Martial arts describe many different schools and styles. Within those schools and styles are different approaches and specializations. And that’s just one side.

From grappling to striking, you can find what works best for you. Additionally, you can choose your intended intensity level. If you want to train to compete? Cool. Don’t want to get punched in the face? No problem.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the popular styles out there.


Great for those who aren’t interested in striking.

Great for redirection or breaking up fights with minimum harm.


Great for those that want to learn fighting mechanics, punches, combos, footwork, and defensive skills.

Great for those that want a demanding workout to get into great physical shape.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Great for those who aren’t interesting in punching or kicking.

Great for those interesting in chokes, joint locks, takedowns, and sweeps.

Great for those who want to grapple or fight on the ground.

Filipino Martial Arts

Great for learning how to stick fight and use other weapons.

Great for managing distance.

Great for learning footwork and combinations.


Great for learning grappling, throws, punches, kicks, strikes, pressure points, and joint locks.

Great for learning self-defense based on body type.

Great for learning traditional weapons including short stick, cane, rope, sword, and staff.


Great for learning how to throw or sweep people in multiple directions.

Great for learning balance and momentum.


Great for learning punches, kicks, strikes, and forms.

Krav Maga

Great for striking, takedowns, and locks.

Great for sparing.


Great for those who can’t decide between Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu.

Great for learning strikes, punches, kicks, throws, locks, chokes, and joint manipulation.

Great for those who are open to forms, competition, self-defense, and learning weapons.

Muay Thai

Great for those who want to learn the science of eight limbs – punch, kick, knee, and elbow.

Great for those who want to get into amazing shape.

Great for those who want to learn combinations.


Great for those who want to learn kicks and punches, mostly an emphasis on kicks.


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