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MMA | Mixed Martial Arts Styles

Mixed Martial Arts is a sport that uses many martial arts styles to create a freestyle form of fighting that adheres to the few rules that govern the sport. Popular in Japan, Brazil, and the United States, some forms of events are called PRIDE Fighting Championships and UFC (Ultimate fighting Championship).

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a Thai art that can be classified as kickboxing. Muay Thai boxers are able to use knees, elbows, shins, and feet while fighting. Boxing type gloves are also used. Muay Thai is an extraordinarily physical art requiring a high level of physical conditioning. It is similar to western boxing in that it has stables of fighters, rings for competition and trainers.


Ninjutsu is a Japanese martial arts style in the sense of combat, but ninjutsu also incorporates the tools of an advance scout or spy. Practitioners, called a ninja, learn the skills of survival, concealment, and espionage. Ninja are popular in the movies and are often portrayed as villains because their ways were cloaked in secrecy.


Sambo, an abbreviation of the Russian words Samozaschita Bez Oruzhiya, means "self defense without a weapon." Sambo was heavily influenced by judo as well as indigenous Russian wrestling. Developed for the Russian military, the jacket and uniform used in competition reflects a military uniform in design, including belt loops on the fighting jacket.

Shaolin Kung Fu

Shaolin kung fu is a form of kung fu that is based in animal systems. Fighting forms come from mimicking animals such as tigers, snakes, or cranes, as well as others. The history of the Shaolin temple is intertwined with lore and fact. Shaolin kung fu uses weapons such as spears, sticks, and swords, in addition to open hand applications.

Shorinji Kempo

Shorinji Kempo is Japanese and incorporates Buddhism into the art, adding a distinctly spiritual emphasis. Shorinji Kempo contains the strikes, joint locks, throws, and other aspects of what would be considered a traditional martial art from an Eastern perspective.


Silat or Pencak Silat is an art from Indonesia and the adjacent regions. a varied and creative art, it allows for and encourages personal adaptation of technique. Virtually all parts of the body are used to attack and defense. Mapped lines of attack and defense are often placed on the training floor to serve as training aids regarding movement.

Southern Praying Mantis

Southern Praying Mantis is a form of kung fu that mimics the insect called a praying mantis. Designed for fighting close, the arms are used to trap, pin and strike. This form also uses both hard and soft movements.


Sumo is an ancient Japanese sport surrounded by ceremony and Shinto ritual. Professional Sumo can trace its roots back to the Edo Period in Japan as a form of sporting entertainment. The original sumo wrestlers were probably samurai, often ronin, who needed to find an alternat source of income. The rules of sumo are fairly simple: the first wrestler to step out of the ring or to touch the ground with any part of his body other than the soles of his feet loses.


Systema is a Russian martial art that has no kata and no ranking system (e.g., badges or belts). Systema uses movement joined with breathing to create a means of fighting and controlling one's body during conflict. With no weapons per se, Systema uses anything available to create an impromptu weapon.

Martial arts styles from the book: The Way to Black Belt, by Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder.

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