7 Most Lethal Martial Arts
What you are about to read are just some of the world’s deadliest martial arts. At most, they train your body to become formidable killing machines.
These kinds of martial arts prove that death does not always come with a gun. They lie in your own hands.
Any roll call of powerful martial arts is incomplete without kung fu. It is the grandfather of hand-to-hand combat, practiced for hundreds of years in the Middle Kingdom, the country we know now as China.
Early on, monks served as custodians of this knowledge. They later passed it on to Chinese warriors who gratefully used it to turn their bodies into lethal weapons.
Kung fu is an umbrella term for any martial arts from China. In any case, the fundamentals are there: You need to attack your enemy with lightning speed and impregnable force.
While other kinds of martial arts entail talks of spirituality, silat zeroes in on almost-mindless violence. Silat has no clear origins, but experts claim it is probably an amalgam of kung fu and martial arts from India. Other silat experts theorize that this form of fighting is derived from the behavior of animals.
That latter explanation figures because silat masters, like animals, are known to incapacitate their opponents as fast as they can. Agility and powerfully paralyzing moves are the foundations of silat.
In Malaysia’s neighbor Thailand, multitudes are engrossed with Muay Thai. An ancient fighting style often referred to as the Art of Eight Limbs, this martial art form is characterized by devastatingly lightning-quick knee strikes.
This martial art doubles as a sport akin to boxing for Thais. Athletes have died from this sport, mostly because their ribs took powerful blows from the knees.
This should not be missing in any list of deadly martial arts. Created in Korea possibly in prehistoric eras, taekwondo is arguably the world’s most famous martial art.
“Taekwondo” literally translates to “the art of kicking and punching”; that should give you an idea of its threat. But more than punching, taekwondo underscores kicking as it makes use of the legs, considered as the body’s strongest, longest limbs.
This mastery of kicking allowed taekwondo masters to subdue fighters who only knew how to punch. One especially powerful taekwondo kick could stun an enemy in a heartbeat.
If China and Korea have kung fu and taekwondo, Japan has the wildly popular karate. This martial art form tries to involve all parts of the body in combat. It involves not only kicking and punching, but also throws and so-called “knife strikes,” among others. Karate also differs from most others in this list in that it genuinely focuses on the mind as well as the body.
You may not think so but karate is only a relatively new form of martial arts. It was first developed by Japanese soldiers in the 19th century.
Esteemed among the deadliest martial art forms in the world, the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) a.k.a. “semper fu” perfects hand-to-hand combat. Initially, soldiers are taught strikes and take-downs. In latter phases of the program, they are taught how to deal with a rifle-wielding enemy – without the aid of arms.
MCMAP is only the successor to a much deadlier martial art also developed by the marines. Called LINE, it was discontinued due to its singular dangerousness. MCMAP was conceived because the command felt they need some targets alive.
Its teachings are rudimentarily violent.
No nonsense about the soul, etc – the sole intent is to disarm and disable, if not destroy opponents.