Hundreds of extraordinary athletes have had the opportunity to showcase their distinctive martial arts styles to the world through ONE Championship throughout the years. Through which the athletes have also been able to demonstrate the qualities taught by martial arts, which include integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion.
Although martial arts originated on the battleground, today's disciplines offer a way of self-improvement. Simply said, folks who practice martial arts improve their lives.
With that in mind, here are ten martial arts disciplines that athletes in the ONE Circle have on display. Let’s get into it.
Muay Thai is Thailand's national sport, and it is a martial art that goes back to Siam's Konbaung Dynasty.
King Chulalongkorn converted the martial art into a sport in the nineteenth century. Rules and restrictions were implemented in the years that followed. Muay Thai is practiced for self-defense, health, and personal improvement, in addition to competing.
Elbows, knees, kicks, and punches are the mainstays of "the art of eight limbs," but it also includes clinch work and sweeps.
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Rodtang Jitmuangnon, and Stamp Fairtex are the current holders of the three Muay Thai World Title belts fought in the ONE Super Series.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) dates back to the dawn of combat. It was performed in ancient Greece, China, Egypt, India, Italy, and Japan in various ways. However, each country's norms and regulations were distinct.
Modern mixed martial arts use grappling and strikes both standing and, on the ground, notwithstanding the ancient varieties of the discipline.
Mixed martial arts bouts account for the majority of the matches in the ONE Circle, and 11 ONE World Titles are presently on the line in this category.
Kung fu is credited with the genesis of several martial arts throughout Asia.
In ancient China, the method was developed for self-defense, hunting, and military training. Strikes, throws, joint manipulation, and pressure point assaults are all covered.
Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex Silva, renowned veteran Adrian Pang, and kickboxing phenom Enriko Kehl are among the athletes that employ this discipline.
The dispossessed Ryukyuans brought karate to Japan in the early twentieth century.
In the 1920s and 1930s, the discipline was methodically taught in "The Land Of The Rising Sun." The International Olympic Committee approved the sport's inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2016.
Karate, which originated as a branch of the Ryukyuan martial arts, was influenced by kung fu. Punching, kicking, elbowing, kneeing, and open-handed attacks are all used in this discipline.
Alain Ngalani, Ramon Gonzales, and Anatpong Bunrad are some of the most well-known pupils in the world's greatest martial arts school.
In 1882, Kano Jigoro, a Japanese genius, came up with the concept of Judo. He established the art in order to teach physical and mental well-being as well as morals.
The martial art has grown throughout time, and it is now an Olympic sport. Takedowns, throws, joint-locks, pins and chokes are all elements of the discipline.
This technique has been perfected by Japanese stars Yushin Okami, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Ayaka Miura, Ken Hasegawa, and Shinya Aoki.
When Jigoro Kano's greatest pupil Mitsuyo Maeda came to Brazil in 1914, he established Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ for short, as a branch of judo.
Carlos Gracie learned Maeda's efficient methods from him, but it is his younger, less athletic brother Helio Gracie who is credited with advancing "the gentle art" in the direction we see today.
Although BJJ includes stand-up components, it is primarily centered on using leverage and skill on the ground to defeat opponents with chokes and joint locks.
BJJ proponents in the world's greatest martial arts organization include ONE World Champions Bibiano Fernandes, Adriano Moraes, and Angela Lee. It grew to popularity as a tremendously effective martial art in the 1980s and 1990s.
Martial artists who studied Japanese and Chinese martial arts established Taekwondo in Korea between the 1940s and 1950s.
Head kicks, leaping kicks, spinning kicks, and other kicking maneuvers are the focus of this style.
Dae Hwan Kim, Kwon Won Il, and ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Champion Regian Eersel are among the sportsmen who practice the art of taekwondo.
Sanda is also known by the names wushu and sanshou. But there is one thing that all of these Chinese kickboxing styles have in common: they were established by the Chinese military.
Punching, kicking, stand-up wrestling, throws, sweeps, and takedowns are all part of this discipline.
Rene, a multi-time Wushu World Champion, Zhao Zhi Kang, a Chinese National Sanda Champion, and Eduard, a former ONE Lightweight World Champion and three-time gold medalist, are among the most renowned practitioners of this sport.
Lethwei is an old Myanmar martial art form that goes back to the 2nd century, when the Pyu Empire ruled most of Myanmar. Matches were originally held only for the sake of entertainment.
Kyar Ba Nyein, a 1952 Olympic boxer, travelled throughout Myanmar developing the sport's rules and regulations, which are still in use today.
Punches, knees, elbows, kicks, and headbutts are all used in lethwei, which is known as "the art of nine limbs."
Kun Khmer is ancient and goes back to the 9th century.
The martial technique was utilised to defend Cambodia against foreign invaders as well as to attack and conquer neighboring nations. Strikes and clinching are the main focus, while grappling on the ground is prohibited.
There you have it, the 10 martial art forms you’ll find in the ONE circle. If you’re in the market for martial arts gear, look no further and click here.