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Top 10 Most Deadly Martial Arts of the World

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With Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights and demonstrations slowly becoming a worldwide phenomenon, many have traveled the world to seek out the best martial arts and master the techniques. Military and police forces all around the world combine martial arts techniques from different fields to be used during hand-to-hand combat and as part of arrest and self-defense methods. Martial arts vary in scope and variety; some prioritize striking movements, grappling maneuvers, with weapons or a combination of all three. While they vary from one another, they all share the same similarity; when used correctly and with force, martial arts are deadly. To pick a list of deadliest or strongest martial arts is a subjective matter; debates have arisen from the topic, many vouching for one martial arts technique over another and vice versa. We explore some of the more dangerous forms of martial arts practiced by its practitioners:


One of the oldest forms of martial arts in existence, Kalarippayattu originated from Kerala, in South India. Practitioners seek to instill a high level of intellect and spirituality by utilizing mantra shastra and tantra shastra. A skilled Kalarippayattu practitioner who has achieved that high level of spirituality is not only well-versed in striking, grappling and different weaponry skills but has the ability to sense movements from the opponent and defend before even being attacked. By developing psychic-like senses and agile movements, Kalarippayattu is quickly making a comeback in the modern era after being portrayed in a positive light in famous movies.


Originated in Korea and the national sport of South Korea, Taekwondo loosely means “the way of the foot and the fist”. With over 70 million practitioners and over 4 million black belt holders worldwide, taekwondo was included in the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. Taekwondo is famous for its high impact kicks, with rationale being kicks having a much longer reach than punching and if executed swiftly, is considered the strongest weapon for a martial artist.


Literally meaning hand, karate is a full contact martial art originating from Okinawa in Japan that incorporates striking, grappling and locks to takedown an opponent. Practitioners of karate are called karatekas and they number as much as 23 million worldwide. Made famous by the film The Karate Kid starring Pat Morita as a karate master, karate is highly deadly martial art technique with current MMA world champions practicing karate as their main striking ability.

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Originated in the Russian Federation in 1938, Sambo is a grappling martial art with origins in Judo and other Eastern European wrestling techniques. Sambo differs from other martial arts with its different ranking system. Instead of colored belts, Sambo practitioners are awarded ratings such as Master of Sports and International of Sports. A special technique of Sambo called Combat Sambo is extensively used by military and Special Forces worldwide to neutralize enemies in a close combat situation. With its strong grappling techniques, Sambo practitioners can takedown opponents and maim a part of their body with a lock in a matter of mere seconds.

Muay Thai

Thailand’s national sport is taking the martial arts world by storm. Called the “Art of Eight Limbs”, an accomplished Muay Thai practitioner has the prowess and ability to strike using their shins, elbows, hands and knees instead of four contact points in fists and feet. Mainly a form of kickboxing, Muay Thai practitioners usually get opponents into a clinch, a hold an opponent has difficulty to get out of, and kneeing them directly at the heart, downing an opponent quickly and effectively.

Krav Maga

Literally meaning “hand to hand combat” and developed as a form of street fighting in Israel, Krav Maga has become one of the fastest growing martial arts around the globe currently. Krav Maga focuses more on threat defense instead of offensive attacks, making it ultimately practical and useful in the current global context. Different variations of Krav Maga are used in military forces around the world and in Special Forces like Israel’s Mossad, FBI and the British SAS.

Wing Chun

Specializing in close combat, Wing Chun practitioners are taught to be efficient, practical and quick on their feet. Believing the use of the least amount of force is the best way in battle, Wing Chun practitioners seek out the quickest way to take down an opponent through unique striking abilities, aiming blows at the throat, shin and sweeping opponents off the ground quickly with kicks. Wing Chun practitioners also have the ability to chain attacks, making their attacks deadly if not blocked and stopped prematurely.


Originated in Brazil, Capoeira is unique in the sense that it incorporates music and dance to the martial art. Used by slaves in the 1800s, it was disguised as a form of dance moves to trick slave owners into thinking the practitioners were merely dancing when they were really mastering techniques and sharpening their Capoeira moves. Capoeira is a form of martial art that is considered one of the hardest to counter since its moves are unorthodox yet very lethal. By implementing quick kicks and flowing punches, Capoeira is definitely one of the more unique martial arts globally.

