Easiest martial arts

The 5 Easiest Martial Arts to Learn (2023)

What are the easiest martial arts to get started with?

In this post, we are going through the 5 easiest martial arts you can start learning today. Keep in mind that how easy a martial art depends a lot on the instructor and the gym as well, not just the martial art.

Another thing to keep in mind is that no matter the martial art, you can start somewhere. What matters is the beginner friendliness of your gym and the location of the gym, so you will keep practicing.

Here is a post on how to start learning any martial art, step-by-step. That can also help you to get started.

Anyway, I promised you 5 easy martial arts, so let’s get started with the first one with some explanations.


Karate is one of the classics. I bet there are not a lot of people in the world, who have not heard about Karate. Even if they are completely unfamiliar with martial arts, it’s hard to not know the word Karate.

What makes Karate a great option for beginners, is that it is pretty straightforward. It includes different aspects of fighting, with some traditional rituals from the old days.

The belt promotion system is also really clear, there are certain things you will have to know or master, in order to advance to the next belt.

Karate on its own can be a really fun experience and really work as a way to introduce martial arts to newcomers.

I do have some posts about Karate as well, for example:


Now, before you say boxing is one of the most difficult martial arts to master, let me explain. While that might be true, boxing can also be pretty easy to get started with.

The reason for that is that boxing only focuses on, well, boxing. You don’t have to divide your attention to learning takedown, triangle chokes, roundhouse kicks, and any other of that fancy stuff.

You can start by focusing on the basics, which in boxing means hitting and avoiding getting hit.

In short, boxing can be fairly easy to get started with, but it’s extremely difficult to master.

time and progress when learning martial arts
Progress curve for martial arts

This image pretty much sums it up. You will learn a lot of new things at the beginning, but as you start to perfect those skills, it will start to feel like you are slowing down.

I also have a dedicated post on just How Difficult It Is To Learn Boxing. Check it out if interested.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is definitely one of my personal favorites. And even though this might be a biased opinion, hear me out here.

What makes BJJ so great for beginners is that it also focuses only on one aspect of fighting. You don’t have to focus on dodging punches and training double kicks. You will only focus on grappling and a little bit on takedowns.

On the flip side, BJJ also is fairly easy to learn the basics, but really difficult to master. It takes a really long time to get a black belt in BJJ, here is a post about BJJ belt times.

Another great thing that BJJ brings to the table, is that you won’t get punched or kicked. Therefore, it’s more unlikely that you have to go to work with a black eye, after good practice.

Even though it is unlikely, it is still possible. BJJ is one of the safest martial arts out there, but it’s still a martial art and martial arts can be risky.

The last great thing about BJJ is that it’s so popular. There are so many BJJ gyms out there, you can pretty much choose which you like the best.

Here is a post about how to choose the right BJJ gym, if you decide to start with BJJ.


I had to include some martial art that has kicks to them, for all the crazy kicking fans out there.

Kickboxing can be a great option if you want your martial art to include punches and kicks.

It can also be really beginner friendly, since it is still lacking the grappling and takedown aspect, giving you more time to focus on perfecting your kicks and adding more strength to your punches.


Wrestling is also a fairly common, yet really effective martial art.

It falls into the same category as BJJ, having no kicks or punches, but it’s still quite different.

For example, in BJJ you are wearing gi’s, (if you are not training no-gi BJJ). If so, you can grab the collars and sleeves and use those to make a different kinds of chokes.

I am not really familiar with wrestling overall, but if that is something you have available near your home and you are interested in that, give it a shot.

What makes wrestling so beginner-friendly is also the fact that you don’t have to divide your attention into kicks, punches, and avoid getting punched. You can focus on the main thing.

Final thoughts

In the end, it doesn’t really matter what martial art you choose. All of them have beginner programs, you don’t have to be a Bruce Lee to get started.

I would suggest picking a martial art that you are interested in. If you like traditional Asian martial arts, go with Karate or Wing Chun.

Do you like to punch things? Boxing might be the way to go.

No punching? Try wrestling or BJJ.

Or if you just want it all, MMA can be a great option as well.

Starting to learn martial arts can be difficult. It’s even harder to master a martial art. I do have a post about how difficult it is to learn martial arts. Check it out if interested.

I hope this was helpful, have a wonderful day, and good luck with your martial arts journey.

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