Best Types of Martial Arts


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1Tae Kwon Do

Grand Master Kim's Taekwondo Is one of the best choices my family and I have made. My Three Girls and I have been attending classes for about two years now. Since starting I have lost over 100 lbs. From a size 20 to a size 4/6! My girls and I are learning the five tenets of taekwondo ( Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit ) and learning how to apply them to our lives, also I love the fact that we have something positive in common to work on and learn together. Even if you take your time to get your belt rank up in the words of Master Grimm " Don't Give up or Quit! Quitters stay at home! " For someone who has never done anything close to this before Grand Master Kim, Sr. Master Flint, Master Grimm, and the rest are all great instructors and we will be apart of our dojang for our Black Belts and Beyond!

Tae Kwon-do isn't just kicking, I've been in it for about 7 years now, and I've learned how to punch, wrestle, kick, use a Katana, Nunchaku, and a bow staff.

Taekwondo is a complete martial art, and rest assured that a fast kick to the knees will end a conflict very very quickly.
For those who state that a fight typically ends on the ground so grappling is the way to go... Have obviously never been in a real conflict; a typical fight will last less that a minute and only one person ends up on the ground!
Lets not confuse a real fight with a pushing match, where the participants actually don't want to fight and are actually waiting for others to come and separate the clinch

No thanks this one is so freaky and dangerous

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2Kung Fu

In all forms of the traditional sense, martial arts is an art. Because of this, it is highly dependant on the person executing the art to be able to adapt to all situations, which makes for the best use of the art. Rather than emphasizing on one type of fighting, such as stance, wrestling, striking, kicking, weapons, grabbing, offensive, or defensive, Kung Fu has a great adaptation and usage of all of these. Wing Chun/Tsun of all the many chinese martial arts places emphasis on the technique and of attacking the attack, as opposed to the majority which defend and counter. The base concepts of all however take time. There is no wrong or right, and no better or worse style of martial art, but only what works best for you. Just as every martial art is different, every person is different, thusly every teacher is also different. Keep that in mind if you decide to study a martial art, and adapt it to make it your own.

It is a collection of all chinese arts one including wing chun/tsun. Wing tsun under leung ting is what I study and is proficient in all ranges with little effort of motion. Being a collection of 400 to 800 different arts kung fu is the ultimate term for martial art and wing tsun of leung ting is the most efficient and effective there ever will be

It's not really fair to just have "Kung Fu" as this literally includes any Chinse martial arts. There is more variation between Kung Fu styles than there is between Kung Fu and other styles. This is how Kung Fu influenced such varying systems over the centuries. You've got full contact Sanshou styles which rival other kickboxing styles in power and are great for competitions, grappling styles such as Qin Na and Shuai Jiao which influenced Jujitsu, soft internal styles such as Tai Chi, practical street defense styles such as Wing Chun and then of course the more acrobatic flowery styles which people usually tend to think of when you say Kung Fu. Put all this together though and Kung Fu is an unbeatable system.

This is the best type of martian arts! (LOL! )

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I (Satyaki Dutta) am a kyokushin karateka since 8 yrs. I will also say that Taekwondo is good but its not good like karate. Karate the best. Physical perfection is the ultimate goal of sport but Self-perfection is the ultimate goal of kyokushin karate.
We are the karatekas….
Our life is spent inside the dojo.
Our world are different from yours.
Our mind is our battle field.
Our life is spent with purpose.
Our average day is spent seeking perfection.
Our sole lives in the time of samurai.
Our defenses is to never have to fight
Our skills are our tools that help our life.
Our purpose is to pass on what I have learnt.
Our belt and dogi are the symbol of our efforts.
Our achievements are marked by our sweat and blood.

Well there are many types for karate and each type teaches you different techniques, and it uses both hands and legs unlike TKD which uses legs most of the time, so in a real fight you won't be able to use your legs properly if you didn't warm up but if you know karate then you can use your whole body (fist, fingers, palm, legs, elbow... Etc)
And it is not about strength only most likely it is about speed, so it will help your to dodge easily and attack in a fast way therefore you might take down a guy in few seconds.

