Which Martial Arts style is right for you?
If you've never had any experience of martial arts before, it can be daunting trying to decide which one to choose. People often ask for specific styles of martial arts without knowing anything about the style. In general the type of martial art you should choose depends on what you want to achieve. Some common goals are; self defence, physical fitness, competition fighting, strength, discipline etc. Some styles can help you with all of these aims and others won't help much at all.
Unfortunately, for most of these aims, you won't know whether the style you choose will fulfill your aim until you have given it a try. This is why we offer all our new students a free trial first so they can have a risk-free taster session of what we have to offer. But for those of you who want a little more information first, here is a brief outline of the types of martial arts available.
The martial arts of the world break down into 2 broad types: armed and unarmed. Armed martial arts comprise such styles as; archery, fencing both eastern and western, kobudo (Japanese study of ancient weapons) and obviously firearms. One or two systems teach defence against weapons used in stabbing, cutting and striking. Many of the weapon based systems are impracticable for self defence though they are still popular and some are useful for keeping fit, though not many.
Unarmed combat in martial arts is by far the most popular and itself breaks down onto 3 broad divisions: striking styles which comprise of kicking and punching, wrestling styles which comprise of wrestling, grappling and throwing and finally styles which include both striking and wrestling.
Striking and Kicking Styles:
These styles come from around the world, though they are mainly from the East. Styles such as: Boxing originally from Britain in its modern form, Karate from Japan, Kung Fu (there are hundreds of kung fu styles) from China, Tang Soo Do, Soo Bahk Do and Tae Kwon Do from Korea, Muay Thai from Thailand and Savate from France. In recent years the sport of kickboxing has emerged from both Europe and the US and has overtaken many of the more traditional martial arts.
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Striking, Kicking and Traditional Styles:
Our system is based on ancient martial arts dating back 2,000 years offering all the benefits of traditional Korean martial arts, Japanese Karate and Chinese Kung Fu.
Which style you choose depends very much on what you want to achieve with your martial arts - whether you want self defence, fitness, strength, confidence or self discipline. Some styles will give you one but not another whilst a few will give you all of these.
So how do you find out which style is for you? Well, that is something you can only find out by taking action and giving it a go.
At Bolton Martial Arts, the martial art we study is called Tang Soo Do, Now I know if you have never done any martial arts before, that will mean very little to you. That is why I am offering a free 30 day trial and a free uniform to help you get started on your path towards the goals you are looking to achieve. Whether it is weight loss, fitness, confidence, self defence or even discipline for the kids, click here to take advantage off some off our offers at Bolton Martial Arts.