As more people are turning towards self-defense training as a means to keep themselves safe in the city, martial arts are becoming more popular in Toronto. Martial arts include systems with codes and combat traditions for self-defense, military for uplifting oneself – physically, mentally, and spiritually. It has many health benefits as well that keep our body fit and self-controlled. There are different styles and types of martial arts that are practiced today. Some are traditional ones while some are modern. Each martial art type has a unique approach. The types of martial arts are distinguished based on striking, grappling and, throwing. Taekwondo, karate, jiu-jitsu, kung-fu, boxing, capoeira, kickboxing, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Tang Soo Do, catch wrestling, Sumo, wrestling, Russian Sambo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Luta Livre, Aikido, Judo, Hapkido, Shuai Jiao, Kali, Iaido , Kendo, Baguazhang, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, MMA, Jeet Kune Do, shootfighting, Ninjutsu etc.
A brief guide to the types of martial arts is provided below:-
- Karate one of the striking styles is quite famous worldwide is important both for men and women to protect themselves against opponents. The use of weapons is also taught along with using punches, knees, elbows, open hand strikes, etc.
- Krav Maga is another martial art type which is used by Israeli Defense forces and is taught to the Israeli police as well. Imi Lichtenfeld was the creator of the Krav Maga. Attacking simultaneously and defending oneself, striking till the opponent becomes unable to attack back and simple repeatable strikes are some of the features of Krav Maga.
- Jujutsu dates back to the Muromachi period which is the oldest martial art type or style that is focused on lightly armed or unarmed persons to defeat a heavily armed attacker. This is ground fighting styles of martial arts that teaches to take an opponent to the ground. Araki Ryu, Daito-Ryu Aiki-jujutsu, Hontai Yoshin Ryu are some of the sub-styles of Jujutsu.
- The takedown is the main focus in throwing or takedown types of martial arts. Aikido, Judo Hapkido and Shuai Jiao are examples of takedowns. Judo is an Olympic sport known to everyone. Judoka is the one who practices judo. Attackers carrying weapons are defeated by judo practitioners who employ hold on the attackers. Judo-do and Kosen Judo are sub-styles of Judo.
Filipinos used the kali style of martial arts to defend themselves against invaders. It is believed to be the most efficient way to defend. It at times results in killing the opponent as weapons are used.