List of martial arts by regional origin

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There are a large number of distinct styles and schools of martial arts. Sometimes, schools or styles are introduced by individual teachers or masters, or as a brand name by a specific gym. Martial arts can be grouped by type or focus, or alternatively by regional origin. This article focuses on the latter grouping.

For hybrid martial arts, as they originated from the late 19th century and especially after 1950, it may be impossible to identify unique or predominant regional origins. It is not trivial to distinguish "traditional" from "modern" martial arts. Chronology isn't the decisive criterion, as, for example, "traditional taekwondo" was developed in the 1950s, while the "modern" hybrid martial art of Bartitsu was developed in ca. 1900.

A large portion of traditional martial arts can be categorized as folk wrestling (see the separate article), although in some cases a folk wrestling style and a modern combat sport may overlap or become indistinguishable from each other once the sport has been regulated.

Africa

Styles of stickfighting
Folk wrestling
Bare knuckle boxing

The Americas

Barbados
Bolivia
Brazil
Canada;
Colombia
Cuba
Peru
Trinidad and Tobago
United States
Venezuela

Asia

Bangladesh
Cambodia
China
See List of Chinese martial arts.
India
Indonesia
Japan
See List of Japanese martial arts
Korea
Laos
Malaysia
Myanmar
Okinawan martial arts
Philippines
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Vietnam (Vo Thuat)

Europe

European folk styles

England
France
Ireland
Portugal
Russia
Scotland
Spain

Modern sports

France
Germany
Italy
Russia
Serbia
Spain
Ukraine
United Kingdom

Near East & Central Asia

Traditional

Modern

Iran
Israel

Oceania

Traditional

Modern

See also