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The way of the ninja. Practiced by shinobis in ancient Japan, Ninjitsu is considered one of the most unconventional martial arts techniques around the world today. Ninjitsu practitioners in ancient Japan were assassins and spies; hence their methods were based on stealth and taking out an opponent when he does not see it coming. Ninjitsu practitioners are taught various skills and weaponry and are considered guerrilla masters of the samurai sword.


While the origin of Silat is relatively unknown, and the popularity of the martial art is still considered low, what is known is Silat was created by the Malay people in Southeast Asia. Used mainly as a war dance and a form of self defense, Silat practitioners are skilled strikers trained to maintain a strong stance while applying slow and subtle movements with unique dance-like qualities to trick opponents into believing Silat practitioners were ill-trained and hence, making mistakes that Silat practitioners can take advantage of.

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With historical references since the period of ancient Greeks, boxing has been refined and retooled numerous times in the modern context. Boxing in the modern world now mainly follows the Marquees of Queensberry rules with rounds and a three-round knockout system. Boxing is strictly striking using gloved fists, with different stances and different methods of strikes involved. A strong knockout boxer, like world famous Muhammad Ali, famous for the catchphrase “Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee” could knock down an opponent and knock their lights out unconscious with a single punch.

With plenty of martial arts techniques around the globe, a martial artist is definitely spoiled for choice. While there will most definitely be debates with regards to the most deadly martial arts technique known to man, a man who can incorporate several of the above martial arts styles and make it his own would indeed be one of the most dangerous man alive


Micks Mides from Montevideo, Uruguay on March 10, 2018:

How come there are no people dead from doing those? Not so deadly after all ....

kung fu thief on February 24, 2018:

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The most deadly Martial artist is the one who doesn't think about being ruthless, so any style can be the deadliest if the practitioner is put in the right state of mind.

Angelo Bello on February 17, 2018:

I take a mixture of forms of many Asiatic influences yet they are from the origin from india yes and the origin of india is Arabia and the origin of Arabia is the Aram many of these fighting styles combined are very dangerous that's why anti violence break dancing is a better way to have fun instead of becoming instantly deadly there are many hidden martial arts that should not be exposed to the world yes because of enfrightenment . such as dim mak or other teachings in japanese ninjitsu or Asiatic kung fu ninjitsu or many Asiatic calculated forms or many forms and many styles combined along with element styles learned and religiously believed in . the more you believe the more you can achieve . many futuristic innovative artials arts come from the old and are new and improvised yes but all of these martial arts to learn and innovate with or invert or combine wit calculation makes you ultimate lethal and deadly hands in the world fro military and or independent studies to practice martial arts military combat is the ultimate enhancement program for martial arts yes and needed worldwide yet is so impossible to learn all of these styles to combine with so much reading and demonstrational skill and calculation so it really is try to read as much as you can and movement all of the movements in calculation within seconds . this would make and ultimate bad ass underground movie smut world yet that's illegal I think they should clone a human with all this knowledge of martial art lol

Joe Cseko jr from New York, USA, Earth on January 07, 2015:

Okay, why on Earth are Tae Kwon Do and Sambo on this list? How is Jeet Kun Do (Jun Fan Kung Foo) not?

Sambo and Judo are sports, and not true martial arts.

Drew on March 05, 2014:

I agree with a few of these quotes I studied Isshinryu I've been a black belt for 30 years now unfortully I got hurt @ work broke my leg & back but tucked in my head from my trading when we would flip each other & do a break fall I learned from a Marine that studied in Japan under the GRANDMASTER & Founder to be honest all martial arts are deadly but it depends on the person

