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What Are The Easiest Forms Of Martial Arts To Learn?

Posted: July 15, 2021

So, you want to start learning martial art? But you don’t know where to start.


Reaping the rewards of studying martial art requires a significant amount of time, energy and discipline.


No martial art is easy or quick to learn. The quickness and the ease of learning martial arts depend on the learning ability of a person.


Many gyms that specialise in martial arts take classes for all skill levels. Learning in a group setting is unrivalled. Yes, you can teach yourself from home, but you don’t get the same interaction and physical demands the art has to offer.


Whether you want to practise self-defence, become a professional fighter, or just want to reap the health benefits, this blog will help you.


Is Martial Art Easy To Learn?


Firstly, I wouldn’t be searching for what are the easiest forms of martial arts to learn.


Like learning anything new in life, you don’t expect to grasp something with a click of your fingers, and martial arts is a prime example.


The incredible mix of combat styles is what makes MMA attractive to learn. The mix of Boxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling make up the fighting options.


Striking and grabbling are the elements that make MMA the purest form of combat. There is truly something for everyone, the beauty of the sport and what gets beginners hooked.


Muay Thai


Muay Thai (Kickboxing) is arguably one of the easiest to learn and a great starting point for beginners.


Muay Thai focuses on the clinch technique this is also useful for judo and wrestling. Techniques that are integral to Muay Thai are knee strikes, punches and kicks.


With practice, they will become a weapon in your arsenal to use as self-defence, unless you’re in a competitive fight or sparing situation.


Sparring is an integral part of MMA having a willing partner to engage is a necessity.


I said easy, but in MMA, months of practice is required with any of the combat styles. You’ll need several months, multiple sessions a week, and a lot of patience to grasp this fine art.




Jiu-Jitsu is a powerful yet unique form of martial art. It’s designed so a smaller fighter has the physical resources to successfully defend themselves against a much larger opponent.


Jiu-Jitsu is a ground-based grappling sport that involves chokeholds, joint manipulation such as armbars, kimuras, leg locks and neck cranks.


At a glance, it can be seen as the gentlest form of martial art, but the chokes and finishing moves make it the deadliest.


You’ll need a good few months before you get a grasp of the unique movement and techniques.


This period will be very frustrating because the people you roll with will 90% tap you out. It will make you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere, but in reality, you have made great progress.


Any form of martial art requires patience and effort, and Jiu-Jitsu is no exception.


5 Things To Consider When Joining An MMA Gym


Knowing what you want to get out of the training should be your first thought process before considering joining an MMA gym.


Once you’ve established your reasons, here are 5 things to consider when joining an MMA gym:


  1. Quality Coaching Staff


There is a popular saying “there are no bad students, only bad teachers”.


The first thing to consider is the quality of coaches available at that gym. You are subject to their training techniques and methods. Their coaching will be the foundation of your skillset and discipline level.


  1. A Variety of Class Schedules


Like with anything in life, it has to work for you. Your chosen gym needs a variety of classes available at convenient times, or else you’ll never turn up.


  1. A Welcoming Atmosphere


When you first step through the MMA gym doors, you immediately need a sense of belonging. This feeling is ideal, and the best MMA gyms have a welcoming atmosphere.


  1. The Martial Art Mindset


Once in the gym, you need a true martial art mindset, and your gym needs to reflect that. Martial arts isn’t just about training a focus on personal development is key to succeeding through the training.


Perseverance. Determination. Confidence.


  1. A Clean Environment


We cannot stress this point enough. A clean environment is one of the most important aspects of an MMA gym. Equipment has to be well-maintained and clean - especially in these times.

Long story short. You can master any form of martial arts but not in a short period. 


Ellis Academy Of Self Defence


Our focus here at Ellis Academy is self-defence. Our programme is based on Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, with easy fundamentals and instinctive movements our system is designed for a real-life scenario, and we aim to teach it in the shortest possible time.


All of our instructors are certified black belts, qualified, and professionally trained to teach martial arts. Our facility is always clean, and we have an extensive schedule for all age groups.


Our academy is situated in Surrey to find out more about our self-defence programme and the real-life benefits of learning this ‘gentle art’ then don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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