Ok so I want to do some form of marital art but I’m not sure which one I should do, I am a 15 year old girl btw. I want to do something that involves learning how to punch and kick and that can help me learn to realistically fight, and something that could help me build up my strength. Which of these do you think would be best, also what’s really the difference between all these things?

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  • karate is easy for girls………but some kicks are not easy…….
    but if we play hard than it easy in 2weeks…
    but judo is really hard for girls..because this activity is really easy for boys…….but I know
    if you girls play hard than it is easy to play in 2 weeks…………

  • Okay if you really want to learn how to defend yourself for tue streets and become physically strong I’ll say kickboxing or muay Thai, because they both are effective and you will be getting a physical workout.

  • Any of these martial arts are perfectly fine. You just need to search as to what is available in your area and what you can afford. The important thing is to enjoy what you practice.

    But on a side note, do not underestimate Taijiquan when it is taught by a COMPETENT instructor. Incompetent instructors have given Taijiquan a very bad reputation. In a school with a complete curriculum, aside from the numerous forms the techniques cover all ranges of combat, from stand up striking, stand up grappling and throwing, ground grappling (yes, this too), and controlling (joint locking and the like). The mechanics and energetic principles are very precise and help enable a weaker, slower person to defeat a larger, faster attacker.

  • tai chi is a no no if you want to learn how to fight. i dont meen to say bad things about any art but it wont help you fight. is more geared towards older people and it helps them with there joints as in having less pain. tae kwon do is a great workout but unless its a very traditional tae kwon do(which is hard to find) it will be olympic style which teaches you alot of very cool looking moves but not very effetive ones. judo is fun cause i love wrestling but i hear its not very effective and if there is a jiu jitsu gym around where yo live i would take that over judo. kickboxing/mma is great if you want to learn how to fight 1 man(or women) i love kickboxing/mma because its only purpose is to fight people so your not wastng times doing forms or learning alot of self defense moves.but kickboxing/mma is only geared towards fighting 1 person at a time so if you get jumped by 3 people you might be screwed. karate teaches you alot of forms and self defense moves but also teaches you how to fight multiple attackers. although there is many types of karate so you want to study up on each type and learn whats best for you. shotokan in my opinion is the best. its considered the most hardest version of karate out there.

    so in short
    karate: good self defense, good workout

    judo:good workout not so good self defense

    tae kwon do: good workout learn cool looking moves, not so effective

    mma/kickboxing:great workout and good training while fighting 1 man

    tai chi:not effective unless your old looking to relieve joint stress

    • No i think tai chi is a yes yes because it trains your mind to remember how to counteract in a brutal fight. You aint gonna get anywhere if someone pulls a big sword out and decides to chop you up with mma. Tai chi will teach you how to move quickly, jump and duck to defend yourself from weapons such as swords and sticks. In tai chi you can stretch to amazing points as i have studies tai chi for 4 years. I was actually in a situation once when i used tai chi. A man was roaming around in his van one day as i waited at the bus stop in the night to come home from my aunties house. He then stopped his car and got out. Moments later he was running to me shouting ” GIVE ME THE MONEY” with a steel bar in his hand so i remained calm and formed a tai chi defensive stance. he tried to barge into me so i moved back in a certain way and tripped him using my tai chi and the barged my knee into his nose leaving him on the floor whilst i ran home. People will have their own view point but for me its tai chi. Wish you good look with your choices.

    • No i think tai chi is a yes yes because it trains your mind to remember how to counteract in a brutal fight. You aint gonna get anywhere if someone pulls a big sword out and decides to chop you up with mma. Tai chi will teach you how to move quickly, jump and duck to defend yourself from weapons such as swords and sticks. In tai chi you can stretch to amazing points as i have studies tai chi for 4 years. I was actually in a situation once when i used tai chi. A man was roaming around in his van one day as i waited at the bus stop in the night to come home from my aunties house. He then stopped his car and got out. Moments later he was running to me shouting ” GIVE ME THE MONEY” with a steel bar in his hand so i remained calm and formed a tai chi defensive stance. he tried to barge into me so i moved back in a certain way and tripped him using my tai chi and then barged my knee into his nose leaving him on the floor whilst i ran home. People will have their own view point but for me its tai chi. Wish you good look with your choices.

  • Pugpaws2 pretty much said it all. Go with the MA with the better instructor. The hardest thing to do is find a good instructor.
    Tai Chi is one of the most if not the hardest MA iut there to learn. It take alot of patience and its rare to find an instructor that understands its concepts and know how to teach it properly. Most of the instructors ive come across havent grasped its concepts. Tai Chi is a very effective MA but it takes at least 10 years to become proficient studying under a good instructor practicing religiously everyday.

  • well first off mma is mixed martial arts so it really isnt a specific style of fighting is just a mix of two different kinds like judo and wrestling or jiu-jitsu and kickboxing if i were you i would do one style where you learn grappling and one where you learn striking if you are into mma

  • Of what you listed I would think kickboxing or karate would be the best for you.

    MMA – mixed martial arts, sport fighting.
    Karate – Okinawan self defense, strong punches and kicks.
    Taekwon do – Similar to karate, more kicks, less punches. (Unless you are in Korea it may be a good idea to avoid this.There are a lot of McDojo’s / bad schools that teach Taekwon do.)
    Tai chi – Although it actually has martial applications, Tai chi is mainly used for excersise.
    Kickboxing – The hand techniques of boxing, mixed with the kicks of karate.
    Judo – Japanese wrestling, take downs and grappling.

  • mma is mixed martial arts meaning you could kick someone’s ass but you dont really specialize in any one area. Karate and Tae Kwon Do are pretty similar, the only difference being that karate is more geared towards striking rather than taking someone down. I’m not sure about Tai Chi, Kickboxing is just like boxing but you also kick haha but you will learn to move your legs more flexible. Judo focuses on taking people down with complicated, intricate, yet effective throws. If you just want to be able to handle yourself in a fight, i would go with MMA or karate but if you want to specialize in a certain fighting style then go with judo or kickboxing. Hope i helped =)

  • It all depends on what your goals are. If you only wanna learn some basic self defense then any of those would do just fine maybe except for Tai Chi because Tai Chi as far as i’m concerned is based on martial arts moves but really looks more like some sort of yoga. If your goal is to eventually enter in MMA competitions then I would suggest you to start by getting a good base in brazilian jiu-jitsu and then follow up with Muay Thai. As for your physical strength you can always hit the gym or do physical activities that are demanding like running and then gradually you can make it harder by running with weights or running in water. Hope this helps.

  • Before you get excited, you should find out what is near you that you can choose from. Then find out the prices. If you find schools that are in your area and within your price range then investigate them further. Any place that sells black belts contracts is not a place you should study. Also any place that tells you that you can be a certain belt in X amount of time should be avoided.

    Styles are not as important as finding a good instructor. most instructors, I find are poorly trained. After 42 years of training the number of good instructors is very small.

    Hope this helps!

    Best of Luck!

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