did one get a black belt from just doing his katas or from

fighting when I studied lawyers were not involved u dropped

your hands u got hit in the face u left your chest open u got hit

learning my my Sensei to me a great experience we used 50/50

hands & feet also take downs throws swipes ect to me leaning

from someone who was taught hand to hand combat just to

survive & turned out to Master it was a great part of my life we

trained hard if u didn't and acted up u either had to do push

ups or leave for that day there was a no nonsense approach

which I think made me respect the Martial Arts a lot more till

this day I still love the arts since im hurt I can work out but I

don't push my self I also studied Taekwondo for a short time

cause I moved for about 6 months I didn't wear a belt cause I

was already a black belt so I didn't feel the need for one & the

Sensei was ok with it he was a great guy but when I would fight

the black belts & jammed them up & come over with a back fist

they said no hands they don't count I don't know if that's every

school I can't say but I wasn't about to stay in a school were u

just did flashy kicks id admit it looked cool but if it were real

fights they had no defensive once there legs could not be used

like I said im not putting down all TKD this was just my

experience I also went to Shotokan cause I wanted my son to

learn he started to lose interest so I joined so he would have me

enrolled with him of course different classes I also didn't were

a belt there also I noticed that there katas were Isshinryu's

blocking drills so I was show 5 in my 1st day & the hardest part

was remembering the name of them but just like the TKD

school they had padded floors & music playing blasting how are

you supposed to consitrate I was used to hard floors but like I

said with all the laywers I guess you can't blame them another

thing is that I noticed im sure the real Martial Artists will agree

that now a days they promote people who don't deserve to be

cause they don't want to lose the $ it's a shame a lot of people

who have just received there black belts didn't earn them they

paid for them not all though I will not put down someone who

trained hard for it my Black Belt test consisted of a written test

& being able to count to a 100 in Japanese plus even before my

test I taught the kids class I was a kid my self but that was part

of becoming a Black belt the written part was long then after

that I had to preform my katas then after that I had to fight who

ever they selected then I passed my test I think its a shame u

have black belt out there that are not really black belts & it

discourages them when it wasn't there fault or go to fight in a

tournament & don't last more than a minute I feel for these kids

& even adults when I went to the these other schools and could not believe were the Martial Arts have come to well I wish everyone the best & train hard

Shotokan school after not really training

for about 3 years in 2 months I was told

after class I had to fight the Black Belts I

just started to train again but I fought 7 of

them one at a time beating all of them &

quickly then the Sensei stepped in to fight

me I scored on him he scored on me then

I was tierd so I went at him fast to get it

done quickly I had him crouched in a

corner with his hands over his head then it hit me it was his school his students so I backed off & left my chrst open he won he & I both know I really did but out of respect I let him win as long as he knew it I was good with it but 2-23 Black Belts came to me & said u really won I said no I didn't he did they said u had him in the corner I said vut no were to score & when he got up he caught me they smiled & said ok but me & the Sensei became close friends after that which is a plus so like I said it doesn't really matter what style you study unless your teacher is bad or its just a bad style but with that said its the students who chose if there going to be good or not are they going to train even at home after class & on days when there is no class or just go the days they say that's what makes the difference I loved the martial arts all my life I trained every day when I learned a new kata I would come home & practice ok well I appreciate reading from other great Martial Artists

boom on February 01, 2014:

at age 21 wc martial arts can i start to practice i have anger problems

Douglas on November 11, 2013:

Capoeira? Really? I am a martial artist from brazil and can tell you that capoeira shouldn't even be considerated a martial art. All the great martial arts have their root in secular training and improvement along the ages. Capoeira, as you stated, not only is recent but it was created by uncouth fellas with no proper training or scientific method to fight agains brazilian slavers that again didn't have any proper training.

MANIRENGAN on September 18, 2013:

I am from India and I am blown off my feet by james comments on kalari and varmakali. Bullshit of the first order. Indians are like this spewing shit through their mouth. I personaly think that in an arena mma muaythai fighter has the best chance. in survival amy military style martial artist will survive

Syahrizad Akmal from Shah Alam, Malaysia on June 10, 2013:

In silat got some skill that be legend for ppl that complete learning silat..its call IBU GAYONG..not all ppl can learn..only ppl that complete learning silat can learn this skill..hehhehe..

Robert Mc Dowell from Puyallup, WA on May 11, 2013:

One comment mentioned Kali. Martial arts from the Philippines are very good. In fact, many Kenpo schools have integrated stick and knife fighting from the Philippines. I believe they learn weapons first and empty hand second. In Kenpo we learn empty hand first and weapons second. But we’re predominantly an empty hand art. So we’re not that perfect in weapons, hence Kali. There’s one thing I can say about Kenpo, the movements flow so well that without weapon’s training, a black belt in Kenpo can pick up a weapon and use it effectively against thugs. But to combat against a trained weapon’s fighter like Kali, a Kenpoist would have to train for a while in just weapons.

Gab on May 05, 2013:

you forgot kali. it's from the philippines we usually call it arnis or eskrima in our school

Robert Mc Dowell from Puyallup, WA on March 10, 2013:

I would add American Kenpo to that list. I've studied it for forty years and at 5'2", I've taken down some bad boys. But really, all martial arts are dangerous, but you picked some good ones. When people see me do Kenpo they think it Silat, similar I guess in many ways.

