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Martial arts are basically various types of fighting skills, without or with the use of weapons. Most types of martial arts have their origins in East Asia, although they are now very popular all over the world. It is estimated that about a hundred million people practice some form of martial arts as a method of physical fitness, self-defense, for competition, and to find mental peace and spirituality. There are around 200 types of martial arts, with each of them comprising of specific schools, known as systems or styles, which number in their thousands.
Even though there are such a wide variety of types of martial arts along with their styles, most of them have similar techniques; hence, they can be categorized into broad classes in order to define them. The basic method of categorizing martial arts is by the basic technique that is used, either grappling or striking.
The grappling types of martial arts basically use wrestling, locking, and throwing techniques. These martial arts basically are about neutralizing the aggressive actions of the opponent by gaining control over him/her, without using any striking actions. Some of the most popular types of grappling martial arts are aikido, jujitsu, and judo.
The types of martial arts that involve striking are based on using blows with the feet, hands, elbows, knees, and even the head. Examples of this type of martial arts are karate, taekwondo, kung fu, and aikido.