A Martial Artist is often viewed as someone in good physical shape. When someone hears the term Martial Arts, often the first image they get is Bruce Lee from ‘Enter the Dragon’. Martial Arts not only teach you techniques to protect yourself, but can also improve your physique immensely.

In general most Martial Arts improve cardiovascular health and mental health. Martial Arts will develop other aspects of fitness, as it will be required to perform the techniques of the Art.

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If you are trying to find the best Martial Art for weight loss and getting in shape luckily, you have many options. Below I’ve listed some of the most famous Martial Arts used for fitness and their benefits.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a very effective form of Martial Arts and an excellent way to get fit. If your goal is to lose excess fat, Muay Thai should be on the top of your list.

An average training session of Muay Thai burns nearly 1000 calories per hour for a person weighing 150lbs. Making it one of the best calorie-burning activities and a great Martial Art for weight loss. Muay Thai also develops the upper and lower body as it incorporates punches and kicks.

 

Brazillian Jiu-jitsu

BJJ’s popularity has been on the rise for several reasons. Apart from its effectiveness in actual fights, being a grappling art BJJ is also a great physical activity. It burns roughly 700 calories per hour, for a person weighing 150lbs. BJJ improves overall strength and also improves joint strength, which will be very helpful in the later years.

 

Tai Chi

Tai chi has been seeing a steady growth in the number of practitioners worldwide. This Chinese Martial Art is favored by the elderly and middle-aged because it puts less strain on the body. Improving muscle strength, flexibility and balance, Tai Chi is a great option for many individuals.

 

Judo

Judo is an Olympic sport, as a full-contact sport, it has many practitioners around the world. Although Judo uses carefully executed techniques, these rely heavily on the physical strength of the practitioner. Judo requires strength in the entire body and is a great way to burn calories and build muscle.

 

Karate

As the world’s most practiced Martial Art, Karate has been acknowledged as a great way to burn fat as well as to learn self defense. Karate is similar to Muay Thai in terms of training style. Normally taught as a traditional Martial Art however, significantly less contact is involved at most Karate dojos. Karate is also a great Art in terms of improving mental health.

 

Taekwondo

Taekwondo is also another full-contact Olympic sport and heavily relies on kicks. With an emphasis in developing the leg muscle and coordination, Taekwondo also focuses a lot on flexibility and agility. A Taekwondo practitioners athletic ability is evident from the high flying kicks and spinning kicks. Both of which are difficult to execute without flexibility, leg, and core strength.

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All Martial Arts should develop the body, as it is not effective to learn a technique and be unable to execute it correctly.

Martial Arts will develop a person’s mind more than other sports or physical activities. Although some Martial Arts do it better than some, almost all of them give importance to mental health development. Some of the above Martial Arts use supplementary training such as weight training and running to further improve the body.

 

When selecting a Martial Art it is necessary to choose one that you can enjoy and continue with. Often with the more popular Martial Arts you may have multiple schools near you teaching the same Art.

As I always say, take advantage of the free trials offered and find the right one for you. Sticking with a Martial Art or program that you enjoy is more important than finding the perfect one that you end up quitting three months later.

 

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6 Comments

  1. I agree with you that martial arts can be one of the ways to lose weight, so as well to have the technics to protect one’s self and also a means for physical fitness.

    When I was younger, I learned the necessary steps of Karate though by my brother, who was having the Karate training. I did not go far for long, for I intended only to protect my self as self-defense, which I like to do during those days. I hope to do the training shortly.

    Thank you for the great information.
    Lyn

  2. That’s really a cool post. Once I was at the trial class for Brazillian Jiu-jitsu. In the middle I felt like I need to take a break, almost passed out, went to toilet, drunk some cold tap water and washed my face. But I’m not giving up so easily, came back and finished training. At this time I was excersising a lot on my own and was in a really good shape, but it wasn’t enough for that classes. So big respect for all the fighters there, they really push the limits. Talking about Tai Chi, it seems like it takes not so much effort, so you will not loose so many calories, however it’s very healthy for your mindset. By practising Tai Chi you may discover a power in you to start taking more concious choices, also in terms of food.
    Thank you Lee for your article!
    Dario

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