List of 180+ Martial Arts Styles

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This list of 180+ martial arts styles provides you with details about their techniques, kata & forms, history, etc. It ranges from well-known styles (such asKarateTaekwondoKrav MagaBJJandMMA) to more unique martial arts styles (such asDrunken Fist Kung FuSherlock Holmes BartitsuandZulu Stick Fighting). We have also broken this information into country of origin (i.e. martial arts that were developed inAmericaJapanChinaorKorea) and martial arts styles dedicated to a specialty (i.e.weapons-basedorgrappling-basedmartial arts). You will find more detailed country and specialty lists below. Hopefully, this information will help you to find a martial arts style & school that is right for you. Many of these martial arts help participants to improve their overallfitness, learn self-defense, gain confidence and lose weight.

List of Martial Arts StylesClick on the links below for more in-depth knowledge regarding that styles techniques (i.e. unique kicks), katas & forms, history, etc.

Aikido Aikido is aJapanese martial artsstyle focused on redirecting the attack away from you. Aikido concentrates on throwing, joint locks, traditional Japanese weapons, etc.

Aikijujitsu Aikijujitsu is a sub-genre ofJujutsu. In contrast to Jujutsu, Aikijujitsu focuses more heavily on blending with the opponent, moving joint-locks, and other esoteric principles.

American Kenpo American Kenpo is a hybrid martial arts style. It is also known as Kenpo Karate.

Angampora Angampora is a Sri Lankan martial arts that focuses on unarmed combat, grappling, weapons and pressure points.

Araki Ryu Araki Ryu is a Japanese martial arts focused on traditional Japanese weapons such as the sword, spear, staff, etc.

Bagua Zhang The Eight Trigram Palm style is one of the 3 best known Wudang styles. Best known for its circle walking.

Bajutsu Bajutsu is aJapanese martial artsfocused on military equestrianism.

Bakom Bakom (also known as Vacon) is a Peruvian martial arts that combinesJujutsuwith street fighting techniques. It was designed for survival in the slums of Peru.

Bajiquan Bajiquan is aChinese martial artsstyle that is famous for its explosive power and elbow strikes.

Bando Bando is a martial arts style from the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).

Bartitsu Bartitsu is anEnglish martial artsthat combinesboxingcane fightingjujutsu, etc. Revival of this martial arts is due to renewed interest in Sherlock Holmes (as he was a fictional master of Bartitsu).

Bataireacht (Irish Stick Fighting) Bataireacht is the martial arts better known as Irish stick fighting.

Bokh (Mongolian Wrestling) Bokh is a traditional wrestling martial arts that was practiced by Mongol warriors. It is better known today as Mongolian Wrestling.

Budokan Karate Karate Budokan was founded in 1966 by Chew Choo Soot in Malaysia.

Budokon Budokon is a hybrid system that combines martial arts training withYoga.

Bojuka Bojuka is a self-defense system focused on grappling and strikes to an opponents vital areas.

Bojutsu Bojutsu is aweapon-based martial artsfocused on the long staff (Bo).

Bokator Bokator is an ancient Cambodian martial arts that includes grappling, strikes and weapons training.

Boxing Boxing is a martial arts style focused purely on powerful punches.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is aBrazilian martial artsstyle focused on ground fighting (i.e.grappling).

Bujutsu Bujutsu is theJapanese martial artsof the Samurai.

Butthan Butthan is a martial arts from Bangladesh. It is focused on subjects such as mediation, self-defense, weapons, etc.

Byakuren Kaikan Byakuren Kaikan is a Japanese martial arts focused on full contact sparring. This style originated out ofShorinji Kempo.

Catch Wrestling Catch Wrestling is a grappling martial arts created in the late 1800s that combines techniques from wrestling, Judo, Jujutsu and other grappling martial arts.

Canne de Combat Canne de Combat is aFrench martial artsthat focuses on a sports version of cane fighting.

