The Difference Between Combative and Non-Combative Martial Arts

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Martial Arts

Champion’s Creed is a martial arts gym focused on teaching combative arts like wrestling and martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai/Kickboxing.

These forms of martial arts prepare students for combat, unlike non-combative martial arts such as Karate, Tai Kwan Do, and Tai Chi.

Combative Martial Arts

When learning combative martial arts, you're learning the art of close combat where specific techniques are used to beat your opponent.

Combative martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are technique-oriented. You don’t need to be super strong to beat an opponent who is much larger than you in Jiu-Jitsu. The primary element is mastering of using your whole body to attack one part of somebody else’s.

Muay Thai/Kickboxing is another full-contact sport that focuses on conditioning the mind and body to become strong and sharp for fighting opponents. Techniques in Muay Thai involve using your eight weapons - fists, elbows, kicks, and knees - to become an efficient fighter.

Non-Combative Martial Arts

Non-combative martial arts teach practitioners restraint and mindfulness, using the body as a way to explore the self rather than as a potential weapon.

Non-combative martial arts are less about competition and more about your own mental state, physical fitness, and balance.

The Champion’s Creed Experience

Champion's Creed was founded in 2000 by Brian and Sheila Bird. The highly qualified teachers at this gym take their time to assess your skill level and teach you the basics before you are thrown in with everyone else.

People come to Champion’s Creed because of their open, friendly atmosphere and because they provide a safe place for you to learn martial arts at your own pace, regardless of your end goal.

If you want to start training for fun, fitness, self-defense, or competition, sign up for your 4 Class Trial today!

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