In your title Karate, that's just a general word meaning punching and kicking. If you want to be more specific, place American Kenpo under it.

It would be an excellent choice. Good going, you got a lot of replies.

MartialArtsRule on February 12, 2013:

I agree with everyone here. Taekwondo is not as deadly as it would seem. What you forgot to put in this list is Kali and Jeet Kune Do. Kali was basically created to kill. It is a Filipino martial art that has been incorporated into the modern fighting system of both the U.S Marine Corp. and Russian Spetznaz. While Jeet Kune Do (that we all know to be created by Bruce Lee) has elements of both Kali and Wing Chun incorporated into the art.

duke on February 06, 2013:

silat is not from Malay (Malaysia) the originally is from Indonesia

ThePrayingMantis on February 06, 2013:

i think this site pretty good on what it says. even though there are a lot more deadly martial arts. SWAN DIVE, TO THE BEST NITE OF YOUR LIFE.

ThePrayingMantis on February 04, 2013:

Roy Tornado have you ever taught anyone? cause one day i want to train people to do Mantis, Crane, Shaolon Fist. I don't know any Shaolon Fist but i will someday. Last question are you a master?

ThePrayingMantis on February 04, 2013:

i am 13 years old and in the fighting style Mantis. Im done with the session for what i have to learn but should i go in Muay Thai or Karate next?

shaan on January 03, 2013:

i see, all are really dangerous.

oscarthe rock on December 09, 2012:

all martial arts are very dangerous and affective in any fights, but not to mention all of these are just plain business,.is there any place you can go now and get a free lesson to learn martial arts .and why don't we have a competition open to any martial artist and have their respective name on it winner take all and let the whole world decide.

porte on December 06, 2012:

I am a black belt in shotokan and do tae kwon do also and to be honest I have had a few fights in the cage and nobody got anywhere near me, if they came close I closed the gap for them leaving them no room for nothing. works good in the street also as you don't actually need to hurt someone but if it came to it then you could instantly put an end to it any day.

Nickh on November 17, 2012:

Sorry but this article is ridiculous, the secret to beating any black belt in taekwondo is to get up close to him. Like others have said it's a good martial art sport for kids but when it comes to real life situations you're screwed relying on that art especially since most of the taekwondo dojo's are belt factories now a days. MMA guys are pretty damn tough, but they focus on competition mostly (from my experience with mma trainers anyway.) So far I've found aikido, muay thai, wing chun, and gojuro to be the most effective types of art but I still plan to learn with an open mind.

bondo calona on October 23, 2012:

90% of everything this said is ridiculously false.1 Kalarippayattu

the Indian martial art from the southern state of Kerala is amung the predictible and undefended martual art/2 capoeira was discovered by a french reporter in 1632 no on person knows ho founded it just the basics as mongolian slaves in the notourious poptoca lo tel ma ne translation the black day clan /Taekwondo translateing to ways of body/ and everything els im not going to go into other than your full of shit iv studied 7 of these martual arts for the most proportion of my life and consider them to be my life ....stop getting your imformation from the enternet

urban combatives on September 02, 2012:

No holds barred you say, put a blue belt urban combatives in there and he will literly rip ANY opponant appart a black belt and upwards in urban combatives is like a wild animal with mad skills, like I said its real world stuff, we don't live in a cage we live in a big world, and can get attaked any where any time. No refs no tap outs no rules.

steven on September 01, 2012:

Puta black belt from any art or a top boxer in an cage,no holds barred and the mma fighter wins 9 times out of ten every time, The least likely to survive would be Taekwondo, I dont know how it even made the list, it is a good sport type karate for kids but hardly a fighting technique for the real world of self defence .

silat on August 14, 2012:

welcome to our country

combative on July 15, 2012:

Urban combat/ combatives will beat any martial art once its been mastered. There are no rules no tap outs and no ref. In the real world combatives beat ill. Eye gougeing, biteing,joint breaks and takeouts are the standard. Elbows knees headbuts hammer fists to any part of the body. Its real world stuff not a sport.

Clarencet410 on July 09, 2012:

All martial arts are deadly, it just depends on the user and his or her will. TaeKwonDo and boxing are very deadly it depends on the user.

