Which Martial Art is Best for Beginners?
Curious about martial arts but not sure where to start? When starting out, there are a lot of different martial arts to pick from. So how do you know which one is best for you?
There is not necessarily one martial art form that is better for beginners than the other. Instead, think about why you want to learn a martial art and what you aim to get out of it. If you are interested in self-defence then Krav Maga or Jiu-Jitsu may be the best option. Whereas, if you are more interested in fitness or toning-up, you may pick boxing.
We have put together a summary of some of the main martial arts to give you an idea of what they involve for beginners. But keep in mind, the best way to figure out which martial art is best for you, is to attend a class and give it a go!
Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. The techniques you learn focus on taking your opponent down to the ground. It is a great option for beginners because it allows for smaller, or weaker people to defend themselves against larger opponents. This means that anyone including men, women and children can try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is also a great option because you can apply what you learn to real-life situations, as a highly effective form of self-defence.
The techniques in a beginner’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class do not take long to learn and you do not have to have them completely mastered to use them.
Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Beginners
- Effective martial art for self-defence
- Anyone can learn and use these techniques, no matter size or experience
- Using the strategies and techniques you can beat bigger or stronger opponents
- Can quickly learn the techniques and master them over time
Muay Thai is another martial that you may be interested in. However, keep in mind that this martial art can be more intense as you use all 8 limbs (hands, elbows, knees and feet) to attack your opponent. Muay Thai is also less focused on self-defence compared to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. So, if you are more interested in learning powerful fighting techniques, this may be the option for you.
When you start learning Muay Thai it is important that you focus on the basic techniques and movements, before you become more fluid with throwing strikes. Therefore, patience is key when starting off your Muay Thai journey.
What Muay Thai Involves
- Learn multiple martial arts fighting techniques including knees, kicks and elbow strikes
- Stand and move with fighting footwork
- Learn how to apply techniques and develop strength using pads and punching bags
- Beginners Krav Maga classes involve working without a partner on punching bags
If you are looking for the ultimate form of self-defence, then a Krav Maga is for you. As the official self-defence system of Israeli Defence Forces, Krav Maga classes focus on practical techniques that can be used in real-life situations.
It combines techniques from Boxing, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu and Aikido. However, unlike other martial arts which have stricter movement and technique patterns, Krav Maga works off instinct. It incorporates training in grappling, striking, weapons defences and joint manipulations.
Benefits of Krav Maga for Beginners
- Involves simple techniques that focus on instincts
- Developed to be used in real-life situation
- Highly practical form of self-defence
- Combines techniques from several disciplines
- Suitable for any size, strength or fitness level
If you are interested in a calorie-burning, fun and intense workout, then a beginners boxing fitness class maybe your best option. Boxing is a great alternative to going to the gym and the techniques you learn can help you if you are also interested in MMA.
Benefits of Boxing for Beginners
- A great way to get fit and increase your strength
- Boxing is a great stress relief
- Improve your muscle tone and core strength
- Improved co-ordination and awareness
- Suitable for all levels and abilities
This is just a snapshot of the different martial arts classes that beginners can take and what they involve. Remember at M1FC the first class is free, so if you want to try a new martial art, get in contact or come into one of our gyms in Osborne Park and Joondalup!