The world of martial arts is a diverse and dynamic one. From karate’s signature moves to muay thai’s provocative knees and elbows, each practice is marked by its own traits and tricks. So when it comes to choosing one for your child to practice, it’s important to note how each helps shape different strengths, all while honing self discipline and the undeniably practical ability to defend one’s self.
Martial arts provides a number of excellent health benefits, in addition to instilling discipline and confidence within students. Through improving one’s skills during practice, a student of martial arts will also be able to build a healthier body, a disciplined mind and, by extension, lifestyle.
Below is a breakdown of different forms of martial arts and where your kids can practice them in Bangkok.
Bangkok’s most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy located in Thong lor. We are a friendly community that has a wide number of classes suitable for children, beginners and competitors.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in Bangkok Home Place Building, Thong Lo Soi 13, Sukhumvit 55 Bangkok, Thailand 10110. Tel.082-685-8712 (ENGLISH,ไทย), 096-943-9198 (日本語)
Aikido is a “grappling art” based in Japan, focusing on flow and agility. Physical strength matters much less than the ability to react to an opponent’s movement and momentum. Entering and turning motions, followed by throws and joint locks, comprise aikido’s basic repertoire.
1521/3 Sukhumvit 67-69, North Phrakhanong; 02-714-0828/9 or 083-980-116 or 081-827-3515
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a combative sport that shows people of smaller builds how to defend themselves against larger opponents. It does so by focusing on ground-fighting, teaching students how to dominate via holds and locks conducted on the floor. It maintains elements of traditional jiu jitsu and judo, as well as the striking techniques of karate and tae kwon do.
36/1 Soi Sukhumvit 69 (Salinmit), Sukhumvit Road, Prakanong. Wattana; 02-391-1754
Karate is a practice based in Japan that places a strong emphasis on striking. This is conducted through kicks, punches and open hand strikes, used to disarm one’s opponent on their feet. Takedowns are generally reserved for the final, declarative gesture of a karate fight.
Home Place Building, Floor B, Soi Thonglor 13, Klong Tan Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok; 095-743-9193
Muay Thai is the definitive combat sport of Thailand, famously known as the “Art of Eight Limbs”. This refers to the eight points of contacts: hands, shins, elbows and knees. This makes it one of the more comprehensive and aggressive martial arts with both striking and clinching playing a key role.
100 Sukhumvit Soi 61, Klong Toey; 098-258-6265
Tae Kwon Do is the Korean art of self-defence, famous for its’ fighters’ speed and agility. Head-level kicks, as well as jumping and spinning kicks, are all features of tae kwon do, each performed with signature speed.
982/22 Gateway Ekkamai, 4th Floor, Klong Toey; 02-003-3993
Wing Chun is a Chinese combat sport that emphasizes flow, balance and centered-ness. A strong body stance in wing chun is like a bamboo: “firm yet flexible”. The centerline, running from the top of one’s head to their waist, are the main striking points and thus, area of defence.
60 Soi Laselle, 17 Sukhumvit 105, near BTS Bearing, Bang Na; 02-116-6284
Q23 Academy, based in Bangkok Thailand, offers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Crazy Monkey Defense Classes which are fun and educational for both adults and children
Ambassador Hotel, Sukhumvit Road, Soi 11, Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand 10110 082 469 6903 ,