Top 10 Most Famous Martial Arts in the World

10. Judo: Japan

Judo invented or founded by Jigoro Kano, who were often harassed during his childhood, around 1860 until 1870. By taking a variety of martial arts basic skills, Kano added throw technique to create judo. Judo by the meaning of the word means “gentle way”, which means use opponent’s force to combat against himself. Because of this principle, then the Judoka did not need to be stronger than his opponent. The main focus of judo is throwing and locks the land, rather than hitting or attacking.

most famous martial arts in the world Judo


9. Aikido: Japan

Aikido was introduced at the beginning of 1900, with his followers learn to use the opponent’s own power and energy to bring down their opponents. The pupils are taught to keep the attacker conditions, and are taught to stifle without injury. Use of weapons is also often found in aikido, and his followers were taught to survive against the sticks, swords and even knives. Aikido founder, Morihei Ueshiba, saying that to be successful Aikido followers, the disciples must “receive a 99% opponent attack and face death without fear.”

most famous martial arts in the world Aikido


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.

most famous martial arts in the world Krav Maga

Krav Maga

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.

most famous martial arts in the world Jujutsu


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.

most famous martial arts in the world Ninjutsu


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.

most famous martial arts in the world Taekwondo


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.

most famous martial arts in the world Kungfu


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.

most famous martial arts in the world Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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.

most famous martial arts in the world Muay Thai

Muay Thai

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.

most famous martial arts in the world karate


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.

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