James on July 04, 2012:

Another thing about it is any Tom Dick and Harry isn't allowed this art. And by the time you learn all the aspects of Kalari , You'll be ever wiser to not use it or Make money out of it. .....

Varma Kalai teachers are highly selective in their choice of students. Disciples must meet a number of criteria; beyond martial arts competence they are required to have an understanding of biology, mathematics, political science, astronomy, physics, chemistry, Saamuthriga Lakshanam, Yoga, military tactics, horsmanship, elephant riding, charioteering and Hindu philosophy (Saiva, Vaisnava, Saktha, Koumara, Boutha, Samana) etc. The Varma Kalai martial artist is not allowed to teach the art to others until he receives Deeksha from his Aasan or Periyaasan as in recognition of him as an Aasan.

Hearsays are that the rules were followed sincerely without exception, everyone who wished to learn the art were not qualified to learn. It was taught only to selected individuals who qualified but again all who learned does not qualify to become an Aasan. Also the Aasans and Periyaasans did not pass on few techniques as they never met qualified diciple. It is being said that causes such led to the loss of many great techniques, few Aasans who spoke to media deny that thought. There is also a belief that the art was kept hidden for centuries for various reasons, it seems that Aasans agree to that but there is no sound record on what facts set the art hidden

James on July 03, 2012:

Also I learnt this Subsidiary of Kalari called Varmma Kalai which is the same as Marmma, Its absolutely lethal causing paralysis, twisting of tendons and nerves, cessation of involuntary muscles involving internal organs and organ function, spinal ganglion damage. The massage before begining Kalari training is to ease off any afflicted damage due to MARMA PRAYOGAM in previous sessions.

Essentially Kalari has a strong anatomical and medical backgraound - Making it the most deadly art. Its not publicised for the same reasons.

James on July 03, 2012:

KALARI moves are influenced by the ancient medicine of Ayurveda where in the moves are engineered to strike nerve endings called MARMMA. There are certain paralysing strikes in KALARI which is not taught anymore due to its lethality. KALARI isn't taught very seriously in Kerala and due to lack of documentation most of techniques are considered lost. The intensity is also mellowed due to lack of competitiveness and general practice. KARALI has more to do with Massage, Meditation, Yoga and Ayurvedic Medicine than mainstream martial arts. Its a fact these knowledge come from ancient vedic texts and KALARI is just a part of broader vedic sciences. For modern world its a mellowed fighting technique and thats exactly why its the most ancient.

kumar on June 26, 2012:

People say kalari is the mother of kung fu, i agree. Rather then believe in history...Why not spar with a kung fu monk with an aggressive eagle claw

meo on June 26, 2012:

Killing people from after with magic like silat or burmese art does is clearly cowardice...Fight like a man!

I have practice karate, hung gar kung fu, tai chi chuan, wing chun kung fu, aikido, judo since i was 9yrs old..And i say combination of MA work wonders.

MMA, TAEKWONDO is a sportlike art, i won't prescribe that as a real self defence for street fight

ninja45 on June 22, 2012:

ninjitsu is the best ma especially if you have a lot of chakra or energy their are moves were users can control elements like wind lightning earth water fire or they can walk on water and run up trees and my favorite move is called rasengan

Tom ming on June 16, 2012:

I have mastered muay boran, and i can say its quite a deadly art. A martial art becomes deadly when applied accurately, for me all arts are deadly, what makes it deadly is the person who practices it, like somebdy said earlier"a gun can't shoot itself, it requires a shooter", people became so good in shooting, that they became marks men.

What am trying to say is with lotz of training, u can become a deadly tool.

Also i like to explore other MA, right now am practicing dim mak...

Roy tornado on June 16, 2012:

Let me make something clear here, kalari gave birth to some MA, that doesn't mean its the mother of all arts, and people also say is the art of God, your God not mine...If so why is your so-called God art defeated?. I think indians their "god" or whatever is superior...

Now back to my point, do you want to tell me that african MA originated from kalari? Take a look at capoeira, pankration, savate, sambo, judo, muay boran, egyptian arts etc....They are independent and they all have their unique moves and also its has been used to defend themselves for centuries...And yet indians claim their art have birth to all. I have defeated a kalaripayattu...Am not boasting just trying to tell this people that no MA is superior

Roy tornado on June 16, 2012:

Any MA that uses magic is not a martial art,its sorcery. And also i think all MA are deadly except taekwondo which is for clowns..

