Most Popular Martial Arts in the UK

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Most Popular Martial Arts in the UK

Martial arts made their way to the mainstream thanks mainly to the Hollywood spectacles such as Enter the Dragon, and fighter super stars like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chen, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. (For more trilling entertainment check out Top Cat Slot.) These fighting techniques haven’t lost their popularity ever since. Increasing numbers of people are signing up every year and clubs all over UK offer an astonishing choice of styles from Brazil, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Israel, the Philippines and more. Martial arts have proved to be extremely rewarding for fitness and the overall well-being of practitioners.

If you are wondering which practice is right for you, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular martial arts with basic info on what to expect of each.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

This ground-based grappling technique derived from judo will give you an iron grip and is full of workouts guaranteed to make your body look stunning.

If your primary goal is self-defense though, this isn’t the best choice, because you will rarely be able to take your opponent to the ground in real-life situations.

With BJJ tournaments becoming increasingly popular these days, this is a great choice if you like to compete!


Hailing from Japan in the late XIX century, this Olympic sport derived from jujutsu concentrates on throws and chokes, almost totally lacking strikes.

Expect to spend a lot of time practicing falling so it’ll hurt less when you get taken down.

if you’re in it for self-defense purposes, it’s more practical than BJJ. It’s a full-body workout, putting most pressure on your core and grip.

Krav maga

Developed by the Israeli Defense Force to be used in real-life combat situations, this technique is the most practical on the list. You will learn how to disarm the attacker and endure intense workouts with lots of drills enabling you to keep fighting even when you are exhausted.

If you crave contact, this is just for you, but keep in mind that you won’t find many krav maga tournaments around.

Kung Fu

Most famously used by Shaolin monks, this is a common name for a variety of techniques inspired by ancient Chinese philosophy. Great if you are seeking to improve balance and concentration, it’s a workout meant to strengthen both the body and the mind.

Which aspect of fighting you will emphasize will greatly depend on your chosen style.

Tae Kwon Do

With more followers than any other martial art, this traditional Korean sport is one of the most entertaining events at each summer Olympics. It is also one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world.

Attacks include punches, kicks and throws. You’ll do a lot of drills and a fair bit of sparring, as well as relaxation techniques, standard cardiovascular exercises and the famous breaking of boards and bricks with your hands and feet.