For beginners who are looking to enter the world of martial arts, it can be difficult finding the right style of martial arts for you. With so many variations and styles to choose from, there is no real way for a beginner to choose which form of martial arts suits them best without first researching and learning about the many popular styles currently taught. For this reason, we have compiled a list of five popular styles of martial arts, so that beginner students can learn more about the techniques taught within each variation.

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Karate can be traced back to the early 1700s, making it one of the older forms of martial arts in recent times. This martial art utilizes contact techniques such as striking, grappling, joint manipulation, and much more. Many younger kids find karate to be fun and engaging, as it teaches students leadership skills, discipline, morals, and many other traits that can be applied in one’s daily life. If you are interested in teaching your child perseverance and positive affirmation, consider karate as an exceptional introduction into the martial arts.


Taekwondo is one of the most popular forms of martial arts, especially among younger children. This form of martial arts originated in Korea during the mid 1940s, around the same time as Krav Maga, and focuses on head kicks and spinning kicks, as well as striking. Taekwondo is so popular, in fact, that it officially became an olympic sport during the 2000 Olympics. Interestingly enough, the only other martial art to be included in the Olympics is judo. Taekwondo teaches strength and discipline to students, making it a great choice for younger children who are looking to incorporate an extracurricular activity into their daily routine.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

One of the most effective forms of martial arts used today, Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) can be found in many different types of combat sports because of its effectiveness for grappling, groundwork, and submission techniques. BJJ focuses on using chokes and joint-locks such as rear naked chokes, leg locks, and ankle locks to end competitive matches. Many competitors that use Brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques will train by rolling, a common term for sparring in the BJJ community which involves an extensive amount of groundwork. Although the origins of jiu-jitsu can be dated back to the early 1900s, the Gracie’s, a notorious family of BJJ experts, are often credited for bringing BJJ to the mainstream of martial arts in recent years.

Krav Maga

An incredibly effective style of self defense, Krav Maga became a prominent martial art in the mid 1940s. Krav Maga is designed as a way to prevent and deescalate confrontation in a quick and efficient manner. While Krav Maga teaches students to avoid confrontation when possible, it trains many students how to disarm threatening individuals while effectively countering attacks with aggressive force. Those who train in Krav Maga are taught to target the most compromising areas of the body as a means to quickly end a street fight or other kind of altercation. Krav Maga is so effective, that it is actively taught to Israeli soldiers, the United States Air Force, and many other branches of military. If you are interested in learning about practical self-defense techniques, Krav Maga is an excellent martial art to study.

Muay Thai

A fighting style originating in Thailand, Muay Thai origins date all the way back to the 16th century. This unique fighting style utilizes a combination of various techniques like striking, clinching, knees, shins, and elbows. Many mixed martial arts competitors borrow from this popular style of fighting, as Muay Thai is designed to improve one’s conditioning through rope jumping, running, lifting weights, and more. A unique aspect of Muay Thai is that it focuses heavily on improving the hardness of one’s shins. This process is known as cortical remodeling, and is useful for improving an individual’s shin checks which can prevent potentially damaging leg kicks from opponents. Muay Thai is a great style of training for those looking to enter combat sports or improve their overall mental endurance.

At Marietta Martial Arts, we believe in teaching students martial art techniques that will not only help them improve their skill in the sport, but also provide empowerment in their daily life by instilling self esteem and positive attitudes in all of our students. To learn more about any of our offered classes, camps, or afterschool programs, visit our website today! Our staff of highly trained master instructors are dedicated to improving you or your child’s martial art abilities while teaching values that can be applied to everyday situations. Contact Marietta Martial Arts today to begin your journey down the path of martial arts!