Best Martial Arts for Adults

5 Best Martial Arts for Adults (With No Prior Experience)

What are the best martial arts for adults?

The best martial arts for adults are something that only focuses on one aspect of fighting. That is so it is easier to get into the world of martial arts without getting too confused. Physical condition and age also play a role when it comes to choosing the right martial art.

In this post, we go through the 5 best martial arts for adults. And even though an adult is a wide range and covers a lot of people, I am going to give you an explanation of why I picked these.

Let’s get started with the first martial art!

1. The best martial art for adults: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

I would say Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is the best martial art for adults, no matter their background.

It is both very beginner friendly, but also an effective martial art.

We have all seen some movies where the smaller guy beats the larger guy, BJJ is one of the few martial arts that can make that possible in real life. That is because BJJ uses levers and structures.

There are no punches or kicks in BJJ, so the chances of you getting a black eye for work the next morning are smaller, compared to MMA or Kickboxing.

BJJ is also a fairly new martial art, I believe it was invented in the 1920s and ever since, it has become a huge success.

Due to the popularity of BJJ, there are a lot of gyms out there. That means you have more options when you are choosing a gym that fits you the best.

If you got interested in BJJ, here are a few other posts that can help you to get started:

2. Karate

Karate is a great option for those, who want the martial art to be more traditional. It is one of the most known martial arts from all the movies, and most people know at least something about Karate.

Where BJJ is a really “modern” martial art, Karate still has some ancient ways to it, such as bowing at the beginning and the end of each lesson. (That might differ between different gyms).

Therefore, if you want a more authentic martial arts experience, Karate might be your thing. Karate is also a very common form of martial arts, so it should not be difficult to find a Dojo to practice at.

There are also a few sub-categories to Karate that do have some differences, but we are not going to dive into those in this post.

Here are a few Karate posts that can help you to get started:


3. Boxing

The next name on the list is boxing. I am pretty sure you have heard about boxing before, but let me make sure: There are no kicks, takedowns, or wrestling in boxing. All you do is throw punches and avoid getting punched.

Of course, it is not that simple, but the good thing about boxing is that it is pretty simple to get started with. Since there are no kicks, takedowns, or grappling to it, boxing will allow you to only focus on one aspect of fighting.

Boxing has been around for thousands of years and is also one of the oldest forms of fighting out there. Maybe not by the modern rules, but still.

Boxing is good for those, who want to release some anger by punching at things. It can also be more hectic compared to Brazilian jiu-jitsu or Karate.

If you want to learn more about boxing, here are a few posts that can help you to get started:

4. Escrima

The next martial art on the list is Escrima. That is a perfect option if you want a martial art that has weapons to it.

Escrima was invented in the Philippines, and it uses a wide variety of different kinds of weapons but most commonly fighting sticks (Yantok).

Therefore, if you want to learn a martial art that is highly focused on ancient weapons, Escrima might be a good option for you.

I find Escrima really fascinating, and it is definitely on my bucket list once I find time to start it.

5. Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a good option for older adults or people that are not in their best physical condition.

It is a way to get into martial arts, without a huge risk of getting injured. Tai Chi is a really slow form of martial art, and there is very little if any physical contact.

Tai Chi also puts minimal pressure on muscles and joints, making it a perfect option for older adults.

You might have seen videos where elders in China practice Tai Chi together. It can be really refreshing experience.

I have done one Tai Chi lesson when I was in Shanghai, China. It was something I had never done before, but it was a little bit too slow for me. I was 18 at the time and full of energy, so I would prefer a bit more action.

I highly recommend anyone who is interested in martial arts but is not in a great physical condition to seek more information about Tai Chi. It can be a really good hobby to have.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, the best martial art for you as an adult is the one that you enjoy the best.

Depending on your physical condition, there might be some restrictions that make some martial arts better than others, but the most important factor is to start something you really enjoy.

I tried to put a martial art from every category in this post, whether you want more grappling, traditional or if you enjoy weapons, there should be a martial art for you in this list.

Even if not, maybe this helps you to continue your research and maybe find one that you will fall in love with.

I really hope this was helpful, have a wonderful day!

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