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For the combat sport, see Mixed martial arts.

Hybrid martial arts (also known as hybrid fighting systems) refer to martial arts or fighting systems that incorporate techniques and theories from several particular martial arts.



While numerous martial arts borrow or adapt from other arts and to some extent could be considered hybrids, a hybrid martial art emphasizes its stylistic origins. Other terms such as mixed martial arts and combatives may be seen as synonyms or near-synonyms of hybrid martial arts, but such terms have other meanings as well: mixed martial arts or MMA has come to refer to a type of combat sport, while combatives is associated with the United States Army.


Examples of these hybrids include Zen Do Kai, which incorporates Muay Thai, Kickboxing and elements of Judo, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and many other Martial Arts; Kajukenbo, which includes specific elements of karate, judo, jujutsu, kenpo, and Chinese boxing;[1] Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do that uses aspects derived from various arts including boxing and fencing.

A historical example of cross-cultural hybridization in the martial arts is Bartitsu, created in 1899 as a combination of several forms of traditional jujutsu, Kodokan judo, English boxing, French savate and stick fighting. Other forms of hybrid martial arts include Modern Pankration which combines boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, Muay Thai and the throwing and ground elements of judo.

See also


  1. ^ Walton, Charlie. Kajukenbo History. URL last accessed January 11, 2006.


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