I(Rohit Dwivedi) am Karateka since 3 years. I have trend in four types of martial art but it's my fave-rate. Taekwondo have more jumping kikes they are stylist but no more powerful and useful in real life.

It is very useful for fitness I love it : )

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4Muay Thai

The anceient art of the eight weapons, hands, elbows, knees and feet. Definitely deserve the first place in this top ten, muay thai is attack and self-defense at the same time. When well executed, it's deadly.

Muay Thai is best martial art because of it's powers and winning techniques. It will definitely serve you well in dangerous situations when you need to fight back against many attackers. In a fight, using Muay Thai you will be able to defend yourself and harm your opponents/opponent as well.

Although I practise Wing Chun, I am voting for Muay Thai. I have seen too many fights where someone is on the ground, being kicked in the head by multiple attackers, so learning to hit effectively it is where it is at. The modern laws regarding reasonable force have largely removed the self-defense/sport distinction. If I was to do more than one, I would add Krav Maga.

Not the most versatile since if you are taken down you cannot do much however Muay Thai dominates the standup game with the sheer brutality and power within it's punches, kicks, knees and elbows.

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5Krav Maga

Doing it for years, been attacked twice on the street (once with the knife), in both cases the preparation I got in the classes were more than enough to be successful in both cases without taking any damage, to tell the true my pulse did not even rise in both situation, because it was "way easier" than on the training, where we are going trough the very complicated scenarios and situations. KM provides real street smart knowledge, including no violent solutions for confrontations, avoidance, and prevention. I also doing other martial arts (BJJ purple belt, doing MMA and Mayi Thai for years) - all are great and I love those as well, but KM is for the street and for survival, the others for competition and personal improvement.

Krav maga is can only bested by tae kwon do. In my opinion, it should go, Tae Kwon do, Krav maga, Judo, Ju jitsu, and then anything else. Tae kwon do is in fact self defense, contrary to the belief of that guy who commented on the Judo (#8 as of December 2, 2012) In fact, that's all it really is. Besides a form, you must complete a self-defense for each belt. For black, you must complete all eight of them, as well as all eight of the forms. As a 1st dan black belt, I have NO idea how to attack someone, I only know how to defend myself if someone attacks me FIRST. So yes, Tae Kwon Do is a self defense. But Krav maga, (basically Israeli martial arts) is like a mix of like EVERY other martial art out there (except for tae kwon do), making it so awesome, and almost as good as tae kwon do itself. :)

Krav maga consist mostly of real life applications, including defense against a knife, gun, group, and just plain experienced attacker. It is purely realistic self defense techniques. Most other martial arts are mainly used as sports. Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and many others teach unrealistic methods of self defense (why would you want to bring an attacker to the ground with you when you are more likely to be stabbed or stomped on by his buddy). Krav maga teaches one to eliminate the threat at the most efficient and safe way possible. In my opinion if I am to be attacked I would want to get as far as possible from the threat as possible, even if the methods included eliminating the threat in what other arts would call dirty moves. No other martial art teaches self defense as realistic as Krav Maga

Krav maga is real mma. Derived from the most effective moves of every martial art. Its all trained realistically. No katas no forms just real training like a boxer would practice.

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6Ju Jitsu

I'm all about ju jitsu. It's my favorite art and I love making people tap out! If you want to have great self defense when somwon is messing with you this art is definitely for you!

Ju jitsu isn't just throws, in fact its little throws. Mostly you learn basic techniques in which you can put together to make it good.

Ju Jitsu is about respect and it should be top of list it's not just throws its techniques and a lot more

I'm a really small man reaching close to 60 years old. I studied JuJitsu for several years and thinking back without it, JuJitsu is the reason why I made it this long. I weigh about 120 lbs. , live in a real rough area, but believe it or not I get a lot of respect.

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Ninjutsu is one of the most effective fighting styles in any situation. Instead of mindless punches we end the fight as soon as possible by paralyzing the opponent... It is no holds barred like Jeet Kune Do. Not to mention we learned strategy and tactics in real world situations. We also learned with the Ninjato, Katana, Bo-Staff, Kunai and many many more. Unlike most martial arts, Ninjutsu is very spiritual like Kung Fu. Overall, I think Ninjutsu and Jeet Kune Do should be in the top ten. And where is Wing Chun!?

