Practicing Martial Arts


Martial Arts

Martial arts originated in East Asia more than 2,000 years ago and have since grown to about 200 individual types practiced by about 100 million people worldwide. The Web will help you learn about the different martial arts so you can choose which one suits you best; it will assist you in finding instruction in the martial art you choose; it will provide you with forums and community Web sites so you can share your zeal with others on martial arts techniques and movies; and it can be a place to buy the equipment and apparel you need.

The History and Philosophy of Martial Arts

Martial arts are practiced all over the world, and styles vary from region to region. As such, ... read more »

Practicing Martial Arts

Martial arts have become a popular activity for children and adults, and there are martial arts schools or instructors in neighborhoods all over the country. The sites below should aid you in choosing a martial art to practice and finding a class in your area.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Many of these directories have similar functions. There are some overlaps among them but there are also definitely some different classes for each, so we’ve included them all to provide you with more options.
  • Keep in mind that there are many martial arts classes—especially smaller classes and single instructors—not listed in any of these directories. Sometimes the best way to find instruction in your area is to consult a general directory like

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Martial Arts Organizations and Tournaments

Although there is a long list of specialized organizations for each type of martial art, there are ... read more »

Martial Arts Forums and Blogs

If you have a passion for martial arts, whether as a martial arts student, instructor, or fan, ... read more »

Buying Martial Arts Equipment, Apparel, and Memorabilia

The fact that there are so many different martial arts from an array of countries and cultures ... read more »

Martial Arts Movies

Martial arts movies are a genre unto themselves, popularizing such icons as Bruce Lee, Chuck ... read more »

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