Capoeira Capoeira is a very fluid and acrobatic martial arts style from Brazil.

Choy Li Fut Choy Li Fut (or Cai Li Fo) is a substyle ofKung Futhat combines long and short-range techniques.

Chun Kuk Do Chun Kuk Do is a Korean and American hybrid system created byChuck Norris(martial artist andmovie star). In 2015, this martial arts was renamed to the Chuck Norris System.

Combat Hapkido Combat Hapkido is seen as a spin-off of traditionalHapkido. It has a much greater focus on self-defense and grappling than traditional Hapkido.

Combat Hopak Combat Hopak (or Boyovyy Hopak) is an Ukrainian martial arts supposedly derived from Cossack military traditions.

Coreeda Coreeda is an Australian aboriginal martial arts focused on wrestling.

Cuong Nhu Cuong Nhu is a Vietnamese-American hybrid martial arts that combines elements from Shotokan Karate, Aikido, Judo, Wing Chun, Vovinam, Tai Chi and Boxing.

Daido Juku Kudo Daido Juku Kudo is a Japanese martial arts that practices mixed martial arts techniques while wearing a traditional gi.

Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu is a traditionalJapanese martial artsfocused on unarmed combat, throws, strikes to vital areas, joint locks, etc.

Dambe Dambe is an African martial arts focused primarily on boxing but it also uses kicking techniques.

Danzan Ryu An American hybrid form of Jujutsu. It is also known as Kodenkan.

Defendo Alliance ThisEuropean martial artsis focused on realistic self-defense training.

Defendu A British martial arts created by William Fairbairn and Eric Sykes. This system was taught to Office of Strategic Services agents and Allied troops in World War 2.

Dumog Dumog is a Philippine martial arts focused on wrestling.

Dutch Kickboxing Dutch Kickboxing was formally developed in the 1970s and is often seen as a modified version of Muay Thai.

Eagle Claw Kung Fu Eagle Claw Kung Fu is a Chinese martial arts known for its gripping techniques, strikes, joint locks, takedowns and pressure point attacks.

Enshin Kaikan Enshin Kaikan is a Japanese martial arts that utilizes the Sabaki method (which seeks to turn an attackers power against him). This martial arts involves kicks, punches, sweeps, throws, etc.

Eskrima, Arnis & Kali Eskrima is a martial arts style from the Philippines focused on the use of stick and blade weapons (i.e.Yantok). This martial arts is also known as Arnis and Kali.

Fencing Fencing today is mainly an Olympic-style sport. However, there is a sub-style calledhistorical fencingwhich focuses on fencing as a martial arts.

Fu Jow Pai Fu Jow Pai is a Chinese martial famous for its Tiger Claw style.

Gatka Gatka is an Indian martial arts focused on weapons, especially swords.

Glima Glima is a Scandinavian wrestling-based martial arts that was created by the Vikings.

Gongkwon Yusul Gongkwon Yusul is a Korean hybrid martial arts that includes elements fromHapkidoJujutsuJudoandBoxing.

Gungsol Gungsol or Gungdo is a Korean martial arts focused on archery.

Haidong Gumdo Haidong Gumdo is a Korean martial arts focused on sword techniques. It contains elements similar toKenjutsuandIaido.

Hanbojutsu Hanbojutsu is a martial arts that utilizes theHanbo(a 3 foot wooden staff).

Han Mu Do Han Mu Do (or Hanmudo) is a Korean martial arts style. It is seen as a smoother and more open hand cousin toHapkido. Hanmudo students also train with weapons.

Hapkido Hapkido is a Korean martial arts style focused on punches, kicks, throws and joint locks.

HEMA Historical European Martial Arts HEMA refers to mainly sword-based martial arts based on techniques used in Europe from around the 1300s to the 1800s.

Hojojutsu Hojojutsu is a Japanese martial arts that uses ropes to restrain or disable an opponent.

