Top 10 Deadliest Martial Arts

Are you fascinated by the adrenaline-fueled showdowns of Muay Thai or the efficient and lethal throws of Judo? Do you admire the artful deception of Brazilian Capoeira or the bare-knuckle savagery of Gouging? Maybe the raw power of Sambo captures your attention, or the philosophical depth of Jeet Kune Do resonates with your spirit.

Martial arts, be it Krav Maga, Wing Chun, or Boxing, have developed across continents and through centuries, each with its unique history, methodology, and purpose. Some are crafted for war, others for self-defense, sport, or personal growth. Yet, they all share a common trait - the potential to be deadly in the right hands.

So, here's your chance to weigh in. What do you think are the deadliest martial arts? The ones that can cause the most damage, the quickest incapacitation, or require the least amount of force? It's not just about the style itself, but how it's applied, the strategy, the precision, the speed, the power.
The Top Ten
1 Krav Maga Krav Maga, developed by the Israeli military, focuses on neutralizing threats as quickly as possible. This martial art incorporates elements from boxing, wrestling, judo, and aikido. It's designed to be practical and efficient in real-world situations, often involving defense against weapons.

Most simple but yet effective martial art for self defense, out on the streets (no rules, no honor, no referee), so Krav maga was developed in Israel to defend themselves from the Nazis after WWII, now it is effective against terrorists.

Navy seals use Krav Maga for killing therefor I think it's one of the best because navy seals prefer Krav Maga for killing the enemy.

Krav maga is easily the best Martial Art. Its Tactics are easy to learn and yet unpredictable to your opponents.

2 L.I.N.E. L.I.N.E. (Linear Infighting Neural Override Engagement) is a combat system developed by the United States Marine Corps. Its design revolves around the principles of simplicity and effectiveness in real combat situations. It's a blend of various martial arts, focusing on lethal force.

I was trained in line in the Marine Corps and it's sole purpose is to kill the enemy. Unlike most forms of the martial arts .

3 Ninjutsu Ninjutsu, associated with the stealthy ninja warriors of feudal Japan, focuses on guerrilla warfare, espionage, and assassinations. This discipline includes the use of traditional weapons, survival skills, and even some esoteric practices like pyrotechnics and medicinal knowledge.

Ninjutsu takes 20+ years to learn, that's why your dad isn't a ninja but your grandfather maybe.

This is why we watched Naruto and Bleach.

I should learn it, at least I can run easily from the robbers after their defeat versus Kung Fu

4 Vale Tudo Vale Tudo, translated as "anything goes," is a full-contact combat sport from Brazil. It has few rules and allows a wide range of strikes and techniques from various fighting styles, making it one of the most intense martial arts. It's considered a precursor to modern Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
5 Rough and Tumble / Gouging Rough and Tumble, also known as Gouging, is an old American fighting style from the backcountry regions. Its rules were savage, allowing eye-gouging, hair pulling, biting, and even hitting below the belt. The aim was not just to win, but to physically mark the opponent for life.
6 Muay Thai Muay Thai, also known as the "Art of Eight Limbs," hails from Thailand. It's a striking discipline that utilizes fists, elbows, knees, and shins, hence the name. Muay Thai is well-known for its rigorous training regimens, which are almost as brutal as the fights themselves.

In addition to being the national sport of Thailand, it's used in the combat systems. The movements of the elbow and knee are so dangerous that can destroy a bully who knows karate.

7 Bacom Bacom, originating in Peru, is a martial art that evolved from street fighting among the nation's youth. It focuses on increasing one's speed and power, and its techniques often result in severe trauma, including broken bones and damaged organs.
8 Eskrima Eskrima, also known as Arnis or Kali, hails from the Philippines. It places emphasis on weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives, and other bladed weapons. However, it also includes hand-to-hand combat and weapon disarming techniques.

Kali or known to us Filipino's as Arnis. This Martial Art was founded by early Tribesmen of indigenous people of the Philippines. It emphasizes the use of Eskrima sticks, knives, daggers, sword spears, etc. And even in unarmed combat, this focuses in the art of bone breaking.

9 Silat Silat is a collective term for indigenous martial arts from the Malay-Indonesian archipelago. It's a full-body fighting form incorporating strikes, grappling, and throwing, in addition to weaponry. Its dance-like movements are often performed at cultural shows, disguising its deadly nature.

Traditional silat was developed over the centuries with the aim of killing your enemy, as fast and efficient as possible. Since killing another person is outlawed today, silat has evolved into a self-defense mechanism rather than an art of killing. Therefore, it has lost some of its DNA. The current silat moves are more focused on disabling your opponent. The only way to learn the traditional silat is to go deep into the forests of Southeast Asia and learn through their master. It's not just a martial art, it is also a spiritual way of life. If the traditional silat is still legal today, it would easily beat Krav Maga. No questions about that.

