Styles of Martial Arts

What are the most popular styles of martial arts?

Ascension Martial Arts lessons primarily focus on the popular styles of Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai kickboxing.  However, there are hundreds of unique martial arts disciplines from all over the world that share many similarities. A few are detailed below. But no matter your preferred style, we strongly believe that any martial arts training will benefit your health and well-being.  


Taekwondo, (aka Tae Kwon Do or Taekwon-Do) is a Korean form of martial arts that roughly translates to “the way of the hand and foot”. It is known for punching and kicking, with an emphasis on high kicks, spinning jump kicks, powerful punching, and strong blocking techniques. This is a martial art that can be used for self-defense without weapons. It is well known as a prime base for children’s martial arts programs.


The Brazilian version of the Japanese martial art jujutsu, adapted by the Gracie family in 1925, BJJ is an art of leverage and submission (similar to wrestling). It focuses mostly on grappling and ground fighting, using the other person’s weight against them, gaining leverage and the ability to use strikes and submission holds. This fighting technique is an excellent way for people of any size to defend themselves against a larger opponent.


Muay Thai (aka Thai Boxing), Thailand’s national sport and cultural martial art, dates back to the 13th century and was developed as a form of close combat. It is a full-contact sport in which fighters must defeat their opponents by kicking, cinching, and hitting techniques, as well as grappling, where striking your opponent requires intense physical and mental discipline. It is yet another martial art that employs the body as a fighting weapon.


Karate is arguably one of the most well-known martial arts, with some impressive movements of powerful punches, kicks, and blocks. Karate originated in Japan in the early twentieth century, where the Japanese word “karate” means “empty handed.” Karate training focuses on self-defense and combat. The philosophy of karate also extends beyond the studio, where one will incorporate working on principles such as discipline and respect, replicating these in everyday life as well as in their martial arts practice.


Judo is one of the more recent forms of martial arts, so it has been influenced by other forms that came before it. It is a popular competitive sport in Australia and around the world that requires both mental discipline and physical prowess to defeat an opponent. Judo training may include techniques that allow participants to lift and throw opponents onto their backs, thereby leveraging their strength against them. Once on the ground, they can control their opponent by pinning them down and using various techniques such as joint locks and chokeholds until they submit.


There are numerous styles of Chinese martial arts, and Kung Fu has become a catch-all term for all of them, both ancient and modern. It is a popular martial art style that has gained popularity through film and television, with famous practitioners including Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, and Jet Li.

The lessons of Taekwondo, Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai Kickboxing all incorporate the fundamental basics of Kung Fu and martial arts in general.

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