Hung Ga Hung Ga (or Hung Gar) is a southern Chinese martial arts that combines 5 animal styles (Crane, Dragon, Leopard, Snake and Tiger).

Huyen Langlon Huyen Langlon is a martial arts from northeastern India.

Hwa Rang Do Hwa Rang Do is a Korean martial arts that includes sparring, self-defense, weapons training and grappling.

Iaido Iaido is a Japanese martial arts focused on the drawing of a sword (bokken, iaito or shinken) from its scabbard. This martial arts relies heavily on katas (forms) and does not utilize sparring.

Iaijutsu Iaijutsu is the combat version ofIaido.

Icho-Ryu Icho-Ryu is a fusion of martial arts such as Aikido, Goju Ryu Karate, Jujutsu, Judo and Aikijujutsu. It was created to meet the needs of law enforcement officers.

Itto-Ryu A Japanese martial arts focused on the sword. There are many sub-styles of Itto-Ryu and this martial arts had significant influence on the development of modernKendo.

Jailhouse Rock Jailhouse Rock (JHR) is a martial arts system that was developed in the US prison system.

Jeet Kune Do Jeet Kune Do is a martial arts style created by Bruce Lee (martial artist and movie star).

Jojutsu Jojutsu (or Jodo) is a Japanese martial arts focused on the short staff (Jo).

Judo Judo is a Japanese martial arts style focused on grappling, joint locks and throws.

Jujutsu Jujutsu is a Japanese martial arts style focused on joint locks, holds and throws. It tries to redirect or manipulate the force of an attack in order to defeat the attacker.

Jukendo Jukendo is a Japanese martial arts focused on the bayonet.

Juttejutsu Juttejutsu is a Japanese martial arts that focuses on the martial arts weapon known as theJutte(Jitte).

Kajukenbo This is an American martial arts style that combines techniques from many different martial arts such asJudoKarateEskrima, etc. It was designed to be effective in real world self-defense situations and street fights.

Kalaripayattu Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial arts style from India.

KAPAP KAPAP is the Hebrew acronym for Face-To-Face-Combat. While not as well known asKrav Maga, this Israeli martial arts system is used by a number of Israels elite military units.

Karate Karate is a Japanese martial arts style focused on punches, hand/elbow strikes, knee strikes and kicks. Major Karate styles include the following:

For other Karate styles, please visit the mainKaratesection.

Keijojutsu Keijojutsu is a Japanese martial arts focused on police stick fighting (batons).

Kendo Kendo is a Japanese martial arts style focused on sword fighting (i.e.BokkenandKatana).

Kenjutsu Kenjutsu is a Japanese martial arts style focused on sword techniques. In contrast to Kendo, Kenjutsu is less focused on sparring.

Kenpo or Kempo Please visit theAmerican Kenposection.

Keysi The Keysi Fighting Method is a self-defense system created to act and react while defending yourself. This system has been featured in movies such as the Batman series that starred Christian Bale.

Kickboxing Kickboxing is a martial arts style focused on powerful kicks and punches.

Kinomichi Kinomichi is a martial arts style that originated in France and was developed by one of the students of the founder of Aikido.

Kino Mutai Kino Mutai (Kina Mutai) is a Philippines martial arts that uses unconventional tactics such as biting and eye-gouging.

Kobudo A Japanese (Okinawan) martial arts focused on weapons training. Weapons used include thebo staffsaitonfaandnunchaku.

Kokondo Kokondo is a style that combines techniques fromKarateandJujutsu.

Krabi-Krabong Krabi-Krabong is a weapon-based martial arts from Thailand.

Krav Maga Krav Maga is a martial arts style from Israel focused on winning in real life combat situations.

Kuk Sool Won Kuk Sool Won is a Korean martial arts focused on strikes, kicks, grappling, joint locks, weapons training and healing techniques.

Kumdo Kumdo is a Korean sword-based martial arts which is similar toKendo.

