Learn About Martial Arts Styles and Instruction
By Robert Rousseau, About.com Guide
- Martial Arts Basics
- Styles By Country of Origin
- Striking Styles
- Grappling Styles
- Throwing Styles
- Low Impact or Meditative Styles
- Weapons Based Styles
- Hybrid Styles
- Pioneers and Innovators
- Striking and Stances Tutorials
- Grappling and Takedowns Tutorials
- Health & Fitness
- Book and DVD Reviews
Martial Arts Basics
It's always best to start with the basics. Take in some literature on the styles and basic techniques of martial arts.
- What Are Martial Arts?
- Getting to Know Martial Arts Styles
- What is the Best Type of Martial Art?
- Overview of Martial Arts Techniques
Styles By Country of Origin
Virtually every country in the world can name a martial arts style all its own. Here's the place to learn about the unique martial arts types that can be found in the neck of the woods you're interested in.
- Brazilian Martial Arts Styles
- Chinese Martial Arts Styles
- Japanese Martial Arts Styles
- Korean Martial Arts Styles
The striking styles teach practitioners how to utilize punches, kicks, elbows, blocks, and knees to their advantage. Learn the history of the striking styles and what makes each one of them unique here.
Early in history, people began to realize just how often fights ended up on the ground. Hence, came the grappling styles. If you're looking to learn the history of specific grappling styles, including what sets each of them apart, you've come to the right place.
The throwing martial arts styles are all about using an attackers' aggression against them. The history of these particularly unique styles is all the rave here.
Low Impact or Meditative Styles
Those that practice the low impact styles of martial arts are more concerned with breathing techniques, fitness, and the spiritual side of things than combat, even if all of these styles were once used for combat.
Weapons Based Styles
You've come to the place with information on some of the more popular martial arts styles that utilize weapons.
Once you put these styles together, you end up with the sport of MMA or mixed martial arts. Check out the history and specifics of the sport here.
Pioneers and Innovators
Martial Arts Pioneers and Innovators - Check out the story on some of the most influential martial artists of all-time here.
Striking and Stances Tutorials
Learn some of the moves that make the standing or striking arts unique.
Grappling and Takedowns Tutorials
Here are some of the techniques that grappling style enthusiasts use in order to impose their will.
Health & Fitness
Being a martial artist is hard work. In other words, you have to be in shape. Read up on some ways to accomplish this outside of your martial arts training here.
Book and DVD Reviews
If you're looking for some worthwhile books or DVD's on martial arts, you've come to the right place. Check out our reviews here.
- Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training by C.M. Shifflett
- Bagua Linked Palms
- Jiu Jitsu: The Essential Guide to Mastering the Art
- Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro
- Muay Thai Basics by Christoph Delp