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The Most Popular Martial Arts to Learn in 2022

There are many different martial arts that you can learn. Each one has its own set of rules, strategies, and techniques. Depending on what you want to get out of the experience, there’s a martial art that will suit you.

These fighting styles offer a range of benefits and insights into different aspects of self-awareness and personal growth. They are also challenging at times and require dedication to master them fully.

Let’s take a look at the most popular martial arts you can learn today.

Escrima

Escrima is a Filipino martial art combining elements of boxing, karate, and fencing. It was developed by Chinese immigrants in the Philippines during the 19th century and it’s the national sport of the Philippines.

It is characterized by its emphasis on footwork, agility, and coordination.

In addition to its combat applications, escrima can also be used for sports or self-defense purposes. Practitioners will often use wooden sticks (known as “bokken” in Japanese) when sparring with one another which are also typically used for training.

Other weapons such as knives and swords can also be used depending on their size and weight. Training typically involves doing drills focusing on each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

Due to its emphasis on footwork, escrima is often referred to as “the dancing art” or “the dancing weapon”.

Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that combines striking, kicking, and punching to develop physical strength, mental focus, and self-discipline. It was originally used for self-defense and to help soldiers fight in battle.

Today, it’s practiced for a variety of reasons, including fitness, self-improvement, and entertainment. Taekwondo consists of Kihap (forms), Kumdo ( sparring) and Ta Ebo (free sparring).

Kihap is a series of basic training exercises that are performed in the beginning stages of learning Taekwondo. They teach students how to move through space effectively while focusing on form and technique.

Kihap also develops coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength as students master each movement step by step.

Kumdo trains students to perform actions quickly under the pressure of an opponent’s attacks. It involves sparring against an opponent without any protective equipment.

Ta Ebo simulates actual combat situations where students feel the effects of an attack or counter-attack on their bodies. Ta Ebo uses free sparring where students can exercise their initiative to fight another person.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, a Jewish-born military officer who immigrated to Israel from Hungary. It is based on the combination of tactics and techniques drawn from real-life combat situations.

The name “Krav Maga” translates as “Contact Combat.” Lichtenfeld’s style of combat was specifically designed for use in close-quarter situations where an attacker can’t use a gun or other lethal weapon.

It emphasizes speed, efficiency, and control. Lichtenfeld believed that the best defense against an attack was the ability to quickly react and implement the right tactics in any situation.

His goal was to create a set of practical self-defense techniques that could be used by civilians in the street or by law enforcement officers in the field. Although Krav Maga has gained widespread popularity in recent years, it was actually developed more than 70 years ago.

MMA: Mixed Martial Arts

UFC is the world’s largest organization for mixed martial arts (MMA) and has produced some of the best-known fighters in the world. The UFC organizes events all over the world, including events in China, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and Europe.

There are also several UFC television programs, including UFC Unleashed and The Ultimate Fighter.

The UFC was founded in 1993 by Dana White, a former bouncer from New Jersey. White started the company as a way to promote MMA, which at the time was still illegal in many countries around the world.

To date, the UFC has held over 1,000 events and has featured over 500 fighters from around the world.

MMA has also become prominent in the sports betting scene, gaining more and more traction every year.

Many of today’s top UFC stars got their start in smaller promotions before moving on to bigger organizations like World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), EliteXC, and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Conclusion

Each of us is born with our strengths and weaknesses. Some are natural athletes, while others struggle to keep up in gym class.

Whatever your case may be, there are a variety of martial arts that can help you improve your physical fitness, balance, strength, and coordination.

In addition to helping you develop beneficial lifelong habits, these arts are also an excellent way to get in shape and learn how to defend yourself if the need arises.