Top 10 Martial Arts in the World

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8. Krav Maga: Israel

Official martial art of the Israeli president guardian. Krav Maga is a martial art without rules, and hard. This martial art was never trained for sports, because it’s really intended to destroy an attacker with a focus on the opponent’s vital areas, such as the groin and eyes, and even allows the use of the head as weapons and various objects as weapons. Martial approach is divided in three steps: Face threat, prevent the opponent to make a second attack, and neutralize opponents.Literally meaning “hand to hand combat” and developed as a form of street fighting in Israel, Krav Maga has become one of the fastest growing martial arts around the globe currently. Krav Maga focuses more on threat defense instead of offensive attacks, making it ultimately practical and useful in the current global context. Different variations of Krav Maga are used in military forces around the world and in Special Forces like Israel’s Mossad, FBI and the British SAS.

7. Jujutsu: Japan

When the Japanese samurai have lost all the weapons, they will switch to the use of Jujutsu. Jujutsu evolved with a focus on throws, locks and roll away. But unlike other martial arts, Jujutsu moving more into “all is allowed”. Traditionally, students are taught a variety of tactics “cheating” such as striking, biting, which if used properly, can kill your opponent. This martial art is very effective if used on short distance body contact.

6. Ninjutsu: Japan

This mysterious martial arts are used by the murderer and the Japanese guerrilla fighters. Ninjitsu teaches a variety of ways to surprise your opponent and beat your opponent, with the direction to kill the opponent. In addition to the feet, hands, also taught a variety of weapons, including slip and effective escape techniques.The way of the ninja. Practiced by shinobis in ancienr Japan, Ninjitsu is considered one of the most unconventional martial arts techniques around the world today. Ninjitsu practitioners in ancient Japan were assassins and spies; hence their methods were based on stealth and taking out an opponent when he does not see it coming. Ninjitsu practitioners are taught various skills and weaponry and are considered guerilla masters of the samurai sword.

5. Taekwondo: Korea

Taekwondo has the meaning “the way of fist and foot”, the martial arts thrive in the era after World War II, when Japan end the occupation of Korea. This martial art is renowned for its stunning kick, and combines the physical ability and mental strength. The holder of black belt in this martial art have reached 3 million people around the world. Originated in Korea and the national sport of South Korea, Taekwondo loosely means “the way of the foot and the fist”. With over 70 million practitioners and over 4 million black belt holders worldwide, taekwondo was included in the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. Taekwondo is famous for its high impact kicks, with rationale being kicks having a much longer reach than punching and if executed swiftly, is considered the strongest weapon for a martial artist.

4. Kung Fu: Chinese

This Chinese martial art literally means: the success achieved by the weight and length, and is the oldest martial art in the world. Since introduced by Emperor Huangti, 2.698 BC, has grown to tens of thousands of Kungfu styles. Traditionally, this martial art is taught by the monks of Shaolin, with primary emphasis on morality and philosophy, which keep the value of humility, trust, and patience, and respect the stress.

3. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Brazil

Although established in Brazil, the founder of this martial was Mitsuyo Maeda, one of the Japanese fighter, who won more than 2000 games, and regarded as the most powerful human at his time. Maeda met with the Gracie family in Japan in 1914, and since then also Gracie family regarded as the first family of this martial art. Emphasis on the throw and the groundwork making this sport popular among the mixed martial arts fighters.

2. Muay Thai: Thailand

Very similar to kickboxing, but the difference is punch below the belt, elbows and knees are all allowed. Muay Thay is unknown when exactly begin, but the various elements of this martial art can be found in the martial arts of Japan and India. The popularity of the martial arts began to emerge in the 1800s. Traditionally, martial arts is highly structured, with various rituals that show respect to opponents. Now this martial art more focused on using of the body as a weapon. Fists, shins, elbows, knees, and various other things to defeat the opponent. This is what makes this martial precious, because every body part can be used as a weapon.Thailand’s national sport is taking the martial arts world by storm. Called the “Art of Eight Limbs”, an accomplished Muay Thai practitioner has the prowess and ability to strike using their shins, elbows, hands and knees instead of four contact points in fists and feet. Mainly a form of kickboxing, Muay Thai practitioners usually get opponents into a clinch, a hold an opponent has difficulty to get out of, and kneeing them directly at the heart, downing an opponent quickly and effectively.

1. Karate: Japan

Derived from the word that means “empty hand”, karate was introduced as a martial art without a weapon. Various techniques are expected. Karate originated from 1300′s, although the author of “10 precepts of Karate”, Anko Itosu, the father of modern karate, wrote the book in 1908. “Karate is a technique that changed hands and feet into spears” writes Anko. In the writing of Anko, karate can be used as, “… how to avoid a fight if confronted by criminals.” This martial art is widely taught all over the world as a personal defend from any criminal. Literally meaning hand, karate is a full contact martial artoriginating from Okinawa in Japan that incorporates striking, grappling and locks to takedown an opponent. Practitioners of karate are called karatekas and they number as much as 23 million worldwide. Made famous by the film The Karate Kid starring Pat Morita as a karate master, karate is highly deadly martial art technique with current MMA world champions practicing karate as their main striking ability.

Other than those tens martial arts there are other martial arts as well. We can mention Wushu, Kenjutsu as well as  Capoeira as a mixed martial arts.