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Martial Arts Tips - Choosing a martial art

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:33pm
Combat sports with full contact. If you are drawn to UFC, Pride, and K1, consider Muay Thai, San Shou, and the mixed martial arts (MMA)
Focus on fitness. Those interested in fitness may consider Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Capoeira (and some non traditional styles that emphasize fitness)
Focus on self defense. All martial arts have self defense to varying degrees at their core. These are focused on it primarily: Hapkido, Krav Maga
Interest in Asian culture. To focus on traditional styles of martial art, consider Shaolin Kung Fu, Shotokan Karate, Wing Chun, Kuk Sool Won, Bujinkan
Low impact or meditative. See the separate Tips for Tai Chi. Some think of it as meditation and balanced movement, though its origins are in the martial arts
Select your goal. Common goals for martial arts are get fit, defend yourself, learn about asian culture, engage in a contact sport or an extreme martial art
Stand up styles. Standup styles include Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing/Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Wushu, and San Shou
Throwing styles. Throwing styles include Judo, Aikido, Shuai Jiao, and Hapkido
Weapons-based styles. Weapons-based styles include Kali, Lado, and Kendo
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