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Different Types of Martial Art Styles

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There are a lot of different martial arts from all over the world.  Some are more common for competition, while others are weapons based and some are focused on self-defense, commonly called combat or war-time styles.

Here is an outline of 10 different types of martial arts styles along with some brief differences between them. Additionally, we will provide information on the benefits of the combat or war-time styles, Krav Maga and Japanese Jujutsu, as taught by Empire Dojo.

1. Karate:

  • Origin: Okinawa, Japan
  • Characteristics: Striking with punches, kicks, knee strikes, and elbow strikes.

2. Taekwondo:

  • Origin: Korea
  • Characteristics: High, fast kicks and jumping/spinning kicks.

3. Judo:

  • Origin: Japan
  • Characteristics: Throws and grappling techniques, with an emphasis on using an opponent’s force against them.

4. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ):

  • Origin: Brazil
  • Characteristics: Ground fighting, submissions, and positional control.

5. Muay Thai:

  • Origin: Thailand
  • Characteristics: Known as the “Art of Eight Limbs” due to the use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins.

6. Kung Fu:

  • Origin: China
  • Characteristics: Diverse styles involving a wide range of techniques including strikes, kicks, throws, and joint locks.

7. Aikido:

  • Origin: Japan
  • Characteristics: Redirecting an opponent’s energy, joint locks, and throws.

8. Krav Maga:

  • Origin: Israel
  • Characteristics: Practical self-defense, focusing on real-world situations, and aggressive counter-attacks.

9. Japanese Jujutsu:

  • Origin: Japan
  • Characteristics: A versatile martial art involving joint locks, throws, and strikes.

10. Kali/Eskrima/Arnis:

  • Origin: Philippines
  • Characteristics: Weapon-based martial art, often involving sticks, knives, and other bladed objects.

Benefits of Krav Maga (as taught by Empire Dojo):

  • Real-world Application: Krav Maga is designed for practical self-defense in real-life situations, emphasizing quick and efficient techniques.
  • Adaptability: Krav Maga is known for its adaptability to various scenarios, making it suitable for military and law enforcement training.
  • Rapid Learning Curve: The system is designed to be learned quickly, focusing on instinctive movements and natural reactions.
  • Combining Techniques: Krav Maga incorporates elements from various martial arts, making it a comprehensive and effective system.

Benefits of Japanese Jujutsu (as taught by Empire Dojo):

  • Versatility: Japanese Jujutsu covers a broad range of techniques, including joint locks, throws, strikes, and grappling, providing a well-rounded skill set.
  • Self-Defense: Jujutsu techniques often involve using an opponent’s force against them, making it effective for self-defense regardless of the attacker’s size or strength.
  • Traditional Roots: Japanese Jujutsu has a rich history and is rooted in traditional martial arts philosophy, emphasizing discipline and respect.
  • Physical and Mental Conditioning: Training in Japanese Jujutsu not only improves physical fitness but also enhances mental discipline and focus.

Keep in mind that the benefits of martial arts training can vary based on individual preferences, goals, and the specific approach of the style and school.  If you have any questions about Krav Maga or Japanese Jujutsu, please contact us!

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