Which Is the Best Martial Arts for Fitness? We’ll Settle the Score

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Determining the best martial arts for fitness is almost impossible. There are many different types of martial arts that have been practiced for thousands of years, and martial arts has made an impact all around the world. We’re going to go through the most effective martial arts that you can practice and try to settle this long-held debate. Let’s do it!

Martial Arts

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We offer a general adult martial arts class that includes a bit of every other martial art we offer – and all of our students LOVE IT. You’ll learn how to punch and kick properly, have a blast with like-minded people, and break quite a sweat too.

Our basic routine is to condition at the start of class, run through drills and teach new skills, and wrap up with a cool down.

You WILL get sweaty in this class- so if you’re just starting to explore martial arts and looking for the best martial arts for fitness, our Adult Martial Arts class may be your best option.

2. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Raleigh BJJ for fitness

Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) is a common form of martial arts practiced around the world. BJJ is key to fighting an opponent bigger and stronger than you- you’ll use physics, motion, and lots of groundwork training to defend yourself no matter the size of your attacker.

Many women’s self defense classes will take pages from BJJ. BJJ also takes the cake on ground work- that means a lot of working your core!

3. Muay Thai and Krav Maga

Muay Thai martial arts for fitness

Muay Thai and Krav Maga will both turn your entire body into a self-defense machine.

Muay Thai incorporates punching, kicking, elbowing and knee-ing and offer competitive opportunities if you’re looking to push yourself to compete in martial arts.

Krav Maga teaches effective and practical self defense in a bootcamp style, as this form of martial arts was originally developed in the Israeli army for the Israeli soldiers. Both Muay Thai and Krav Maga are intense forms of training, and you’re sure to get a fantastic workout in each class – the best martial arts for fitness is dependent on if you want to compete and use elbows and knees, or if you want to focus more on real life self defense applications.

The Verdict

Best Martial Arts for Fitness

Our verdict? All of our martial arts classes at Karate International of West Raleigh offer excellent physical fitness and skill-building opportunities.

They’re fast-paced, incorporate the entire body, and kicks and punches go pretty far in ramping up your metabolism. However, there are some key points you should consider when looking for the best martial arts for fitness.

Looking for lots of groundwork?

Go with Karate International of West Raleigh.

If you want to train competitively, Karate is your best option. And last but not least, you can get a little bit of everything and sweat your stress away with our general Adult Martial Arts class in Raleigh. Check out our incredible Martial Arts for Fitness classes right here at our school!

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