But i belive in great MA like:

Dim mak

tai chi


wing tsun

muay borian


if you can combine 3 or more of these art including bjj/gjj, you will be unmatchable.This is different from MMA, because its sport oriented. All these art i have mastered, i can tell you, i have never been defeated by any known or unknown MA (i don't mean am the greatest though)

i have 51 years experience in MA...And i can tell you that MA more deadly and effective in its tradition form

one last thing....Believe in peace not violence

Parker on June 08, 2012:

For me rthe best martial art is learning the art of shooting with a gun especially if your opponent only knows how to kick, grapple and strike and in a distance away from you. There's no question that having a gun is the best and practical personal defense everyone can have.

mu tav on June 08, 2012:

combinattion of boxing and bjj and muay thai. you dont need more.

Peter on June 07, 2012:

Hi. I have a little boy and I'm just wondering if there's a technique that could be taught to someone small in case he gets into a situation involving meeting than one person against him. Please help. Thanks :)

acef on June 05, 2012:

aikido is the best and most dangerous. eskrima is the most practical martial arts in the modern world.

raju on June 02, 2012:

after earning a black belt in taekwondo...i decided to spar with a ninjutsu guy who just hit me on a nerve centre and i went limp...what am trying to saying is that..i have come to realise that taekwondo is totally useless, though they have good kick but poor defence system. you cant try a 540 kick with a real karateka/juijutsu man, he will kill you before you realise it. i don't blame people who talk ill of taekwondo, now i know d reason why...right now i say ninjutsu is the most deadly..because of its pressure point technique...out of all technique pressure point is the deadly not your muscle or boxing talent

Saya j on June 02, 2012:

I think Wing chun is smart martial art but mui thai is deadly martial art in the world.

animoto on June 01, 2012:

practice any martial art you want....but i advice you exclude taekwondo and boxing

Kalari on June 01, 2012:

Hey guys you are supporting the martial arts created by humans, but my dear friends Kalari is an art created by god and more over that it is the basic platform for all martial arts, so no more arguments KALARI is the best

The Best on May 21, 2012:

Tai Chi is the deadliest. If you fasten it up.

ravi on May 20, 2012:

All martial arts are deadly in their own ways. but i really think, well my opoinion is that Gatka sikh martial arts is the most deadly amd dangerous.

Kenny on May 16, 2012:

A combinatiom of jiujitsu,krav maga,muay thai &keysi fighting method(which is the best) is enough to dismantle anyone-even chuck norris ;)

rr on May 15, 2012:

PIKITI TERSIA KALI is the best!!!!

Tracy's 2nd Brown on May 12, 2012:

How do you have a deadliest arts list but don't have Kenpo?


Mr Martial Art-J Toro on May 06, 2012:

All martial arts are great inventions of human mind creativity and human body agility. The superior fighter practices the best form of self control, discipline and use it to promote peace as the ultimate objective.

umar on April 26, 2012:

silat is the best martial art from indonesia for world peace

you fools on April 25, 2012:

I would love to any of these martial arts vs a firearm..

shubham on April 24, 2012:

Dear friends...there's no art which u can say is the best or the worst because it depends on the artist which practice all these.....if u have a brave heart,and a perfect mind..then no one can defeat u...According to me the real sense of the martial arts is it has become a game...there's no link of this with nature and even people are using this for wrong purposes...

Sai krishna on April 23, 2012:

every martial art is equal it is the way you use it makes it feel best in you ...... most of martial around the world

was created by one man Bodidarman the third prince of cheras of India who lived before ad in the present day kerala tamil nadu region

Yutaka Toyoda on April 23, 2012:

guys are you really martial artist :) there is no strongest martial arts it only depends on the person on how his using it :)

MUAY THAI on April 23, 2012:

Are yous silly! The art of eight lims.. Its so powerful & at the same time full of skill! Muay thai has the highest death rate to! Its obviously thai muay thai should be at the top! It doesn't matter if some guy that does some other marital arts;puts his gaurd up! One big powerful kick and its game over! Simple as.. Carry on punching fin air.. There's no point in hitting a bag for hours a day if it aint hitting back, its called sparing & this is what most over marial arts don't do!. (Billy king)

uknown on April 21, 2012:

for me jeet kundo is the best and also the yawyan

dhruv on April 20, 2012:

karate and kung fu are crazy

csw on April 18, 2012:

i hold a belt in TKD but to me the best one is wushu thats what jet li does

W on April 14, 2012:

Theyre all good, but combining are few together will be better

Bob on April 13, 2012:

Where's Brazilian Jujitsu?

