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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
    Honolulu, HI 96825
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    Int'l Hapkido Federation
    3201 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
    Grand Master Bong Soo Han's Studio, in existence for more than 37 years, is one of the most established Martial Arts schools in the West Los Angeles area.
    (310) 829-2643
    La Blade
    710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90025
    We focus on armed and unarmed responses to violence. If you do not have a working knowledge of the true nature of street predators, you will.
    (310) 902-6811
    Jun Chong Martial Arts
    11870 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90025
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai boxing, and mixed martial arts instruction are provided at this academy. We train world class fighters and offer classes for kids too.
    (310) 979-9222
    Ahn's Tae Kwon DO Center
    12234 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
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    (310) 826-7505
     
    User Review: "Master ahn & staff do a great job of instilling confidence and discipline with all students. Instructors are able to work..." - Annmarie (CA)
    Westside Martial Arts Club
    2238 Purdue Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064
    The premier martial arts academy in the West. If you are interested in effective Martial Arts like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, MMA or Weight loss & Fitness all in a great learning environment this is your Gym.
    (310) 963-4833
    Krav Maga Worldwide
    11500 Olympic Blvd. #545, Los Angeles, CA 90064
    Welcome to Krav Maga, the self-defense training program that will strengthen your body, sharpen your mind, and transform your life. We are dedicated to providing the highest caliber of self-defense.
    (310) 477-9977
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Los Angeles PTCBJJ
    6273 Bristol Pkwy, Culver City, CA 90230
    Professional Training Center Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (PTCBJJ) is a martial arts school specialized in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu(BJJ).The school was created in Los Angeles, California, USA.
    (310) 568-1457
    Beverly Hills Martial Arts
    8182 W Sunset Blvd Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90046
    World Champion & top instructors teach martial arts excitement, fun & traditional discipline to children & adults. Featured in LATimes & los angeles magazine.
    (323) 654-8882
    Cobrinha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Sherman Oaks
    13950 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
    We teach Cobrinha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. We are the only west coast affiliate for eight time world champion Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles. Give us a call today to find out more.
    (818) 905-8246
    Crescent Moon Karate
    5443 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019
    Crescent Moon Karate is a Martial Arts Training School established by 4th degree black belt, Robert Torres. Classes are held at "Creative Seeds Studio" in Santa Monica. We specialize in Martial Arts Training including weapons and self defense.
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    (310) 621-0165
     
    User Review: "This school is for serious students. It's not fancy with all the bells and whistles; however time spent here will grow you..." - Josh (CA)
    La Institute of Martial Arts
    1207 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (310) 229-5300
    Japan Karate Association
    1218 5th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (310) 395-8545
    Longevity Martial Arts Centers LLC
    910 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (310) 576-6800
    Gracie Barra Santa Monica
    1207 4th St Ste 100, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (310) 795-2413
    Capoeira Besouro
    2901 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
    (310) 314-2617


    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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