There are different types of martial arts. Many started in Asia. Some were used for battle. Today, martial arts are popular with children. They help kids stay fit and focused.
Karate means “empty hand.”
Hands and feet are used to strike or block. People wear colored belts. The colors mean different ranks.
Judo uses takedowns.
Opponents try to pin each other to the ground. They use their full body. Like other martial arts, judo is competitive . But it is also fun!
Swords are used in kendo.
They are made of wood. Points are scored by striking opponents . Competitors wear padding.
Muay Thai is like kickboxing.
It is the national sport of Thailand. Athletes use hands, feet, and elbows to strike. They can also grapple, or wrestle.
Did You Know?
Some martial arts have been in the Olympics. Judo is one. Karate is another. Tae kwon do is also an Olympic sport. It is like karate, but it uses more kicking.