Martial arts have been around since ancient times, since times when people had to use their own bodies as weapons against those who would threaten them. What started off as fighting styles, developed over time into veritable arts designed to keep both a person’s body and spirit in balance. Most martial arts involve self-defence, self-cultivation, fitness, combat skills, mental discipline, character development, and even meditation to some extent.
Therefore, it was only a matter of time until the general public picked up on these practices, even when their safety wasn’t being threatened in any way. Over time, these martial arts became widespread and popular, almost to the point that pretty much any country has its own style or its own interpretation of how martial arts should be practiced. Long story short, here are the ten most popular types of martial arts in the world today.
9Jeet Kune Do
This particular fighting style was developed by none other than Bruce Lee himself. In a rough translation, Jeet Kune Do means ‘way of the intercepting fist’, which says quite a lot about what the focus of this art is and how are you supposed to practice it. This being said, Jeet Kune Do is not a fighting style as much as it is a combat philosophy that borrows elements from other fighting styles, making it one of the most versatile martial arts in the world.