There are a lot of great martial arts schools here in Austin. Everything from Muay Thai Kickboxing and MMA to more traditional styles like Wing Chun Kung Fu and Capoeira.
Of course, as a gym owner who teaches Bruce Lee’s style of Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, I have to admit that I am quite partial to our training. However, I do not believe that our gym is right for everyone.
My personal mission in teaching is to help others find a lifelong passion for martial arts training, whatever style it
3 Types Of Martial Arts
Not all martial arts serve the same purpose. So before you go looking for a martial arts school to join, start by deciding what it is you’re looking for in a gym.
I tend to classify martial arts into 3 main categories:
Practical arts are those which are designed primarily for street
Performance arts are those which seem to be primarily concerned with the aesthetic look of their training. These arts tend to use more complex techniques and are usually great for fitness, requiring core strength, flexibility, agility, balance, etc. to master.
Competitive arts are those designed around rules and competition. In theory, as
That said, you still won’t deal with common street situations like weapons or multiple attackers in competitive training arts.
Which art is the best?
There really is no correct answer. Everybody is drawn to the martial arts for different purposes.
The question really is, Which art is the best for YOU?
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this 4 part series, where I give you some specific recommendations of places here in Austin, Tx that teach practical fighting systems.