Jon on April 11, 2012:

I'd like to learn the best all rounder but don't really know much about then atm, could anyone help please by emailing : i was thinking of Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ)??? Thanks to whoever could help me in research.

Armstrong the Instructor of Nigeria Karate Association on April 09, 2012:

Karate is d best and most deadly martial art,in the world as a karate master i say karate is the and is better than kung fu because karate is an art that kung fu oriented from.

Genvie on April 09, 2012:

Yes youre right

dean on April 08, 2012:

Taekwondo is very deadly,it is one of the most effective in my I opinion. I don't understand why people are even calling any Martial Arts stupid.

Bruce Lee on April 06, 2012:

Don't Think... FEEL!

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Nonoy on April 03, 2012:


ITs a sport not a martial art...

nonetheless...full of useless moves..

u'll get knock down by a real karateka before u can use ur turning kick ETC...

bob on April 02, 2012:

kung fu is the deadliest. Bruce lee could beat anyone and he used kung fu to create his own martial art.

admiz on April 01, 2012:

tkd s the best and otherz folow

Zack Fair on March 31, 2012:

Silat from Indonesia bro,please tagged :)

Dennis Terry on March 31, 2012:

Although there are some good forms of Gung Fu, In tournament play, it is inferior, so it is placed a class all to itself- one of my Black Belts is in TKD and even though I love it, it is inferior to its cousin, Hapkido, and I have been training in Aikijujutsu (the legendary art of the Samurai, pretty much the same as Ninjitsu) for several years and it is 'a' superior martial art also. Any grappling form is okay as a sport, but on the streets with multiple opponents they will kill you while you are tied up on the ground! Krav Maga and Muay Thai are good also.

William on March 31, 2012:

boxing...muay thai...filipino martial arts....these 3 HAVE to be on any "deadliest martial arts " list...why ??

1-boxing-by far the perfect art for beginners ,as it does not swamp you with unrealistic,useless,dance-like movements and is a really good ,if not underrated,fighting style

2-muay thai-go to thailand and see a thai boxing match..then you will know why it is so deadly

3-fma-chosen by all law enforcement and military forces...excellent weapons+ empty hand training...not belt or philosophy oriented...very practical and streetwise (especially check out PEKITI-TIRSIA-KALI)

master patutoh on March 29, 2012:

try to learn "barang" the worlds deadliest type of martial art originated in southern philippines.

Zen master on March 27, 2012:

I train in Zen Do Kai, I have also done boxing for a few years. ZDK is awesome, well rounded mma, gets my vote.

praneeth on March 25, 2012:

The deadliest fight in the world is chinease kung-fu....

GregPsycho on March 23, 2012:

All martial arts are deadly especially if not preformed correctly some if preformed correctly are more deadly but you cannot claim that one martial art is better than any other because it all depends on the I dividual using it not the art

kid on March 21, 2012:

Ive studied a few different styles. I agree that you should not have to fight, but there are times when you must in order to defend yourself. There are plenty of people who think that because you are learning forms in a class, that it wont work in the streets, because there are no rules. True, a mugger will not hesitate, and he will fight dirty, but there are things you learn in martial arts that help in situations like that, even in taekwondo. You have to remember, these martial arts were all created as a way of self defense, and countering or offense, if they werent effective, they wouldnt exist. The name "martial art" translates to "art of mars" mars being the Roman god of war, so literally "art of war." all martial arts are designed to be deadly.

david on March 19, 2012:

you guys are crazy.

taekwondo is the most deathly martial arts in the world if u learn its origin it is called taekyon.Taekyon learn about kicking,punching,grappling and even takedown.

Bob on March 16, 2012:

Why can I not find the real defendo art out there that is truely the best system to learn if anyone know's please email

Josh G on March 14, 2012:

Taekwondo? Karate? Boxing? Capoeria??? REALLY! !!!!!!! You might as well put Kickboxing there as well!!!!! try any of those four so called 'deadly martial arts' and believe me you will be killed. If you want some real self defense I suggest the following:


Krav Maga



sorry for the rant its just karate taekwondo etc are all sport oriented. while they may look good in the ring you have to remember on the street there are no rules. The four ive mentioned are hand to hand combat styles which are all inclusive of all strikes(kicks,punches, open hand, knee and elbow strikes) grapples, takedowns, ground fighting gun and knife defense and fighting against multiple opponents

Cobra on March 13, 2012:

Best is Wrestling... I'm telling in street fights 1 on 1 you have to know how to fight on the ground.

wtf on March 12, 2012:

stop all those non-sense words the best martial art is nothing it only make this world a big battle ground and kill ya all! happy to see blood in your hands?

