Choosing the martial arts style that is right for you


First, you must figure out what you want out of martial arts training.

Fitness, fun, social interaction, health, fantasy, exercise, self defence, self-confidence, weight control, strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, protection, security, interest in tradition or culture, achievement, sport, competition, relaxation, etc?


Based on what you think you want, you then can choose a style that has characteristics that you aspire to.

Aggressive, practical, passive/defensive, hard, medium, soft, subtle, extreme, prone to injury, least injury, easy, soft, meditative, way of life, fast, slow, grappling, throwing, standing-up, falling, rolling, street-wise, competition, discipline, weapons, sharp weapons, knives, sticks, staffs, self defence, etc. ?


Then you investigate the basic features or characteristics of various styles to see whether there is a match. To do this, either research in a library, or ask some friends who have done many years of martial arts, or search the internet.


Good luck in choosing your style!



Written by John Chow,  a practitioner of Chinese medicine, acupuncturist, masseur, healer and teacher of Tai Chi, Chi kung, martial arts and spiritual paths in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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