Kung Fu Kung Fu is a Chinese martial arts style focused on hand/arm strikes, kicks and even weapons training. Please see the mainChinese martial arts stylessection for more Kung Fu styles but listed below are a few of the many different Kung Fu styles:

Choy Li Fut Also known as Cai Li Fo.

Hung Ga Also known as Hung Gar.

Zui Quan Zui Quan is better known as the Drunken Fist style.

Kung Fu Toa Kung Fu Toa is an Iranian martial arts style that combines Kung Fu and Yoga.

Kuntao Kuntao is a southeast Asian martial arts that utilizes hand strikes, kicking techniques, grappling and martial arts weapons (i.e. sword, staff and spear).

Kyudo Kyudo is a Japanese martial arts style focused on archery.

Kyuk Too Ki Korean kickboxing.

Kyusho Jitsu A martial arts focused on targeting pressure points.

Laamb Laamb is a Senegalese martial arts that combines wrestling and punches.

Lathi Khela Lathi Khela is a Bangladeshi stick-fighting martial arts.

Lerdrit Lerdrit is amilitary martial artsused by the Royal Thai Army.

Leopard Kung Fu (Bao Quan) Leopard Kung Fu is a Chinese martial arts that focuses on aggressive speed and agility to defeat an opponent.

Lethwei Lethwei is a Myanmar (Burma) martial arts that is similar to Muay Thai and Kickboxing. However, Lethwei has less restrictions as this martial arts allows techniques such as headbutts.

LimaLama A martial arts from Samoa.

Linh Quyen Dao Linh Quyen Dao is a Vietnamese martial arts.

Lua Lua is a traditional Hawaiian martial arts that focuses on bone breaking, boxing, wrestling, weapons, etc.

Luta Livre Luta Livre is a Brazilian grappling martial arts known in Portuguese as Free Fighting.

Malla Yuddha Malla Yuddha is an Indian and Southeast Asian martial arts focused on combat wrestling.

Marine Corps Martial Arts Program(MCMAP) The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program is focused on unarmed combat, knife training, bayonet techniques, etc.

Mau Rakau Mau Rakau is a weapons-based martial arts developed by the Maori of New Zealand.

Military Martial Arts Military martial arts are martial arts styles used by and/or developed for the military. They are designed for real-life combat situations versus sport-based martial arts that ban certain techniques in order to avoid injuries.

Mixed Martial Arts Mixed Martial Arts utilizes techniques from a variety of different martial arts styles (i.e. wresting, jiu-jitsu, boxing, karate, etc.) in order to defeat an opponent.

Monkey Kung Fu (Hou Quan) Monkey Kung Fu is an unorthodox and acrobatic style used to disorient and attack opponents from unusual angles and positions.

Muay Boran Muay Boran is a Thai martial arts. ModernMuay Thaievolved from this martial arts style.

Muay Thai Muay Thai is a martial arts style from Thailand. It is similar to kickboxing but also involves elbow and knee strikes. Given its powerful kicks and knee strikes, Muay Thai is often an element ofMMAtraining.

Naginatajutsu Naginatajutsu is a Japanese martial arts style focused on the long pole weapon known as theNaginata.

Nam Hong Son Nam Hong Son is a Vietnamese martial arts.

Nhat Nam Nhat Nam is a Vietnamese martial arts.

Ninjutsu Ninjutsu is a martial arts style developed from the techniques used by ninjas (Japanese spies and assassins).

Nippon Kempo Nippon Kempo is aJapanese martial artsthat usespuncheskicksjoint locksandgrappling techniques.

Niten Ichi-Ryu Niten Ichi-Ryu is a two sword martial arts style created by the famous Japanese samurai, Miyamoto Musashi.

Niyuddha Niyuddha is an ancient Indian martial arts focused on kicking, punching and throwing.

Nunchaku Do Nunchaku Do is a martial arts focused on the sports usage of theNunchaku(Nunchucks).

