Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, judo, karate, taekwondo, muay thai, kickboxing — the list of martial arts forms goes on. Though the names are distinctive, the sport's styles share a commonality: self-defense.
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A quick Google search reveals that dozens of martial arts studios can be found throughout the Denver metro area. Here’s a look at some of the most popular types of martial arts being taught in the area:
A Korean martial art focused on punches, blocks, strikes and kicks. The style builds character and self-discipline. It is practiced around the world and is an Olympic sport.
A Japanese martial art based on fighting techniques, including punches, hand and elbow strikes, knee strikes and kicks. One of the most practiced martial arts in the U.S., the style embeds self-discipline and strong character.
A Japanese martial art that uses throwing and grappling techniques instead of strikes and kicks. Participants throw or trip their competitor to get them on their back. Judo also focuses on mental discipline.
A Brazilian martial art focused on self-defense. The style teaches a smaller person how to defend himself or herself against a larger opponent and how to escape from an opponent.
A martial arts style from Thailand that is similar to kickboxing — a stand-up sport practiced with gloves — but includes elbow and knee strikes.
Sources: livestrong.com, blackbeltwiki.com
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