The principle of softness in the martial arts, also known as gentleness or suppleness is often talked about and practiced. However the idea of violent action being countered with softness seems counter intuitive to the purpose of the martial arts. Within the Japanese martial arts “Ju” or gentleness is a large factor and lies at the…

Kuzushi or breaking an opponent’s balance is probably one of the most important aspects of Ju Jitsu. We see its importance in almost every technique, whether it is a throw, lock or, strike. So why is Kuzushi so important? Why does it need to be used so much to make Ju Jitsu work? Kuzushi: Breakdown…

JuJitsu comprises many different facets of fighting such as locks, throws and groundwork. However atemi or striking is an aspect that seems to have been forgotten by many of JuJitsu’s descendant arts. Why is this? Why do these styles no longer make use of atemi and can it be incorporated now? Before we get any further I…

Martial Arts Lab decided to conduct a research to find out which martial arts type is considered to be the best in the world according to visitors of our website. The following list is Top 10 Martial Arts that have been chosen by the visitors of Martial Arts Lab (updated October 04, 2014). Top 10 Martial…

There are very many types of martial arts. To differentiate between the different types of martial arts accordingly, it is better to consider the origin. Below are the most common types of martial arts according to where they originated from. Most popular Types of Martial Arts by areas: 1. Japanese Martial Arts Most popular types: a. Karate: This is…