How do you categorize Martial Arts?

by | Jul 28, 2019 | Sport

“To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.” – Bruce Lee

Martial Arts, often defined as a combination of different forms of combat and self-defense practiced for a number of reasons; military and law enforcement applications, physical, mental and spiritual development; as well as entertainment and the preservation of a nation’s intangible cultural heritage.

We used a chart to define the various form of martial arts. (Below)

In this chart (Tree Martial Arts),  Martial Arts are classified into 3 main categories; STRIKINGGRAPPLING & WEAPONRY. They all come in different styles, history, and culture. Let’s take a look at how to categorize them:


Two girls in kimono are training paired exercises karate.

In this category, we will find all Martial Arts will use your body as a point of impact on your opponent, which is commonly known. Also, it’s utilizing the extremity of the human body is used as a weapon to inflict physical damages on an adversary.

Some interesting points to note, as we can find different ranges of fighting depending on the Art which is chosen, such as (Close range, Medium range or from distance).

Some of the most famous Martial Arts found in the STRIKING category will be:





Muay Thai

Kung Fu


In this GRAPPLING category, we will find techniques that will be performed in close range movements. Also, there are a couple of popular trending martial arts, that we see on TV, or even mix-martial arts events/ competitions.

Here, the most commonly known idea is to take your opponent right to the ground or to gain an advantage by locking a zone of the body to obtain partial or full control.

The most common practices in this category are;


BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)



3) Weaponry

Finally, the WEAPONRY category involving the different weapons used to battle with your opponent.

Often, we tend to forget this category as many of us may think Martial Arts are only focused on the use of the body. However, the use of the weapon is one of the most ancient forms of fighting and it is seen throughout our entire history. Hence, the most commonly practiced are;




Set in the roots of Martial Arts, there are plenty of arts still to be discovered and though some of these are unknown, it’s always good to try new sports to learn new skills.

Why did Sport4kids start off with karate?
Clearly, it is one of the most popular arts of all time and it’s in line with our company philosophy of providing children with more than just sports coaching!!

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Will Murray
Will Murray

Will is one of the founders of Sport4Kids (now ProActiv Sports) in Hong Kong and was the driving force behind bringing it to Singapore in 2014. Will obtained a degree in Sports Science and Health, from Dublin City University and has vast experience coaching children and adults of all level and abilities. Will is experienced at coaching in a wide variety of sports with a particular interest in Soccer, Basketball and Gaelic Football. He is also a very keen sportsman having represented Ireland in underage basketball and Gaelic Football.

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