.
Kumdo Kumdo is a Korean sword
Kung Fu To'a Kung Fu To'a is an Iranian martial arts style that combines Kung Fu and Yoga.
Kyudo Kyudo is a Japanese martial arts style focused on archery.
Kyujutsu  
Kyusho Jitsu A martial arts focused on targeting pressure points.
Laamb Laamb is a Senegalese martial arts that combines wrestling and punches.
Lathi Khela Lathi Khela is a Bangladeshi stick
Leopard Kung Fu (Bao Quan) Leopard Kung Fu is a Chinese martial arts that focuses on aggressive speed and agility to defeat an opponent.
Lerdrit Lerdrit is a military martial arts used by the Royal Thai Army.
Lethwei Lethwei is a Myanmar (Burma) martial arts that is similar to Muay Thai and Kickboxing. However, Lethwei has less restrictions as this martial arts allows techniques such as headbutts.
Linh Quyen Dao Linh Quyen Dao is a Vietnamese martial arts.
Lua Lua is a traditional Hawaiian martial arts that focuses on bone breaking, boxing, wrestling, weapons, etc.
Luta Livre Luta Livre is a Brazilian grappling martial arts known in Portuguese as "Free Fighting".
Malla Yuddha
Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program is focused on unarmed combat, knife training, bayonet techniques, etc.
Military Martial Arts Military martial arts are martial arts styles used by and/or developed for the military. They are designed for real
Mixed Martial Arts Mixed Martial Arts utilizes techniques from a variety of different martial arts styles (i.e. wresting, jiu
Monkey Kung Fu (Hou Quan) Monkey Kung Fu is an unorthodox and acrobatic style used to disorient and attack opponents from unusual angles and positions.
Muay Boran Muay Boran is a Thai martial arts. Modern Muay Thai evolved from this martial arts style.
Muay Thai Muay Thai is a martial arts style from Thailand. It is similar to kickboxing but also involves elbow and knee strikes. Given its powerful kicks and knee strikes, Muay Thai is often an element of MMA training.
Naginatajutsu Naginatajutsu is a Japanese martial arts style focused on the long pole weapon known as the Naginata.
Nam Hong Son Nam Hong Son is a Vietnamese martial arts.
Nhat Nam Nhat Nam is a Vietnamese martial arts.
Ninjutsu Ninjutsu is a martial arts style developed from the techniques used by ninjas (Japanese spies and assassins).
Niten Ichi Ryu
Niyuddha Niyuddha is an ancient Indian martial arts focused on kicking, punching and throwing.
Nunchaku Do Nunchaku Do is a martial arts focused on the sports usage of the Nunchaku (Nunchucks).
Nunchakujutsu  
Okichitaw Okichitaw is a hybrid martial arts that combines the traditional fighting techniques used by the Cree Indians (Native Americans) with techniques from martial arts such as Taekwondo and Judo.
Panantukan Panantukan is the boxing component of Filipino martial arts. Panantukan is not a sport, but rather a street
Pankration This Greek martial arts style combines grappling, kicking techniques and boxing. It was part of the first Olympics in 648 BC.
Pencak Silat Pencak Silat is the name used to refer to a variety of Indonesian martial arts.
Pradal Serey Pradal Serey is a Cambodian martial arts similar to Muay Thai and Kickboxing. Pradal Serey is well known for its use of elbow strikes in order to win a fight.
Praying Mantis Kung Fu Praying Mantis Kung Fu is known for its redirection, joint manipulation, pressure point attacks and trapping tactics.
Quarterstaffing The British martial arts that uses a 6
Sambo Sambo is a Russian martial arts style. There are two main types of Sambo; Combat Sambo and Sports Sambo.
Sanshou (or Sanda) Sanshou is a martial arts style developed for the Chinese military. It is focused on combat training and combines elements of kung fu, grappling and self
Savate (French Kickboxing) Savate is a French martial arts style focused on boxing and kicking. No knee strikes are allowed.
Shaolin Kempo Karate Shaolin Kempo Karate is a hybrid martial arts that combines techniques from Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate and Asian wrestling.
Shaolin Kung Fu Shaolin Kung Fu is a well known style of Kung Fu. This martial arts was developed by the monks at the Shaolin Temple in China.
