3 Martial Arts to Try From Different Cultures

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Martial arts are a category of physical activity tradition used for a number of purposes in many different cultures. They may be defensive, offensive, combative, or even introspective. If you’re looking for a new hobby or way to get in shape, trying martial arts is a great option. Here are three martial arts from various cultures to give a go.

Shorinji Kempo

This Japanese martial art was created just after World War II as a way to combine spiritual growth and personal health with self-defense. It’s actually a modified version of Shaolin Kung Fu and includes traditional moves like punching and kicking as well as relying strongly on paired practice and sparring.

Qwan Ki Do

Originating in Vietnam in the 1960s, Qwan Ki Do translates to “the way of the body” and is taught all over the world. It uses traditional sweeps, kicks, and punches as well as artistic-looking routines and sparring. There are also mental health activities associated with it such as meditation. It is focused especially on morality, honesty, gratitude, and other virtues.


Also known as Filipino boxing, this martial art is designed for street fighters rather than for artistic combat. It is a little more intense with moves like headbutts, elbowing, and low blows as well as targeting many areas of the body that are usually off-limits in more regulated martial arts.