Martial arts gives you incredible fitness, life-saving self-defence skills and a sharp mind. Therefore consider our Top 10 of Martial Arts Styles when choosing a style to learn!
Over thousands of years, across all countries of the world, Martial Art styles have emerged. Each has developed with its own ruleset, culture, history and fight style.
Our Top 10 of Martial Arts Styles
A top 10 of Martial Arts Styles could then be considered more about what you want to get out of learning and training in Martial Arts. Common goals people want to achieve in martial arts are
- to learn a new sport or skill
- to learn self-defence and gain confidence
- bored with gym work-outs but want to be fit and strong
- meet new people with similar interests
The VT1 Team have listed these MMA as their Top 10 martial arts. Some of these styles are taught at our Chatswood Martial Arts Academy and would be available at any reputable Australian Martial Arts Academy. As Self Defence & Fitness studios are hugely popular in Sydney, consider a Martial Arts school built on robust learning technic from qualified Martial Arts teachers. Please take a look at our website for more details but here is a brief rundown of each.
Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu or Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defence martial art that specialises in grappling. Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu involves the concept of “Maximising Leverage” and were initially designed to keep you safe throughout the entire spectrum of situations that occur when defending oneself. If you’re looking to protect yourself and you learn best by learning new content, Jiu-Jitsu is the style for you!
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and a beautiful, traditional martial art. It is a striking style that utilities fists, elbows, knees and kicks with a devastating clinch system. This style is known as “The Art of 8 Limbs” and focuses on techniques that require masterful execution. Muay Thai training sessions are generally upbeat, fun and fast. A sign of a great Muay Thai school is a sense of “Sanuk”, the importance of enjoying what you do which embodies Thai culture.
Boxing is a sport that has been culturally relevant for centuries. It focuses on striking with the hands and is a brilliant work-out. This sport falls under the category of a martial art that priorities mastery. Boxing for women is a specific class for females and like our general adult boxing classes is generally fast-paced and easily one of the most accessible styles to learn as the tools are so simple to pick up!
Karate is a traditional martial art originating in Okinawa, Japan. Karate took the world by storm in the 60s and 70s as US soldiers, who had studied the style with masters in Japan, brought it back from the 2nd World War. With the rise of the UFC in the 1990s, Karate’s popularity slowed down. It has recently had a resurgence due to its structured progression system, belief of using the whole body as a weapon and the connection to Eastern Philosophy. Karate’s flexibility suits students who like new content and enjoy being a part of a community and culture.
Another Japanese style of martial arts, Judo originated in Imperial Japan as a system for Samurai to fight unarmed and in close combat. Judo specialises in throws with a uniformly designed international system of progression. Judo is an Olympic sport and one of the most exciting at that! Judoka, a Japanese martial arts practitioner, is best known across the martial arts industry for their great fitness. Judo is an excellent style for students looking for self-defence and involvement in a fantastic community. With its rigorous system approach, it is best suited for students who enjoy mastering technique.
Wrestling is recognised as one of the oldest competitive sports with cave drawings of wrestlers found dating back to 3000 BC. Wrestling was played in the ancient Olympics around 708 BC. Wrestlers are amazing athletes that have it all – speed, strength, cardio, and endurance. The grit and tenacity involved with wrestling make it a fantastic vehicle for personal development. Folkstyle wrestling suits students who enjoy the mastery of a few critical techniques involving speed and pressure.
Tai Chi and Wushu – Chinese Martial Arts
Similar to Wrestling, Chinese Martial Arts have been around for centuries. While Tai Chi will not teach you how to defend yourself in a street altercation, these styles are inextricably connected to one’s health and wellbeing. Tai Chi and Wushu are relatively low impact styles that get you moving and have so much content for you to learn. These styles would suit anyone looking for a low impact, highly accessible styles. There are many types of weapons, and barehanded forms and the connection to Chinese Medicine makes this style more suited to students who like learning new content.
Mixed Martial Arts
Since its inception in 1993, the UFC has pushed MMA to new heights in the zeitgeist. Superstars like Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have changed MMA from a fringe sport of “tough guys” to a new accessible challenge for everyone.
Mixed Martial Arts encompasses all styles of martial arts and MMA athletes become incredibly fit – you will be in the best shape of your life! MMA suits students who learn best with new content every session.
Krav Maga is one of the most effective forms of self-defence available. Krav Maga is an Israeli combat system that prioritises self-preservation. It is not a sport, and it is not a creative outlet, Krav’s primary motivation is self-defence. Techniques are devastating and straightforward, and they require mastery of a few different moves. Students are expected to take the classes very seriously.
The final contender on our list is a little more niche, but growing at an incredible pace. Lethwei is the national sport of Myanmar and one of the hottest growing fight styles on the planet. Contests are similar to Muay Thai but are held with just gauze over the knuckles and headbutts are allowed. Due to the addition of headbutts and the growing rivalry with Thailand’s Muay Thai, Lethwei has earnt the title of “The Art of 9 Limbs”. Lethwei is a practical self-defence style as it takes away the cushioning of gloves and incorporates the ability to use the head.
Which Will You Pick from our Top 10 Martial Arts Styles?
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