Mixed martial arts has gained the attention of many Malaysians. In just a few years of being introduced to martial arts, the fan base in Malaysia has grown tremendously. Even gyms are popping up all over the country offering classes with a variety of martial arts styles.
These martial arts not only fun to learn, but they’re also highly effective if you want to keep fit as they are essentially a full-body workout, not to mention self-defense too! This is the reason why more and more Malaysians are ditching conventional workout sessions for martial arts classes.
We’ve come up with 8 most popular martial arts in Malaysia which will help you keep fit and train you to defend yourself!
#1 Tae Kwon-Do
Did you know that the name Taekwondo derived from Korean words of “Tae” which mean foot, “Kwon” meaning fist, and “Do” meaning way of? So Taekwondo literally means “The way of the foot and the fist”.
Taekwondo emphasizes head-height kicks, jumping, spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. Basically, you could say that Taekwondo is mostly about leg attacks, but don’t look down at the power in the kick of a Taekwondo martial artist, I’ve seen doors break with a back thrust by a 3rd dan black belt Taekwondo martial artist.
Almost every school and gym offers Taekwondo lessons, so take it up now for fitness and self-defense!
#2 Muay Thai
If you have not heard or seen a Muay Thai martial artist fight before, then you got to watch Ong Bak1, 2, and 3. Look at how Tony Jaa fight off the bad guys with pure Muay Thai.
Muay Thai or Thai boxing is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline while includes combat on shins is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins.
Do you know how pain it is when either one of this blows land on you? I bet it hurts like hell cause these are where the bones are super strong.
This martial art is for everyone, women, and men, no one would expect a woman to learn Muay Thai, so quickly take up this class and kick some butt!! There are many fitness centers that offer Muay Thai Classes, for example, MuayFit in 3 two square, Global Elite Gym, Merican Muay Thai Gym, and so much more!
Karate originates from Japan and it was developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts under the influence of Chinese martial arts, particularly Fujian White Crane.
Karate uses punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear hands, and palm-heel strikes, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital point strikes.
Don’t mistake Karate with Taekwondo as their styles are different and their uniforms too. Both styles are great in self-defense as well.
#4 Silat Melayu
Hey! Don’t look down in our traditional martial art! Silat originally developed in what are now Indonesia, Peninsular Malaysia, South Thailand, and Singapore, it is also traditionally practiced in Brunei.Silat is a collective word
Silat is a collective word for a class of indigenous martial arts from a geo-cultural area of Southeast Asia encompassing most of the Nusantara, the Indonesian Archipelago, the Malay Archipelago and the entirety of the Malay Peninsula.
There are hundreds of different styles and schools but Silat focuses either on strikes, joint manipulation, throws, weaponry, or some combination thereof.
Did you know that Silat is one of the sports included in the Southeast Asian Games and other region-wide competitions?
Silat is slowly dying in our culture, and I think it is important to revive our traditional martial art!
#5 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sports system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. BJJ was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals.
BJJ came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie (who passed their knowledge on to their extended family) as well as other instructors who were students of Maeda, such as Luiz Franca.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defend the opponent.
This martial art could just be the perfect one for me! Being small sized, I do have a lot of strength, I could possibly pull this off, where do I sign up?
MuayFit, Monarchy MMA Combat Fitness Gym, K-One Martial Arts Academy, Kombative Fitness, Ultimate MMA Academy, Paragon Fitness Factory and much more offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes!
Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching historically developed from Karate and Muay Thai. Kickboxing is practiced for self-defense, general fitness or as a contact sport.
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. It was developed in Brazil mainly by Angolans and its known for its quick and complex maneuvers, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins, and techniques.
This martial art is very beautiful to look at and would be nice to be able to tone up arm muscles and strengthening the arm strength as well.
Wushu is not only a martial art but also a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. The forms in the martial art comprise basic movements of stances, kicks, punches, balances, jumps, sweeps, and throws.
Wushu practitioners have very strong arms and legs wielding weapons in their hands, they are very flexible to be able to spread their legs so wide!
You see, martial arts are for everyone, it does not discriminate gender, race or religion. Go ahead and start taking lessons not only for fitness but for your safety as well!