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Martial arts and martial arts overview

Overview of the most popular martial arts worldwide

On this martial arts overview you will find the most famous martial arts and martial arts. When we talk about martial arts or martial arts, do you also think of Asian martial arts, old KungFu masters with long white beards or invincible swordsmen flying through the air? When hearing the keyword “martial arts”, many people think of judo, wrestling, or karate. Common martial arts that have long been established in Germany.

Diversity from Aikido to Zui Quan

Nowadays, however, a much wider range of martial arts or fighting styles is offered. These include, for example, Aikido, Krav Maga, Mixed Martial Arts or WingTsun. All of them have their own advantages and different orientations. Be it a specialization in self-defense, the focus on a sporting challenge or the goal of mental balance. Here we list common martial arts in Germany for you.

We'll also explain the difference between martial arts and martial arts. If you are interested in practicing a martial art, you will find the most important details, videos or further information about the different fighting styles here. Have fun exploring and finding a martial art that suits you and helps you to achieve your wishes and goals.

List of martial arts with a brief description

The overview of martial arts, martial arts and fighting styles is sorted alphabetically. The most common fighting styles that are practiced and taught in Germany are listed. The martial arts overview is constantly updated and filled with other martial arts. We are also happy to receive your recommendations if you would like a martial art to be included in the martial arts list.

Aikido - Modern martial art with centuries-old traditions

Everything about Aikido backgrounds, history, philosophy, graduation, strategy, weapon combat, clothing, videos and book tips for Aikido.


The Baguazhang style is one of the internal Chinese martial arts. It is protected by the state by the 'intangible cultural heritage of the People's Republic of China'.

Boxing - a world-famous martial arts today and in the past

The world-famous competitive sport of boxing is still very popular, especially when boxing is broadcast live.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) - a martial art focused on grappling and ground fighting techniques

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a South American advancement of Japanese Judo and Jiu Jitsu, which focuses on ground fighting.

Budo - Japanese martial arts with philosophy

Budo is the comprehensive generic term for all Japanese martial arts, which, in addition to the aspect of combat, also conveys inner teachings.

Capoeira - the dance fight from Brazil

The world-famous "Capoeira" fighting dance comes from Brazil and was previously practiced in secret by slaves as an unarmed martial art.

Fencing - One of the oldest forms of competition known to man

An introduction to the competitive sport of fencing. The handling of bladed weapons has a particular elegance. More about fencing that originated in Europe.

Filipino Martial Arts - Everything you need to know about Arnis / Escrima or Kali

Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), also known as Arnis, Eskrima or Kali, is one of the weapons-oriented fighting styles from the Philippine Islands.

Grappling - A fighting style used as a template for other martial arts

Grappling stands for ground fighting or wrestling with abandonment techniques and is used in many martial arts. In the meantime it has established itself as a martial arts in its own right.

Hapkido - A well-known Korean martial art alongside Taekwondo

Hapkido is the second most popular martial art from Korea next to the world-famous Taekwondo. Numerous throwing and levering techniques are characteristic.

Hsing-I - Inner martial art with five elements

Hsing-I is an internal martial art with a special character. Internal martial arts are all about balancing Ying & Yang. With the Hsing-I, many exercises are performed with the ...

Iaido - The Japanese Art of Sword Drawing

Iaido is the Japanese art of drawing the sword and dates back to the samurai era. The special thing about it is that you can start an effective attack while you are drawing the sword.

Jeet Kune Thu

Jeet Kune Do is a martial arts style that was developed by Bruce Lee. The concept is designed to be as efficient as possible in a fight.

Jiu Jitsu

Learn about the unarmed martial arts of the samurai. Here there is an introduction and detailed information about Jiu Jitsu, the yielding martial art.

Ju Jutsu - Modern self-defense system from Germany

The modern self-defense system Ju Jutsu was founded in Germany in 1969. It consists of Aikido, Karate and Judo and focuses on self-defense.

Judo - The gentle, yielding and flexible way

An introduction to Olympic martial arts from Japan. Its historical background, the principles, strategies and about judo in Germany.


The fighting style Kalarippayat, also known as Kalaripayattu, has its roots in Kerala in southern India. Even today, the martial art is still widespread in South India. In the ancient Indian ...

Kali - national sport and martial art from the Philippines

Kali, also known as Arnis or Escrima, is a Filipino martial art that mainly specializes in dealing with weapons (stick & sword).

Karate - The martial art of the empty hand

An introduction to the martial art of karate, which emerged in the 19th century. More about the history and the competitive and fitness aspect of karate.

Kendo - insight and further information about the way of the sword

Kendo means: "The way of the sword" and is a modern Japanese martial art of sword fighting, which is based on Japanese samurai and their kenjutsu.

Kenjutsu - Japanese sword art

Kenjutsu is the generic term for all forms of Japanese swordsmanship. It is also about the inner attitude, alertness and spontaneity in sword fighting.

Kickboxing - fitness and competitive sports from the USA

Introduction and detailed information about the martial arts kickboxing. There is semi, light or full contact in the competition. It is also ideal fitness training.

Krav Maga - Military close combat as effective self-defense

Krav Maga is an Israeli hand-to-hand combat system, which is now also used for private self-defense. Learn more about Krav Maga.

Kung Fu - from the monastery to Hollywood Studios

Kung Fu means 'something achieved through hard, patient work' and is associated with Chinese martial arts / styles in the west.

Kyokushin Karate - One of the toughest full contact karate styles

Kyokushin Kaikan is a karate organization that focuses on full contact. It is considered to be one of the toughest karate styles in the world.

Kyudo - The Art of Japanese Archery

The practiced art of Japanese archery impresses with the precise sequence of movements, the ceremony and the traditional Kyudo clothing.