Most Popular Martial Arts in the UK

There are many different forms of martial arts, and most of the categories are popular among combat trainers and fans in the UK. These categories of the sport can be found in various teaching schools around martial arts and should be considered by those who are looking for a way to expand their body and mind for positive well-being.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed around judo in 1914 when top judo student Mitsuyo Maeda travelled to Brazil. The base of the sport being judo, mixed with different Brazilian fighting styles, made this a popular form of combat which has been included in competition throughout the UK. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu only made its way into the martial arts scene throughout the 80s and 90s, making it a well-established yet newly found sport for Britain.


Karate is a well-known form of martial arts in the UK and all around the world. The sport was first used in Japan in the early 20th century with the disenfranchised Ryukyuans and has been taught by systematic methods since 1920. Karate is one of the most well-known and popular forms of martial arts used around the world for both self-defence purposes and to gain a healthy body and mind through discipline, patience, and focus.


Judo is based on the traditional combat fighting in Japan and was developed by Japanese polymath Kano Jigoro in 1882. Kano originally designed the sport to be a physical and mental well-being aid for people who take part in it. Since the 1800s, the sport has developed into an acceptable combat sport used in the Tokyo Olympics. Judo involves different disciplines such as pink, joint locks, chokes, and throws to defeat opponents.

Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts is a form of combat which were practised in ancient Greece, China, India, Italy, Egypt, and Japan. Despite the ancient rules and variations of mixed martial arts, modern disciplines are widely used within the UK. Mixed martial arts are one of the more popular and well-known forms of the sport.

For those looking to become focused on patience and building their skills as well as ancient giving positive well-being, these forms of martial arts are great not only for that but also for self-defence.