Traditional Martial Arts

There are a large number of distinct styles and schools of martial arts. Sometimes, schools or styles are introduced by individual teachers or masters, or as a brand name by a specific gym. Martial arts can be grouped by type or focus, or alternatively by regional origin. This article focuses on the latter grouping.

For hybrid martial arts, as they originated from the late 19th century and especially after 1950, it may be impossible to identify unique or predominant regional origins. It is not trivial to distinguish "traditional" from "modern" martial arts. Chronology isn't the decisive criterion, as, for example, "traditional taekwondo" was developed in the 1950s, while the "modern" hybrid martial art of Bartitsu was developed in ca. 1900.

A large portion of traditional martial arts can be categorized as folk wrestling (see the separate article), although in some cases a folk wrestling style and a modern combat sport may overlap or become indistinguishable from each other once the sport has been regulated.

Africa

Styles of stickfighting
Folk wrestling
Bare knuckle boxing

The Americas

Barbados
Bolivia
Brazil
Canada;
Colombia
Cuba
Peru
Trinidad and Tobago
United States
Venezuela

Asia

Further information: Asian martial arts (origins)
Bangladesh
Main article: Bangladeshi martial arts
Cambodia
China
Main article: Chinese martial arts
See List of Chinese martial arts.
India
Main article: Indian martial arts
Indonesia
Main article: Silat
Japan
Main article: Japanese martial arts
See List of Japanese martial arts
Korea
Main article: Korean martial arts
Laos
Malaysia
Myanmar
Main article: Burmese martial arts
Okinawan martial arts
Philippines
Main article: Filipino martial arts
Sri Lanka
  • Angampora (අංගම්පොර)
  • Cheena di (චීනාඩි)
Thailand
Vietnam (Vo Thuat)

Europe

Main article: European martial arts

European folk styles

England
France
Ireland
Portugal
Scotland
Spain

Modern sports

France
Germany
Italy
Main article: Italian martial arts
  • Nova Scrimia
Russia
Serbia
Spain
Ukraine
United Kingdom

Near East & Central Asia

Traditional

Modern

Iran
Israel

Oceania

Traditional

Modern

  • Zen Do Kai (Australia)
  • Coreeda (Australian Wrestling)

See also

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