Combat Sports Guide: Which martial art is for you?

So, you're thinking of getting into a combat sport. You may have heard about the several advantages of combat sports training, including self-discipline, confidence, exercising, enhanced coordination, and, of course, self-defense.

There's only one question to ask,

Which combat sport is right for you?

To answer that question, consider why you want to learn a combat sport in the first place. Are you interested in learning how to defend and protect yourself? Why not get some good exercise? Are you searching for a way to socialize and make new friends? Do you have a passion for spirituality and meditation?

Many people aspire to study a combat sport for a variety of reasons. Based on the most popular motivator, we'll go through some of the top combat sports practiced around the world.

Boxing

Boxing may be combat sport's ultimate test of physical and mental endurance. Athletes rely on lightning-fast footwork and the ability to throw accurate, powerful punches throughout 12 three-minute rounds while avoiding blows from an opponent who is trying to knock them out.

Boxing is the most popular combat sport and is highly popular to compete in; however, be aware that it contains a lot of head knocks. If you don't want to do this, try boxing training as a workout. It is also one of the most effective weight-loss activities.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a combat form that emphasizes stand-up attacks, kicking, and clinching. It was developed in Thailand in the 18th century and is currently the country's national sport. It's similar to kickboxing in style, but it's a lot tougher since you use your fists, knees, elbows, and shins.

Muay Thai workouts are demanding, and sparring is considerably more so. Many of the moves require a high level of flexibility and balance, which leads to increased strength and core stability, as well as increased stamina.

Mixed Martial Arts

MMA is a full-contact combat sport that allows for a range of methodologies such as boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and grappling. The multi-discipline sport is performed both standing upright and, on the ground, using skills from a variety of combat sports and martial arts. To grasp the complete picture of MMA, you'll need to go back through the UFC's history.

Kick Boxing

Kickboxing is exactly what it sounds like! It emerged from karate mixed with boxing as a stand-up sport focusing on kicking and punching. Kickboxing is a competitive sport with weight divisions and other rules. Kickboxing is a popular sport that may be used for both general fitness and self-defense.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga is an Israeli military self-defense and fighting method formed from a mix of techniques from boxing, wrestling, aikido, judo, and karate, as well as realistic combat training.

Krav Maga focuses on self-defense techniques while simultaneously targeting sensitive regions including the eyes, nose, throat, and crotch. There are no competitions in Krav Maga; it is primarily a self-defense and strike-to-neutralize martial art.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that emphasizes grappling and ground fighting. Because 95% of street confrontations end up on the ground, this technique teaches you how to take and hold your opponent down.

BJJ is based on the idea that a smaller, weaker individual may effectively defend oneself against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by employing technique, leverage, and, most importantly, getting the fight to the ground, where they can beat the opponent with joint locks and chokeholds.

Judo

Judo is another late-nineteenth-century Japanese sport that has grown into a combat and Olympic sport. The goal is to either throw or take down an opponent to the ground, use a pin to immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent, or use a joint lock or choke to compel an opponent to submit.

Karate

This well-known martial art is highly influenced by Kung Fu and is mostly a striking art that employs punching, kicking, knee and elbow attacks, as well as open-hand techniques including knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. Karate is a competitive sport that made its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020, but it is also widely taught for self-defense.

Uniform

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With a host of combat sports to chose from, you can be sure to find training gear, kits, gis, gloves and more at Starpro.