List of martial arts


List of martial arts

There are a large number of distinct styles and schools of martial arts. Sometimes, schools or styles are introduced by individual teachers or masters, or as a brand name by a specific gym. Martial arts can be grouped by type or focus, or alternatively by regional origin. This article focuses on the latter grouping.

For hybrid martial arts, as they originated from the late 19th century and especially after 1950, it may be impossible to identify unique or predominant regional origins. It is not trivial to distinguish "traditional" from "modern" martial arts. Chronology isn't the decisive criterion, as, for example, "traditional taekwondo" was developed in the 1950s, while the "modern" hybrid martial art of Bartitsu was developed in ca. 1900.

A large portion of traditional martial arts can be categorized as folk wrestling (see the separate article), although in some cases a folk wrestling style and a modern combat sport may overlap or become indistinguishable from each other once the sport has been regulated.

Contents

Africa

African styles of stickfighting
African folk wrestling
other

The Americas

Indigenous traditions

Bolivia
Canada
Hawaii

Modern sports

Latin America

Brazil
Colombia
  • La Mano Negra (Manegra)
Mexico
Peru
Venezuela

USA

United States

Sli Beatha

Asia

Cambodia
China
See List of Chinese martial arts.
  • Kung Fu
India
Indonesia
Japan
See List of Japanese martial arts
Korea
Laos
  • Muay Lao
Malaysia
Myanmar
Okinawan martial arts
Pakistan
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam

Europe

Historical European martial arts

European folk styles

England
France
Ireland
Portugal
Scotland
Spain
Switzerland
Iceland

Modern sports

France
Germany
Italy
Poland
Russia
Serbia
Spain
Ukraine
United Kingdom

Middle East & Central Asia

Traditional

Modern

Iran
Israel

Oceania

Traditional

Modern

See also


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