10 Boxing Boxing, one of the most recognized martial arts worldwide, concentrates on footwork, speed, and the precise delivery of punches. The 'sweet science,' as it's sometimes referred, places a strong emphasis on strategy and stamina, testing both physical and mental prowess in the ring.
The Contenders
11 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, often abbreviated as BJJ, is a grappling-focused martial art originating from Japan and developed in Brazil. It's famed for its emphasis on ground fighting and submission holds, leveraging the principles of leverage and technique to overcome stronger and larger opponents.

I do BJJ and it definitely boost my confidence. Try it and you'll love it!

12 Taekwondo Taekwondo, originated from Korea, is a martial art renowned for its high and fast kicks. It integrates combat techniques, self-defense, sport, and exercise. It's one of the few martial arts that is an official Olympic sport, reflecting its global popularity.

This should be in 5 or 6

Best martial art

13 Karate Karate is a traditional Japanese martial art that involves striking techniques such as punching, kicking, knee strikes, and open-hand techniques. It is characterized by its deep, linear stances and is as much a way of life as it is a combat system, emphasizing discipline and self-improvement.

It shows violence in fact its polar opposite it is self defense

14 Kung Fu Kung Fu is a broad term used to describe the vast variety of Chinese martial arts. While styles can significantly differ, most contain both hard and soft techniques, incorporating strikes, kicks, and defensive maneuvers. It's often associated with spiritual and physical development.

Kung fu should be number 1. It's practiced by Shaolin Monks, and they're the deadliest warriors in the world. There are so many videos on Youtube of kung fu master beating the heck out of other martial artists.

Oldest martial arts

15 Wing Chun Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art that emphasizes close-quarters combat. Its techniques focus on efficiency, directness, and simplicity. With its roots in the Shaolin tradition, Wing Chun is also famous for its unique training devices like the wooden dummy.
16 Sambo Sport Sambo (similar to judo), Combat Sambo (used in military applications), and Freestyle Sambo (created by the American Sambo Association). It's as versatile as it is effective.
17 MCMAP MCMAP, or Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, is a combat system developed by the United States Marine Corps. It combines elements from various martial arts, such as boxing, judo, and Eskrima. It's not just about fighting, but also includes mental and character development.
18 Judo Judo, a modern Japanese martial art and Olympic sport, focuses primarily on throws and pins. Rather than striking, it prioritizes efficient movement and the use of an opponent's weight and strength against them. It also instills a strong sense of discipline and respect.
19 Jailhouse Rock Jailhouse Rock is a martial art that developed in the US prison system. It incorporates elements of boxing and wrestling, but also includes unique moves designed for the confined spaces and restrictive conditions of a jail cell. Its techniques are aimed at quick, efficient self-defense.
20 Kapu Kuialua Kapu Kuialua, or just Lua, is an ancient Hawaiian martial art. It employs joint locks, strikes, and throws, with a particular focus on bone breaking. It also includes weapon training, featuring Hawaiian weapons like the shark-tooth club and the spear.
21 Kalaripayattu Kalaripayattu is one of the oldest fighting systems in existence, originating from the Indian subcontinent. It combines strikes, kicks, grappling, and weaponry, along with healing techniques. It's also known for its athletic training methods, including postures inspired by animal movements.

Kalaripayattu is the oldest martial art in the world . It takes a lot of time to master , allows brutal and swift strikes . It literary means art of the battlefield ,allows practitioner to exercise and develop every part of body. It makes practitioner a walking death machine . A Kalaripayattu practitioner has insane fighting and mental skills and immense knowledge of human body. It also allows use of body at the utmost level. breaking bones of opponent , paralysis of enemy , blocking vital points of human body , exploiting every weakness of human body . It can also be used as a emergency health skill to heal a person. Kalaripayattu in simplicity means fastest , strongest ,most flexible and most brutal martial art humanity has ever known. It is marital art that outperforms all martial arts combined. it is believed to be brought to mankind by the legendary Lord Parashuram . It is still regarded as the deadliest martial art by many martial artists around the world. it is the very basis ...more

In central kalaripayattu and southern kalaripayattu teaches jointlocks, how to break bones and joints, how to spoil the future of your enemy and pressure point knockouts and how to paralyze or kill.

22 Wushu Wushu is a modern Chinese martial art that blends elements of performance and martial application. It includes a wide range of moves, from kicks and punches to throws and joint locks. While it's often seen as a form of sport and exhibition, its techniques can be deadly in combat situations.
23 Hapkido Hapkido is a highly eclectic Korean martial art. It includes kicks, punches, and both soft and hard techniques. What sets Hapkido apart is its emphasis on circular motion and non-resisting movements, using the attacker's energy against them.
24 Kickboxing Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from karate, Muay Thai, and boxing. It's practiced for self-defense, fitness, and as a contact sport. The genre includes styles like Japanese kickboxing and American kickboxing.
25 Tai Chi Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art known for its slow, graceful movements. While often seen as a form of exercise and meditation, Tai Chi is a martial art at its core. The slow movements are a form of training, teaching the practitioner how to respond quickly and decisively.

It is the art of defense, however defense can quickly become offensive. Do not underestimate those who choose to make the second move.

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