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Martial arts encompasses a wide range of different fighting styles and schools. Sometimes these differences are regional, such as Karate and Kung Fu which originated in different geographical areas. Others are determined due to their fighting style, such as boxing which only uses the arms. Many forms of martial arts training classes are offered. Below are some popular terms used for martial arts classes to help gain an overall perspective of the sport.

  • Self Defense Class – In a sense, all martial arts teaches self defense since they instruct the practitioner on methods of defense and attack. However, there are certain classes that focus more on self defense such as Krav Maga, which is used by army soldiers. Muay Thai is also good for self defense, because while it also focuses on attacking, the sport provides instruction on how to defend against attacks by others.
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – This type of martial art gained popularity because of its success in the mixed martial art, or MMA, sport. Jiu Jitsu is based on the older martial art of judo. It specializes in techniques involving ground fighting, grappling and even boxing techniques. Like other martial arts, it has a belt ranking systems, with the highest rank being the black belt.
  • Taekwondo – Taekwondo means the way of the hand and foot, and this sport concentrates mainly on kicking strikes, and is similar to karate.
  • Kung Fu – This ancient type of fighting includes various teaching techniques of self defense, but most importantly it teaches about weapons training.
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    Action International Martial Arts Association
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    Academy of Modern Martial Arts
    397 N State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
    Professional Martial Arts instruction for Men, Women and Children. Providing Classes and Private Instruction.
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    (503) 697-7482
     
    User Review: "I have studied at the academy of modern martial arts (amma), for almost 7 years. And I consider what I have learned at amma..." - Kasey (OR)
    Ecole De Budo Raji
    7506 N. Chicago Avenue, Portland, OR 97203
    Ecole de Budo in the Portland neighborhood of St. Johns offers beginner and advanced classes to all ages in Aikido, Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo, Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido and Ashtanga Yoga
    (503) 286-3625
    Tnt Martial Arts
    Po Box 443, Hillsboro, OR 97124
    TNT Martial Arts. Classes focus on application of realistic self defense skills in a progressive, family friendly environment.
    (503) 887-9351
    AIM High Martial Arts
    5373 W Baseline Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97123
    Our gym offers a unique combination of martial arts including Thai kickboxing, ju-jitsu, tae kwon do and more. We have kid programs from 2 years old and up! Come check out this family martial art studio!
    (503) 640-8628
    Northwest Martial Arts of Sale
    420 Mill St. Se, Salem, OR 97301
    Martial Arts classes for children and adults. Wu Ying Tao - "The Formless Way" A martial arts style that combines dynamic technique with unbeatable strategy.
    (503) 689-3162
    Karate On Main Iogkf Oregon
    12566 Sw Main St, Portland, OR 97223
    We teach traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do. We adhere to time-proven methods of instruction handed down from the masters of the past and present. Our Chief Instructor, Robert E. Ellis, 6th Degree Black Belt, has decades of experience.
    (503) 968-1600
    Family Martial Arts Academy
    11513 Sw Pacific Hwy, Portland, OR 97223
    Family oriented karate academy provides fun, challenging, yet non-competitive atmosphere. We teach shorin-ryu, with tai chi and mixed martial art classes held late at night.
    (503) 977-3300
    Tulen Center For Martial Arts
    1017 Se Division St, Bend, OR 97702
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    (541) 389-1419
     
    User Review: "I love this place. Great family feeling and best instructor in central oregon. Very fun place to get a great workout and..." - emily (OR)
    Karate for Kids
    1594 Edgewater St Nw Ste 140, Salem, OR 97304
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    (503) 365-0600
     
    User Review: "At first appearance this program seems excellent for children. However, the commitment is intense as it is a three year..." - Renee (OR)
    Kim's World Taekwondo
    13547 Nw Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97229
    We are a martial arts institute. We offer different classes, including karate, self-defense, taekwondo, and MMA. We invite you to call or visit our studio today. We look forward to seeing you.
    (503) 643-3999
    Dragon Brand Martial Arts
    2075 Ne Division St, Greahmam, OR 97030
    We help every student develop his or her martial arts expertise, physical fitness, and self-defense skills. Complete martial arts training in a practical, tactical, and logical self-defense system.
    (503) 465-5577
    Bandon Martial Artistry
    P.o.box 944, Bandon, OR 97411
    We can provide self-defense lessons. Our trainers can gladly instruct you in ways to keep yourself safe. Self-defense is also a great way to improve your fitness.
    (541) 252-6168
    Kim's Taekwondo Mcminnville
    606 Ne Hwy 99w, Mcminnville, OR 97128
    We provide traditional taekwondo instruction for students aged six and above. Individualized instruction is available. We offer low monthly tuition.
    (503) 472-1520
    Moss Cta Black Belt Academy
    2184 N. King Street, Kalihi, HI 98619
    We specialize in all martial arts, boxing, karate and self defense training. Our students gain self discipline and respect. Programs are available for all ages.
    (808) 347-4595
    Mata-Leao Combat Sports
    1115 Se Stephens St., Portland, OR 97214
    We are an expert mixed martial arts training facility offering training in mixed martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing and fitness training. Come get in shape with us.
    (503) 447-5005


    Martial arts instruction has gained popularity over the years. There are literally over one hundred different styles of martial arts practices all over the world. Some of these are Japanese karate, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Korean taekwondo, and American boxing. Many men and women train in a specific style of self defense for years in order to reach an advanced level. It is always prudent to find a class or school that has a teacher who can instruct the kung fu or judo style correctly.

    There are so many different styles of martial arts, which can make it difficult for some people to choose the right art or self defense style to suit their needs. One thing you should realize is that a martial arts lesson is not meant to simply teach you how to kick or fight. Most people typically enter a karate or kung fu school for self defense and fitness reasons. As you progress in a martial art, your belt or sash color will change. Eventually you can learn how to use a weapon, such as a bo staff, tonfa, or sais. Depending on the local or international martial arts academy you train at, various uniforms can be involved. Typically the dojo or kwoon will supply the proper apparel.

    There is plenty of information provided online about martial arts like boxing, karate, jiu jitsu, and Chinese kung fu. It is helpful to search the web specifically for the style you are interested in. You may also want to visit a self defense class or school in your area. There are many professionals that instruct self defense across the United States.

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