Okichitaw Okichitaw is a hybrid martial arts that combines the traditional fighting techniques used by the Cree Indians (Native Americans) with techniques from martial arts such asTaekwondoandJudo.

Panantukan Panantukan is the boxing component of Filipino martial arts. Panantukan is not a sport, but rather a street-oriented fighting system. This martial arts is also known as Suntukan, Pangamot, Pakamot and Mano-Mano.

Pankration This Greek martial arts style combines grappling, kicking techniques and boxing. It was part of the first Olympics in 648 BC.

Pehlwani Pehlwani is anIndian martial artsfocused on wrestling & grappling techniques.

Pencak Silat Pencak Silat is the name used to refer to a variety of Indonesian martial arts.

Pradal Serey Pradal Serey is a Cambodian martial arts similar to Muay Thai and Kickboxing. Pradal Serey is well known for its use of elbow strikes in order to win a fight.

Praying Mantis Kung Fu Praying Mantis Kung Fu is known for its redirection, joint manipulation, pressure point attacks and trapping tactics.

Quarterstaff The British martial arts that uses a 6-9 foot wooden staff. Famous from the tales of Robin Hood.

Qwan Ki Do Qwan Ki Do (Quan Khi Do) is aVietnamese martial artsfounded by Pham Xuan Tong in the 1960s.

Sambo Sambo is a Russian martial arts style. There are two main types of Sambo; Combat Sambo and Sports Sambo.

Sanshou(or Sanda) Sanshou is a martial arts style developed for the Chinese military. It is focused on combat training and combines elements of kung fu, grappling and self-defense techniques.

Savate(French Kickboxing) Savate is a French martial arts style focused on boxing and kicking. No knee strikes are allowed.

Schwingen Schwingen is a Swiss martial arts focused on grappling.

Shaolin Kempo Karate Shaolin Kempo Karate is a hybrid martial arts that combines techniques from Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate and Asian wrestling.

Shaolin Kung Fu Shaolin Kung Fu is a well known style ofKung Fu. This martial arts was developed by the monks at the Shaolin Temple in China.

Shin Kicking Shin Kicking is an English martial arts or combat sports where the contestants kick each other in the shins until one withdraws from the contest.

Shindo Jinen Ryu Shindo Jinen Ryu is a martial arts that combines elements of Karate, Aikido & Jujutsu.

Shintaido Shintaido is a martial arts that combinesKarateKenjutsuandBojutsuwith spiritual and mediation elements.

Shootfighting Shootfighting is a combat sport similar to Mixed Martial Arts. It is focused on techniques from Muay Thai Kickboxing and total body Submission Grappling.

Shooto This Japanese martial arts style is similar to mixed martial arts and was created by Satoru Sayama.

Shorinji Kempo A Japanese martial arts that combines personal growth, health and spirituality with self-defense techniques such as punches, kicks, escapes, throws, etc. It is seen as a modified Japanese version of Shaolin Kung Fu and was established in 1947.

Shuai Jiao A Chinese martial arts focused mainly on wrestling and grappling techniques.

Shuri-Ryu Shuri-Ryu is a martial arts that combines elements ofKarateandKung Fu.

Sibpalki Sibpalki is aKorean martial artsthat teaches close combat skills that were utilized in the late 1700s.

Sikaran Sikaran is a Philippines martial arts focused almost exclusively on kicking.

Silambam Silambam is an Indian martial arts focused primarily onstafffighting.

Silat Silat is a Southeast Asian martial arts style focused on strikes (i.e. elbow and knee), throws, takedowns and weapons training.

Siljun Dobup Siljun Dobup is a sword-based martial arts based on Japanese and Korean traditions.

Singlestick This ancient English martial arts uses a wooden rod to practice techniques that were originally designed to teach cutlass fighting to sailors.

Small Circle Jujitsu Small Circle Jujitsu is anAmerican martial arts. It is a hybridgrappling systemand utilizes modified techniques from martial arts such asJujutsuJudoand others.

