List of Japanese Martial Arts Styles

This page provides details about major and minor Japanese martial arts styles. It covers martial arts such as AikidoJudoJujutsuKarateKendo and many more. If you think a style should be added to this page, please contact us. However, we will only accept martial arts styles that have many schools (10+) & an active style association/federation and/or a detailed Wikipedia page.

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  • Aikido – Aikido is a Japanese martial arts style focused on redirecting the attack away from you. Aikido concentrates on throwing, joint locks, traditional Japanese weapons, etc.
  • Aikijujitsu – Aikijujitsu is a sub-genre of Jujutsu. In contrast to Jujutsu, Aikijujitsu focuses more heavily on blending with the opponent, moving joint-locks, and other esoteric principles.
  • Araki Ryu – Araki Ryu is a martial arts focused on traditional Japanese weapons such as the sword (katana), spear (yari), staff (bo), etc. This martial arts also practices Torite-Kogusoku (grappling in light Samurai armor).
  • Bajutsu – Bajutsu is a Japanese martial arts focused on military equestrianism.
  • Bojutsu – Bojutsu is a martial arts style focused on the long staff, Bo.
  • Bujutsu – Bujutsu is the martial arts of the Samurai.
  • Byakuren Kaikan – Byakuren Kaikan is a Japanese martial arts focused on full contact sparring.
  • Daido Juku Kudo – Daido Juku Kudo is a martial arts that practices mixed martial arts techniques while wearing a traditional gi.
  • Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu – Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu is a traditional Japanese martial arts focused on unarmed combat, throws, strikes to vital areas, joint locks, etc.
  • Enshin Kaikan – Enshin Kaikan is a martial arts that utilizes the Sabaki method (which seeks to turn an attacker’s power against him). This martial arts involves kicks, punches, sweeps, throws, etc.
  • Hanbojutsu – Hanbojutsu is a martial arts that utilizes the Hanbo (a 3 foot wooden staff).
  • Hojojutsu – Hojojutsu is a martial arts that uses ropes to restrain or disable an opponent.
  • Iaido – Iaido is a martial arts focused on the drawing of a sword (bokken, iaito or shinken) from its scabbard. This martial arts relies heavily on katas (forms) and does not utilize sparring.
  • Iaijutsu – Iaijutsu is the combat version of Iaido.
  • Itto-Ryu – – Itto-Ryu is a martial arts focused on the sword. There are many sub-styles of Itto-Ryu and this martial arts had significant influence on the development of modern Kendo.
  • Jojutsu – Jojutsu (or Jodo) is a Japanese martial arts focused on the short staff, Jo.
  • Judo – Judo is a martial arts style focused on grappling, joint locks and throws.
  • Jujutsu – Jujutsu is a martial arts style focused on joint locks, holds and throws. It tries to redirect or manipulate the force of an attack in order to defeat the attacker.
  • Jukendo – Jukendo is a martial arts focused on the bayonet.
  • Juttejutsu – Juttejutsu is a martial arts that focuses on the martial arts weapon known as the Jutte (Jitte).
  • Karate – Karate is a Japanese martial arts style focused on kata, punches, hand/elbow strikes, knee strikes and kicks.
    1. Major Karate styles include Ashihara, Budokan, Chito-RyuEnshin, Gensei-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Go Kan Ryu, Gosoku-Ryu, Isshin-RyuKishimotoDiKyokushin, Matsubayashi-Ryu, Motobu-Ryu, Ryuei-Ryu, Seido Juku, Shindo Jinen-Ryu, Shito-Ryu, Shorei-Ryu, Shorin-Ryu, Shorinji-Ryu Kenkokan, ShotokanShudokanTenshinkan, Toon-Ryu. Uechi-RyuWado-Ryu, Yoshukai, etc.
    2. The most popular Karate styles include Goju-RyuIsshin-RyuKyokushinShito-RyuShorin-RyuShotokan and Wado-Ryu (not in rank order).
  • Keijojutsu – Keijojutsu is a martial arts focused on police stick fighting (batons).
  • Kendo – Kendo is a martial arts style focused on sword fighting (i.e. Bokken and Katana).
  • Kenjutsu – Kenjutsu is a martial arts style focused on sword techniques. In contrast to Kendo, Kenjutsu is less focused on sparring.
  • Kobudo – A Japanese (Okinawan) martial arts focused on weapons training. Weapons used include the bo staffsaitonfa and nunchaku.
  • Kokondo – Kokondo is a style that combines techniques from Karate and Jujutsu.
  • Kyudo – Kyudo is a Japanese martial arts style focused on archery.
  • Naginatajutsu – Naginatajutsu is a martial arts style focused on the long pole weapon known as the Naginata.
  • Ninjutsu – Ninjutsu is a martial arts style developed from the techniques used by ninjas (Japanese spies and assassins).
  • Nippon Kempo – Nippon Kempo is a martial arts that uses punches, kicks, joint locks and grappling techniques.
  • Niten Ichi-Ryu – Niten Ichi-Ryu is a two sword martial arts style created by the famous Japanese samurai, Miyamoto Musashi.
  • Shindo Jinen-Ryu – Shindo Jinen-Ryu is a martial arts that combines elements of KarateAikido & Jujutsu. It focuses on strikeskicksgrappling and Kobudo (weapons training).
  • Shooto – Shooto is a martial arts similar to mixed martial arts and it was created by Satoru Sayama.
  • Shorinji Kempo – This martial arts combines personal growth, health and spirituality with self-defense techniques such as punches, kicks, escapes, throws, etc.
  • Sojutsu is a martial arts that focuses on spear fighting. This martial arts is also known as Yari Jutsu.
  • Spochan – Spochan is a martial arts that uses “air soft” weapons to practice various sword, staff & stick-based fighting techniques.
  • Sumo – Sumo is a martial arts focused on wrestling.
  • Taido – Taido is a martial arts that combines elements of Karate with gymnastic maneuvers & dynamic movement.
  • Taiho Jutsu – Taiho Jutsu is a martial arts that was originally designed to help feudal police arrest armed criminals.
  • Tessenjutsu – Tessenjutsu is a martial arts based on the use of Tessen (war fans).
  • Yabusame – Yabusame is a martial arts focused on archery while mounted on horseback.
  • Yamanni-Ryu – Yamanni-Ryu is a martial arts that focuses on training with Okinawan weapons (Kobudo).
  • Yoseikan Budo – Yoseikan Budo is a martial arts system that combines a number of different martial arts including AikidoJujutsuJudoKarateKobudo and Boxing.

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