Many people that do not an in-depth knowledge of multiple martial arts styles, will often decide what style to learn based solely on martial arts moves that they have seen. While this isn’t an inherently bad idea, especially if you want to learn martial arts for fun or to stay in shape, it also means that a bigger decision must first be made. Every form of martial arts has an underlying style or concept that will be reflected in all of the moves that you will learn. That means that you first need to make a decision about the overall style that you want to learn.
There are a variety of factors that you need to consider to find a style that has martial arts moves that you want to learn. If you have never done anything like this before, then one factor that you may want to consider is your age and vulnerability to injury. If, under no circumstances, you cannot sustain an injury then choosing a very low impact style is a good idea. There are three basic styles of martial arts moves: striking, grappling, and weaponry. While many forms are a combination or two or three of these styles, it is important to decide what kind of martial arts moves you want to focus on.
For example, if you want to use punches and kicks then striking should be an aspect that you focus on. If you prefer to learn throws and take-downs, then grappling should be your emphasis. Many people are learning different martial arts styles, not for sport, but for self defense. If this is a case, then choosing a style that allows for quick disarming and ending the fight quickly should be a priority.
With a rise is mixed martial arts, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding whether or not MMA (sport martial arts) is better for self defense On one side of the argument, sport martial arts trains you to compete for a specified length of time, whereas defense-oriented martial art forms want to help you end the fight as quickly as possible. While sport martial arts is growing in popularity, it is not the right choice for everyone
A Quick Review
While deciding which martial arts styles to learn based upon your favorite martial arts moves is not a bad idea, it is important to consider other factors as well. The first thing to consider is how much contact you want to, or can, handle. If you are older, injury prone, or simply do not want to endure high levels of contact, then a high impact art form like kick-boxing, is probably not right for you. A second consideration is what overall skill set you want to learn. Do you want to learn how to strike, grapple, use weapons, or a combination? Just because your favorite move in a certain form of martial arts is a throw, that doesn’t mean that all you will learning is different take-downs Finally, you need to take into consideration why you want to learn martial arts. If you are interested in general health, self-defense, or just want to have a good time, it can drastically affect which choice is right for you.
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