We have lots of opportunities for you to get involved in Martial Arts at the University of Leeds, from playing to spectating. Find out more below.
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BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)
BJJ is a unique combat sport that enables you to control your opponent through takedowns, submissions, and joint manipulation. Due to this emphasis on technique, it teaches you how to use leverage over strength through using your opponent’s momentum and balance against them.
Jiu Jitsu is a self defence martial art that uses a system of throwing, locking and striking based on traditional forms from medieval Japan. By using the aggressor’s energy against them, Jiu Jitsu can be used by men, women and children to counter any aggressive situation
Judo originated in Japan around 1882. The literal translation of judo is the “gentle way”. It incorporates a variety of throwing and groundwork techniques to ultimately score an ‘ippon’, a full point.
Karate is a Japanese martial art, originating from the Japanese island Okinawa. “Karate” literally means “empty hand”. An unarmed combat using the hands and feet to deliver and block blows, karate is widely practiced as a sport. Strikes include: punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands, also grappling, locks, restraints and throws.
Kickboxing + Krav Maga
Using your legs for kicking and arms for punching you will be using all your muscles meaning kickboxing is one of the best sports to burn calories and reduce body fat, strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and condition your body. Aside from physical benefits, it also increases confidence and nothing reduces stress (from our Uni work) quite like punching some pads!
Tae-Kwon-Do is a relatively modern Korean martial art, as it was only formally introduced in the 1950s! It literally translates as ‘the art of hand and foot’ (kicking and punching!) however its emphasis is primarily on kicking!
Thai Boxing or Muay thai Is a form of hard martial art originating from South-East Asia, most famously Thailand. The sport differs from kickboxing through its emphasis on the use of knee and elbow strikes as well as kicks and punches.
There are lots of opportunities to take part in martial arts socially with no commitment at the University of Leeds. Find out more below.
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Become a Coach
We have lots of opportunities to gain experience and qualifications at the University of Leeds. Find out more below.