There is no ‘one size fits all’ martial art. It is great to learn something from a variety of styles, but at the end of the day you should choose a style that really fits your fighting skills, talents and that you will enjoy practicing day in and day out for the rest of your life. Something you can really master and excel at. So how do you know which martial art is best for you?
Martial arts can mainly be separated in two ways, although they are similar. The first choice is between fighting styles that are either mainly based on stand up or ground fighting. Dividing styles like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Karate. Then you have choices as to the level of intensity that suites you. These divide between those martial arts that involve full contact brutal exchanges of blows and those that are designed more a sport or art and are not meant to inflict serious damage on your opponent. Let’s take a look at a couple of popular martial art styles that may work for you…
Aikido is a non-aggressive form of martial art that focuses on redirecting your opponents energy. Aikido will never be featured in the UFC for sure, but still is offers some incredible techniques and training for those that aren’t out to be the school bully.
Judo is another type of martial art that is known more for it’s technique and moves that are designed to use your enemy’s strengths against him, while being able to take them down and control them with some pretty impressive throws and holds. Great if you are looking for a more defensive style, but you can’t be afraid to spend a lot of time getting thrown on the floor.
Tae Kwon Do
Taekwondo martial arts is a very impressive martial art featuring amazing kicks, inspiring weapons demonstrations, complex forms and board breaking. Sadly sparring is normally limited to point sparring only. This is truly an art and a sport, but if you are looking to draw blood, probably not for you.
Muay Thai Kickboxing
Muay Thai is for you if you are out to do some serious damage and love nothing more than the feeling of your knuckles, elbows and knees sinking into another human being -this is the one for you! You are going to have to be prepared to take a few hits yourself, but this is what a bloodsport is all about.
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