Martial Arts

Martial arts are various methods of armed and unarmed combat that originated centuries ago in Asia, primarily China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.

The word ‘martial’ derives from the name Mars, who was the Roman god of war.  The term martial arts refers to all of the various systems of training

 that have been arranged or systematized.

Martial arts usually have the dual purpose of physical fitness and self-defense

Some martial arts emphasize one purpose over the other, however, the very name of “martial” arts implies defense or combat. Almost anyone can learn and practice martial arts, from fitness beginners to those already fit. A person participating in a martial art class can expect to learn a series or a group of usually graceful exercise movements that keep the body and mind strong and healthy. They can be performed by young and old, and range from simple stretching and meditative exercises to more complicated and demanding physical activities requiring mental concentration. The training is usually done without weights or special equipment and can be practiced alone or in a group.

Martial arts can be broken down into five distinct categories: Stand-up or striking styles, grappling styles, low impact styles, weapons based styles.


Striking or Stand-Up Styles

  • Boxing
  • Karate
  • Krav Maga
  • Kung Fu
  • Kickboxing
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Brazilian Jiu
  • Jitsu
  • Russian Sambo
  • Wrestling

    Throwing or Takedown Styles

    • Aikido
    • Judo
    • Hapkido
    • Shuai Jiao

    Weapons Based Styles

    • Iaido
    • Kali
    • Kendo

      Low Impact or Meditative Styles

      • Tai Chi
      • Chi Gong based styles