I'm defiantly a different person after taking this art. This Art is probably the quickest and most effective in every way.
My list would have
1. Ninjutsu
2. Jeet Kune Do
3. Kenjutsu
4. Kung Fu
5. Bojutsu - MeowMix

Ninjutsu would be my first pick simply because of the diversity that it has, as a practitioner of ninjutsu must know all other martial arts. and if you become proficent at joint locks with it, you can successfully defeat some very good jujitsu artist. I was just sparing with a girl that was quite good at jujitsu and I allowed her to get a wrist lock started, but then I reversed it within a split second. do not underestimate ninjutsu it could be proven a fatal mistake.

Ninjas used this art fluently like i,the 75th ninja master. lessons?

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8Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

It's the only art that proves a smaller person can defeat a larger opponent

Bjj should be number one on the list of martial arts and just think if you take a person that only knows stand up and you take him down he is a turtle on his back but if you study gracie jiu jitsu it has both ground and stand up its just an opinion of mine what do you think.

My dad and my uncle were doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu for a long time and my uncle reached army level and I am going to take a guess that jiu jitsu fighters are in really good shape because my dad bench 330 pounds and he is stronger that so mms nfl players

Clearly the most effective martial art if you can't fight on the ground you lose

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I give + to Judo. Why?
Judo vs Karate = Judo (I give 90% that fight will end on the ground, and Judo guy will have advantage due his choke/submission skills. Karate guy may win if he could K.O. in first attack.
Judo vs Kung Fu = Judo( Kung Fu guys focus on light/fast punching and if you want to win vs Judo guy you need to end fight in few seconds + they don't have ground work).
Judo is strong vs Boxing/Ninjutsu/Krav-Maga/Tae-Kwon-Do/Karate. (Easy to throw and finish in ground work).
Judo is weak vs Jiu-Jitsu (better ground work and sometimes they can avoid being thrown or counter throw Judo guy. ) Its like 50/50 who will win.
Judo is weak vs Muay Thai (they are hard to takedown and have strong punches/kicks.
But still it depends on fighter.

hate that taekwondo! Tae Kwon Do is for sports only! not for self def. and I hate korean martialarts.. I love japanese martialarts because its very! very! lovely. judo, aikido, karate, kendo, jujitsu.

I don't think it deserves number one spot but definitely should be much higher than 17 so I voting for it.

I see more people getting hurt in judo than any other.

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This art can be practice at any time regardless of age or gender, surprisingly takes longer to master but definitely a good foundation to start your martial arts training, not just the development of timing and fundamentals of proper falling but understanding techniques through training with weapons. The vast majority of practitioners welcome each other worldwide on open mat. Clearly, aikido is a very beautiful art to enjoy in one's daily practice.

Aikido is a martial art that's tailored to respond to any type of Attack. There's that saying, the ultimate offense is the ultimate defense, and Aikido is a living proof of that. I even remember watching that UFC or that Japanese fighting championship ( I don't remember which one was it) the aikido dude got disqualified because he didn't beat up anyone, his opponents quit, because they could not defeat him lol

I found out my English teacher is a an aikido instructor and I ask him to kick my ass for a little laugh... He put me on the ground in less than a second, and I almost cried. Aikido is without question the best

This is an amazingly strong type of martial arts

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11Jeet Kune Do

Kon'ichiwa, I am a practitioner of Japanese Jujutsu and want to express my views as a martial artist. Jeet kune do fighters are-like Bruce Lee said to be like water. Actualize yourself as a fighter and not do pick and choose which style you like. To understand fighting you need not to become a product of patterns and fixed thinking throw away prejudice etc. Things like Boxing and Judo (no offense to those people) are styles which could cloud the truth of combat and hide the expression of human emotion though patterns; you should aim to utilize all types of combat skill and self awareness, to use only punches or only to grapple somebody is ineffective against a group if you are no master. I'm a martial artist myself but I find that some locks and other techniques may not be useful in the quick reaction situation but do not hate technique, seek to understand every technique forward and backward, to understand what is useful and what is uniquely your own philosophy. Any martial artist ...more

