Asian Fighting Arts

Chinese Kung Fu / Wushu

Chinese martial arts, often named under the umbrella terms kung fu (kʊŋ ˈfuː/Chinese功夫pinyingōng fuCantonese Yalegūng ) and wushu (武术; wǔshù), are the several hundred fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as “families” (家; jiā), “sects” (派; pài) or “schools” (门; mén) of martial arts. Examples of such traits include Shaolinquan (少林拳) physical exercises involving Five Animals (五形) mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions and legends. Styles that focus on qi manipulation are called internal (内家拳; nèijiāquán), while others that concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness are called “external” (外家拳; wàijiāquán). Geographical association, as in northern (北拳; běiquán) and “southern” (南拳; nánquán), is another popular classification method.


thuật Bình Định/Bình Định Gia – umbrella title for all the traditional styles of Bình Định.

Nhất Nam (martial art)|Nhat-Nam

Vovinam – Founded by Nguyễn Lộc. Also called Vovinam Việt Võ Đạo (Việt = Vietnamese,Võ = martial,Đạo = way)

Võ Việt Nam (Cuton) or Võ Đạo of Phạm Văn Tan.


Modern Korean martial

  • Taekwondo
  • Taekkyeon/Taekgyeon
  • Tang Soo Do/Soo Bahk Do
  • Hapkido arts
  • Gungdo

Historical European martial arts (HEMA) refers to martial arts of European origin, particularly using arts formerly practised, but having since died out or evolved into very different forms.

Most popular modern arts are :

  • Boxing
  • wrestling