Jason on March 12, 2012:

In taekwondo, if u reach black belt, u learn how to grapple n lock too

Rob on March 09, 2012:

Korean Hapkido is one of the most complete and deadly self defense systems of all Martial Arts history

Rythemm on March 08, 2012:

Nothing is much more deadliest than chineskungfu. Speacialy the most ancient shaolin and the jeetkundo style.

zzzzzzz on March 06, 2012:

we forgote wushu and taichi

Adam on March 02, 2012:

I say Pencak Silat and Boxe Thai ! Plus The 2 are highly compatible.

manny pacman on February 26, 2012:

People talk bad about boxing but they really don't understand how technical professional boxing is. Boxing might not be as pretty as some martial arts but quick footwork, good timing and solid technique can make quite a deadly combination. You can strike quick and powerful without losing balance, which is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of any martial art. One properly planted punch to the jaw, can mean lights out.

TKD lover on February 26, 2012:

My taekwondo instructor teachs a mix of several martial arts. Taekwondo can be exploited if you have bad grappling and hand strikes, but if you have a well rounded game, you have some serious weapons. Seeing how taekwondo kicks are among the most devistating strikes in martial arts. (360 kick, 540 kick, flying side kicks, various aerial techniques that apply momentum, leverage, weight, velocity, etc) a powerful mind is the deadliest weapon

Robin on February 25, 2012:

I'v been training in ninjiujutsu,takwondo,judo,capoeria,silat, and savate kickboxing. I mixed all these together and made my own martail art called mixed jiujutsu.

simon on February 17, 2012:

i study Shotokan Karate,one of the most traditional forms.. I consider Karate to be one of the most deadliest forms of martial arts... however i consider that martial arts are about finding true spirit within yourself. and agree with the comment above that a true martial artist should never have to fight..

shib on February 13, 2012:

yes all martial art are deadly if you practice them well. FYI only one kick or punch in right place can knock out any master or a lay man.

njun on February 12, 2012:

Vovinam, originating from Vietnam, is not mentioned here. Many may not know it yet. However, Vovinam is gaining recognition among martial arts' practitioners.

hayden on February 11, 2012:

Yall are all stupid the deadliest figjting stlye in the world is white lotus kung fu

Yash Saha on February 10, 2012:

U all guys learn martial arts for street fighting and thinking what u`ll do when u r attacked by bad guys.

This is a perfect bullshit if u all think that u r true martial artist then u should have the abiltiy to achieve victory without even fighting.

My opinion is Martial Arts is to discourage violence and find the true Master who dwells within. The greatest fighter never fights and still wins everytime because he has channelised his energy to become enlightened and discover the ultimate power within a man rather than getting into stupid street fights and proving his superiority.

farhan on February 10, 2012:

Silat originally from Malaysia and Indonesia. Anyone can edit from wikipedia website but the fact is silat originally from Malaysia and Indonesia. No doubt about it. But the way it was performed is different. Proud to be a Malay. As for me, I think Silat and Muay Thai are the most deadliest. Even Bruce Lee was defeated by a Silat master. :) Taekwando? Too many opening..Capoiera? same..

Ephraim on February 10, 2012:

No martial art is d best,am a taekwondo pratictioner and am telin u 2day dat it depends on ur training capacity in any forms of martial art.

Nibiru on February 09, 2012:

My problem with bjj is the gi. I TOTALLY understand the 'art' and 'traditionalism' but, it's almost vacant of any practical use. It's not often I come across a guy wearing a gi on the street. It's also difficult to use effectively against multiple opponents. If ANY type of ground fighting is desired I would suggest 10TH Planet jj and Wrestling. Just seems more practical.

siska on February 08, 2012:

if the muay thai was not the strongest, then why in UFC best fighters are muay thai black belt? and why did a Capoeira fighter scored the most powerful kick in the world? that if it land on someone it could break his bones. and where is the brazilian jiu jitsu among these? though its also one of the most dangerous martial art?

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