Sojutsu Sojutsu is a Japanese martial arts focused on spear fighting.

Soo Bahk Do Soo Bahk Do is a Korean martial arts that grew out ofTang Soo Do.

Special Combat Aggressive Reactionary System(SCARS) This martial arts program was taught to US Navy Seals in the 1980s and 1990s.

Spochan Spochan is a martial arts that uses air soft weapons to practice various sword & stick-based fighting techniques.

Ssireum Ssireum is a Korean martial arts focused on wrestling.

Sumo Sumo is aJapanese martial artsfocused on wrestling.

Systema Systema is a martial arts style used by some Russian special forces (i.e. Spetsnaz).

Taekkyeon Taekkyeon ia a Korean martial arts focused on low kicks, leg sweeps, trips, pushes, etc.

Taekwondo Taekwondo is a Korean martial arts style focused primarily on punches, blocks, strikes and kicks (i.e.spinning hook kick).

Tahtib Tahtib is an Egyptian martial arts focused on stick fighting. Students generally train with a 4 foot wooden stick.

Tai Chi Tai Chi is often seen as a gentle martial art because many seniors use its slow movements in order to improve their health & balance and to reduce stress.

Taido Taido is a Japanese martial arts that combines elements of Karate with gymnastic maneuvers & dynamic movement.

Taiho Jutsu Taiho Jutsu is a Japanese martial arts that was originally designed to help feudal police arrest armed criminals.

Tang Soo Do Tang Soo Do is a Korean martial arts style that is similar to Taekwondo and Karate.

Teukgong Moosool Teukgong Moosool (or Tukong Moosul) is a martial arts that was developed by South Korean special forces units.

Tessenjutsu Tessenjutsu is a Japanese martial arts based on the use ofTessen(war fans).

Thien Mon Dao Thien Mon Dao is a Vietnamese martial arts.

To-Shin Do A modernized version of Ninjutsu.

US ArmysModern Army Combatives Program This is the martial arts program taught by the U.S. Army.

Vale Tudo Vale Tudo is a Brazilian martial arts system that is similar to Mixed Martial Arts but with even fewer rules. The limited number of rules can result in more injuries during Vale Tudo contests.

Varma Kalai Varma Kalai is an Indian martial arts focused on pressure points. They claim that is also used for healing applications.

Vovinam Vovinam is a Vietnamese martial arts style.

Wing Chun Wing Chun is a Chinese martial arts style focused on strikes, grappling and weapons training.

Won Hwa Do Won Hwa Do (or WonHwaDo) is aKorean martial artsknown for its circular techniques.

Wrestling Wrestling, while used mainly for sports today, is an ancient martial arts style of fighting. It focuses on grappling, throws and pinning your opponent.

Wushu Wushu is the modern-day sports version of Kung Fu. Wushu was developed in the 1950s as an attempt to unify the multitude of traditional Chinese martial arts into one national style.

Xtreme Martial Arts Xtreme Martial Arts (XMA) combines gymnastics with martial arts techniques in order to create acrobatic martial arts tricks.

Yabusame Yabusame is a Japanese martial arts focused on archery while mounted on horseback.

Yamanni-Ryu Yamanni-Ryu is a martial arts style that focuses on training with Okinawan weapons (Kobudo).

Yaw Yan Yaw Yan is a Philippine kickboxing martial arts. It also utilizes grappling techniques and defenses against weapons.

Yongmudo Yongmudo (Yongmoodo) is a Korean martial arts style that combines techniques from martial arts such as Taekwondo, Judo and Ssireum.

Yoseikan Budo Yoseikan Budo is a Japanese martial arts system that combines a number of different martial arts includingAikidoJujutsuJudoKarateKobudoandBoxing.

Zui Quan Zui Quan is better known as the Drunken Fist style of Kung Fu.

Zulu Stick Fighting Zulu stick fighting is a South African weapons-based martial arts.

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