Let’s take a look at three popular martial arts that we offer here at Impact. Martial arts come in all shapes and sizes, and the number of different styles is practically infinite. Some focus on a single martial art, like boxing or karate, while others combine disciplines into mixed martial arts. But, which is the most popular style of martial arts? That depends on who you ask.
Muay Thai (Striking)
One of the most popular styles of martial arts in the world is, without a doubt, Muay Thai. Originating in Thailand, this martial art focuses on the use of punches, kicks, and elbow strikes to defeat an opponent. Not only is Muay Thai great for self-defense, it’s also a great way to build strength and endurance, which makes it an excellent martial art to practice for sport. From Muay Thai fights to professional mixed martial arts, this martial art is incredibly popular all around the world.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Grappling or Wrestling)
Another of the most popular martial arts in the world is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Originating in Brazil, this martial art focuses on the use of takedowns and submissions to defeat an opponent. Not only is it great for self-defense, it’s also a great way to build strength and endurance, which makes it an excellent martial art to practice for sport. In the case of Brazilian jiu jitsu, takedown techniques that originated from judo, pinning and submission techniques, is one of the key to its popularity.
Filipino Martial Arts (Weaponry)
Also known as Kali, Eskrima or Arnis, Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) comes from the Philippines is a style of combat derived from the need to defend against invaders from the outside world. Over time, FMA has increased in popularity as more people have learned about it and shared it across the world. Maybe you’ve seen it used in movies like The Book of Eli, The Bourne Identity and 2021’s remake of Dune. Today, millions of people all over the world learn about the culture, the art, how to use it in combat. Check out this video from our YouTube channel to learn a bit more.