The most popular martial arts in the world, based on worldwide recognition and practice, are:

  1. Boxing: Known for its wide appeal in both the competitive and recreational arenas, boxing enjoys immense popularity around the world.
  2. Karate: With millions of practitioners around the world, karate is one of the most well-known and practiced martial arts.
  3. Kung Fu: Originating in China, Kung Fu is globally recognized and practiced, and is often depicted in popular culture and movies.
  4. Judo: Olympic sport, judo has a significant global following and is practiced in many countries around the world.
  5. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: This grappling-based martial art has gained international recognition, particularly in the context of mixed martial arts (MMA).
  6. Taekwondo: Olympic sport with a large number of practitioners, Taekwondo is popular around the world, especially among young people.
  7. Muay Thai: Known as the “Art of Eight Limbs,” Muay Thai is highly regarded and widely practiced, particularly in the context of combat sports.
  8. Kickboxing: Popular as a physical activity and competitive sport, kickboxing has a strong international presence.
  9. Wushu: Wushu, a full-contact, exhibition sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts, has wide appeal and a large following around the world.
  10. Aikido: Known for its philosophy of non-violence and harmonization with the energy of the opponent, Aikido is practiced throughout the world and is appreciated for its unique approach.