Shin Kicking Shin Kicking is an English martial arts or combat sports where the contestants kick each other in the shins until one withdraws from the contest.
Shintaido Shintaido is a martial arts that combines Karate, Kenjutsu and Bojutsu with spiritual and mediation elements.
Shootfighting Shootfighting is a combat sport similar to Mixed Martial Arts. It is focused on techniques from "Muay Thai Kickboxing and total body Submission Grappling".
Shorinji Kempo A Japanese martial arts that combines personal growth, health and spirituality with self
Shuai Jiao A Chinese martial arts focused mainly on wrestling and grappling techniques.
Shuri-Ryu Shuri-Ryu is a martial arts that combines elements of Karate and Kung Fu.
Sibpalki Sibpalki is a Korean martial arts that teaches close combat skills that were utilized in the late 1700s.
Sikaran Sikaran is a Philippines martial arts focused almost exclusively on kicking.
Silambam Silambam is an Indian martial arts focused primarily on staff fighting.
Silat Silat is a Southeast Asian martial arts style focused on strikes (i.e. elbow and knee), throws, takedowns and weapons training.
Siljun Dobup Siljun Dobup is a sword
Sojutsu Sojutsu is a Japanese martial arts focused on spear fighting.
Soo Bahk Do Soo Bahk Do is a Korean martial arts that grew out of Tang Soo Do.
Special Combat Aggressive Reactionary System (SCARS) This martial arts program was taught to US Navy Seals in the 1980s and 1990s.
Ssireum Ssireum is a Korean martial arts focused on wrestling.
Sumo Sumo is a Japanese martial arts focused on wrestling.
Systema Systema is a martial arts style used by some Russian special forces (i.e. Spetsnaz).
Taekkyeon Taekkyeon ia a Korean martial arts focused on low kicks, leg sweeps, trips, pushes, etc.
Taekwondo Taekwondo is a Korean martial arts style focused primarily on punches, blocks, strikes and kicks (i.e. spinning hook kick).
Tahtib Tahtib is an Egyptian martial arts focused on stick fighting. Students generally train with a 4 foot wooden stick.
Tai Chi Tai Chi is often seen as a "gentle" martial art because many seniors use its slow movements in order to improve their health & balance and to reduce stress.
Taido Taido is a Japanese martial arts that combines elements of Karate with gymnastic maneuvers & dynamic movement.
Taiho Jutsu Taiho Jutsu is a Japanese martial arts that was originally designed to help feudal police arrest armed criminals.
Tang Soo Do Tang Soo Do is a Korean martial arts style that is similar to Taekwondo and Karate.
Tantojutsu  
Tessenjutsu Tessenjutsu is a Japanese martial arts based on the use of Tessen (war fans).
Thien Mon Dao Thien Mon Dao is a Vietnamese martial arts.
US Army's Modern Army Combatives Program This is the martial arts program taught by the U.S. Army.
Vale Tudo Vale Tudo is a Brazilian martial arts system that is similar to Mixed Martial Arts but with even fewer rules. The limited number of rules can result in more injuries during Vale Tudo contests.
Varma Kalai Varma Kalai is an Indian martial arts focused on pressure points. It can also be used for healing applications.
Vovinam Vovinam is a Vietnamese martial arts style.
Wing Chun Wing Chun is a Chinese martial arts style focused on strikes, grappling and weapons training.
Wrestling Wrestling, while used mainly for sports today, is an ancient martial arts style of fighting. It focuses on grappling, throws and "pinning" your opponent.
Xtreme Martial Arts Xtreme Martial Arts (XMA) combines gymnastics with martial arts techniques in order to create acrobatic martial arts "tricks".
Yabusame Yabusame is a Japanese martial arts focused on archery while mounted on horseback.
Yaw Yan Yaw Yan is a Philippine kickboxing martial arts. It also utilizes grappling techniques and defenses against weapons.
Yoseikan Budo Yoseikan Budo is a Japanese martial arts system that combines a number of different martial arts including Aikido, Jujutsu, Judo, Karate, Kobudo and Boxing.
Zulu Stick Fighting Zulu stick fighting is a South African weapons

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