It's quite normal these days for people to train in more than one style of martial arts. Some people like to train in many similar styles (learning more than one Kung Fu animal style for example) and some people like total diversity (one from China, one from Japan, one from Korea etc).
Depending on how much time you have, you might train in 2 or 3 styles (or maybe even more if you are really keen / mad), so we thought that this morning we would look at what the best combinations would be, to make you the most complete martial artist possible.
Two Martial Arts
If you have time for 2 martial arts then it's important to get 2 arts that complement each other enough to be effective, but are different enough that they give you a bit of everything.
A good starting place is to have 1 martial art that is a physical, fighting martial art that concentrates on throwing, locking and ground work. There are many of these, namely:
Once you have a ground fighting martial art, the best way to compliment it is with a mainly striking martial art. Again, there are many to choose from, the main ones being:
We reckon that if you chose one from each list, and trained in both regularly, you would be a formidable martial artist in no time at all.
Three Martial Arts
If you have a bit more time on your hands, or if martial arts really is your thing, then you might want to train in 3 different martial arts all at once.
One split which people like to do is to choose 3 martial arts from 3 different parts of the world. Some of the best combos for this are as follows:
As I'm sure you can work out the list of possible combinations is long, and getting the right mix could really turn you into a great martial artist.
Another approach is to try and find 3 martial arts that give you an overall skill set that covers everything.
The classic ground fighting martial arts are a good place to start. The ground fighting martial arts also throw-in throws and locks for good measure.
The next block from which one should be picked is the martial arts that concentrate on striking:
Finally, there are "the rest". Lots of martial arts have a mixture of grappling-style and striking-style techniques, and picking one of them to give you a bit more of each area wouldn't be a bad way to complete your set of 3:
Training in any combination of martial arts, using our tips above or not (for example training in Judo, Japanese Ju Jitsu and Aikido would go completely against the above) is going to make you a better martial artist. The additional training, and the different perspectives of each art and their instructors will only add to your perspective and skill set.
And besides, how can you tell anyone that your martial art is the best without trying them all first?