Jeet kune do also has basics of wing chun I swear that JKD is best as bruce lee himself told that he has found a new way not a style please refer as all of them know about sifu bruce lee he is the world's best martial artist please don't confuse Jun fan JKD with MMA and JKD concept practicioners

Bruce Lee is the inventor people, ring a bell? Has simplicity, speed, agility and no holds barred. - aeromaxx777

Jeet kune do is a good martial arts

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In mma boxing is a must have. It is the bread and butter to striking. Yes wrestling and jujitsu are great for mma. And muay Thai is up there as well. But when you set up for just about any style you use your fists. And boxing is all about that. Even bruce lee recognized that and incorporated it into his jeez kung do. In my opinion boxing can hold its own against any martial art.

Everybody I know wants to be just like Manny Pacquiao these days. Can you blame them? Boxing is no doubt the most resilient kind of fighting style there is. - aeromaxx777

I think it is very dangerous game... because in this game the most punch connecting area is our head.. so..*but if you want ko your enemy quickly then it can help you...

Boxing is not a martial art, it's just two guys walking into a ring and punching each other.

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13Mixed Martial Art

I used to do mma it was fun but tough at the same time I miss those good time learning how to fight

Its a combination of all type of martial art so its definitely the best laugh out loud

I was doing a lot of mma and my uncle was an mma world champion he taught me a lot about and he teaches me all the ways how to break out of a choke all you have to do is put both of your arms between his and you use your elbows to break out of it

Mma is the best

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Silat is a martial arts from Southeast Asia, but I think Indonesia is best for this. If you've ever watch "The Raid : Redemption" movie, there's a lot of silat there. And silat it's not just for self-defense, it's an art.

Very impressive and effective martial art though difficult to master. To truly be able to use Silat for self defense would take serious training. It couldn't just be a past time. - turner13

Silat not just grow in Indonesia only, It also grow in Malaysia, Brunei and many countries more. Besides that, we all like a family =D

Silat? , oh you mean brutal and speed martial arts

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Common misconception is that eskrima focuses only on weapons. Think again... It is one of the most complete fighting systems ever created. There are a lot of styles and systems other, so do research first and look for what fits you and make sure you train under a legitimate teacher.

It is one of the best martial arts because it uses 2 Sticks.
Men that was so cool and I'm very proud because it is a Filipino Martial arts

Very good martial art

Eskrima is the best

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16Wing Chun

David can beat all the Goliath by using only the hands..

Wing chun is the world's greatest martial arts

Wing shun was used by ip man techer of bruce lee 70 precent of the hands and 30 of the foot it is a flow of life used by bruce lee to

Bruce lee had to learn it and he is regarded to be the best martial artist ever, and this is also shown on this websites top then as well

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My friend is amazing at wrestling, but he uses both his arms and legs to pin me down, leaving him open in many places. Not a good position to be in with a person like me. He left his face open many times, and his nuts, but I didn't want to hurt him. I told him he needs to cover his body or he will get really hurt. - username34

Wrestling should be a lot higher because if you watch mma or have anything to do with it. They will always talk about the person's wrestling

Teaches you how to take someone to the ground


Allows more attacks and damage to be simply applied

Kickboxing is ausome... Better than boxing as in this both arms and legs are used.

Kickboxing is really fun to watch. Especially on Bully Beatdown. - username34

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19Keysi Fighting Method

Batman used it in two movies. The pensador stance fails, though...

It doesn't bull around. It is just used to kill and maim

Its really great fighting method but its really effactive for street figth but not for martial arts


True Hapkido as taught in the military is brutal and effective.

Hapkido is the only martial art that operates in ALL four self defense ranges, beats ALL the martial arts listed above.

It seems like a well balanced martial art. The Green Baret uses it, the CIA, and the Korean Special Forces. That says a lot for the U.S. government, to trust it with their military and to protect the president.

My grandfather and I do tea kwon do (of which I am a higher belt) but he has a background in Hapkido.

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