In the past few decades, martial arts have gained in popularity a lot. Not only do they teach discipline, but they can lose you some weight and help you learn how to defend yourself. Today, even more, and more women are engaging in such sports because they want to be sure they can defend themselves in some tricky situations or learn how to avoid them. However, martial arts are for everyone and each person who decides to engage in such workouts will certainly benefit a lot. But, sometimes it can be hard to choose the right one, so here is a simple overview of what each of these popular martial arts can offer.
When someone says MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) people often instantly think of UFC and cage fighting. However, MMA is not just about that. It actually offers many practical self-defence techniques that everyone can learn. Plus, MMA, like its name says, combines several different martial arts into one and nicely blends them together. An MMA fighter is offered a wide range of styles and techniques that can be used in real life or in a competition. It’s great for self-defense in an upright position and on the ground.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an offspring of Judo and it can teach you a lot about self-defence and boost your confidence. It is mainly focused on fighting on the ground and it can teach you locks and chokes that could get you out of any situation. What is more, BJJ is really great for your fitness and it will provide you with plenty of fun during the training. It engages your core and it really works on your legs. Plus, BJJ is great for beginners since you can learn a lot of new moves and strengthen your body, which gives you many health benefits. However, it has a few weaknesses when it comes to defence against weapons and group attacks, but for people who want to have fun while learning self-defence, it is a perfect choice.
Boxing is another great form of self-defence. And believe it or not, boxing is one of the original martial arts. It teaches you how to properly strike, block and avoid any hits and it is really effective both in MMA and in self-defence. What is more, boxing will give you some proper cardio workout since it focuses on footwork as well, and you need a really strong core to practice all those moves. And even though it focuses on the upper body, boxing will give you agility and speed. Also, if you wish to learn more and upgrade your boxing techniques, you can pair it with Muay Thai and get the best out of both sports.
Wing Chun is a style of Kung Fu whose popularity has grown during recent years. This martial arts has zero sporting applications and it solely focuses on learning solid self-defence skills and applying them when needed. What is more, Wing Chun fighters are some of the well-rounded fighters, mostly because this martial art also focuses on balance, which is the very foundation of Wing Chun. So, besides giving you a proper lecture in self-defence, Wing Chun will teach you how never to be caught off balance or have a poor defence stance.
This martial art is the best one if you want to teach all kinds of self-defence techniques and really boost your confidence. The literal translation from Hebrew of Krav Maga is “battle contact” it is the best description of this martial art. Krav Maga was originally developed by the Israeli Defense Force, but it has since been modified for the use of civilians. It offers a wide range of strikes, kick, block, fighting on the ground and defence against weapons and group attacks. However, the most important aspect is that it also teaches you how to avoid any physical contact and avoid fighting when possible. Plus, it is a great exercise for the entire body and it can even help you lose weight and tone your body in a blink of an eye.
When choosing the right martial arts for yourself, you should always consider your preferences and abilities. However, even though you don’t think you are skilled enough or fit enough, martial arts will teach you to be all that. Plus, they will boost your confidence, teach you how to defend yourself and others and how to be respectful. So, take your pick and good luck!
Morgan Rose Elliott is an aromatherapist, yoga instructor, animal lover, a happily married mother of two. She enjoys reading biographies and writing poems, sunny days on the beach and any shape and form of vanilla. Crazy about the ’80s, her favorite band is Duran Duran and she is obsessed with Netflix original Stranger things.