What are the different types of Martial Arts?

9 July, 2015


With so many different types of Martial Arts available it can be hard to decide which one to go with.

There are many different types of Martial Arts classes some more familiar than others. If you're wondering which one to try, read more below.


This has long been one of the most popular types of Martial Arts. It was developed in Japan and puts emphasis on different striking techniques such as kicking, punching, elbow and knee strikes.

Karate is popular with students because it allows them to de-stress and release tension in an environment that also teaches focus and control. Some of the different types of Martial Arts that are covered by Karate include Shito Ryu, Wado Ryu and Shotokan.


Aikido originated in Japan and focuses on the flowing motion of the opponent and their momentum, which is then used to perform different types of joint locks or throws.

Much less strength is required to practice Aikido than many of the other types of Martial Arts, which makes this ideal for young children and people who are new to the world of Martial Arts.

Jiu Jitsu

People who study Jiu Jitsu learn how to use their own energy to as a form of self defence. The emphasis of this style of Martial Art is to avoid harm. It is ideal for children and people with limited strength.


This is one of the oldest types of Martial Arts and originated in Korea more than two thousand years ago.

Taekwondo is primarily a form of self-defence and students learn various types of blocks and throws, although kicking and punching techniques also play a major role.

People who take Taekwondo classes will develop their strength as well as their balance, speed, stamina and flexibility.


Judo was developed towards the end of the 19th Century making it one of the newest Martial Arts styles.

The main aim in Judo is to overpower an opponent and either subdue them by using a special manoeuvre or immobilise the opponent on the ground.

Because Judo teaches students to immobilise an attacker without attacking them unnecessarily, it is ideal for people who want to learn how to avoid violent situations.


Kickboxing classes are popular with people who are looking to improve their fitness.

Many of the moves can be used to disarm an opponent without coming too close to them, while the series of kicks, punches and other manoeuvres can exercise all parts of the body and help it can help improve strength and flexibility.

Many other types of Martial Arts use basic moves from Kickboxing as a base for their training techniques.

Tai Chi

This is one of the more gentle forms of Martial Arts. It originated in China and is often practiced as a form of defence training as well as for its many health benefits.

Tai Chi can be practiced along with different types of Martial Arts to help focus the mind and body as well as to warm up before one of the more demanding types of Martial Arts.

People of different ages and experience levels can practice together, which makes taking Tai Chi classes a good way for families to bond.

Which Martial Art will you choose?

These are just some of the many styles of Martial Arts that are available. Many Martial Arts academies offer several different types of Martial Arts classes, which makes it easy to select the one that best meets you or your child’s needs.