man training on punching bag at home

Learning martial arts at home can be super easy with all of the new videos online and DVD series. If you do not have the time or money to take classes, you can easily teach yourself at home.

How do you do self-defense training at home? The easiest way is to buy a course either one that is online or buy a DVD course. You can then review the techniques over and over to master them.

If you are interested, in learning martial arts, you may have to buy some equipment including a punching bag and boxing gloves. You can check out some of the equipment we use to train.

You can successfully learn without the equipment, although, it will come in handy.

With all of this being said, it is important that you do the research to make sure that you choose the martial arts that is best for you.

If you are going to be spending your time learning something, you want it to be something that you enjoy and that works for you.

I trained in several different martial arts and realized I like fighting arts such as MMA, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, and Krav Maga.

Here are some martial art styles that you can learn at home with the right online or DVD training.

1. Jiu-Jitsu

Believe it or not, Jiu-Jitsu is actually one of the easiest and best martial art to learn at home. Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport.

Basically, the rundown of Jiu-Jitsu focuses on grappling and ground fighting.

Grappling is hand-to-hand combat that is used to gain an advantage when fighting. Ground fighting is hand-to-hand combat that occurs when both fighters are on the ground. Ground fighting can also be known as groundwork or ground game.

When practicing Jiu-Jitsu, sparring is another technique commonly used. Sparring is essentially free-form fighting.

My son took Jiu-Jitsu in a class when he was younger and after each class, the kids would grapple on the ground. The grappling helped them to try and use the technique they just learned.

Jiu-Jitsu is straightforward to learn at home because there are several techniques that when walked through step-by-step you can learn the technique.

There are several programs that were created to teach Jiu-Jitsu at home. One of them is our free training on this website does teach Jiu-Jitsu along with stand-up fighting.

If the online classes are not necessarily your style, you can always purchase a DVD set that you can watch and teach yourself Jiu-Jitsu.

If you can find a partner to learn and practice with you, that could be beneficial as well. It is not needed as there are many individual techniques, but there are tons of techniques that require a partner as well.

You can also buy a Jiu-Jitsu wrestling dummy that you can find on Amazon.

Jiu-Jitsu video training we offer for free. This is a Guillotine Choke.

2. Karate

Another good martial art to learn at home is karate. Karate is probably what comes to mind when you hear martial arts because of its popularity in movies and in other media.

There are several other martial arts besides karate, however, karate is extremely popular here in the United States.

Karate happens to be easy to learn at home. Basically, karate is a striking and kicking martial art.

This means that it primarily uses punching, kicking, elbow and knee strikes, open-hand techniques, and palm-heel strikes.

Now in modern days, karate also uses grappling, joint locks, and other techniques.

Joint locks are when you apply pressure on your opponent’s joints to control the opponent or disarm an attacker in a self-defense situation.

Karate focuses a lot on balance and power.

It is also important to learn the basic stances before you actually learn any techniques.

The three main types of stances are walking stance, front stance, and cat stance.

The walking stance and front stance are similar and the cat stance is when you put more weight on your back leg. Look up these stances to delve deeper into the positioning and techniques.

When doing karate at home, it is important to meditate and warm up before you begin practicing. After that simply get online or put in your training DVD to learn at home.

Karate is straightforward to learn at home because most of the techniques are for individuals and easy to grasp.

3. Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a martial art from Korea that focuses on very fast pace techniques like spinning, jumping, and kicking.

There is an entire movie called “Spin Kick” dedicated to this martial art.

Taekwondo became so popular and competitive that it is now an Olympic sport. It is one of the most systematic forms of martial arts and I think that is why it sparks so much interest in the people who practice it.

It is very technically difficult and almost scientific.

It is very dynamic and requires more foot skills than the other forms of martial art.

Even though it requires more footwork, it is definitely a martial art that you can learn to do at home.

Taekwondo is known for its “theory of power” which focuses on speed and agility. It is an anaerobic and aerobic workout practicing for taekwondo.

This martial art focuses on forms, sparring, and breaking. Breaking is the art of breaking boards that are used for training. Bricks, tiles, and blocks of ice can also be used.

You do not have break boards or ice when learning from home. There are many online videos and DVD sets that focus on Taekwondo kicking and punching that you can practice at home.

4. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Mixed martial arts or MMA is a full-contact combat sport.

It focuses on using striking and grappling, but overall it uses many mixed techniques from different forms of martial arts.

There are many different strategies that MMA uses including sprawl and brawl, clinch fighting, ground and pound, and many more.

There are also specific groups and courses for MMA that are specific to women.

If you are a woman and interested in learning MMA, I would suggest that when looking for tutorial videos online you search for women’s MMA.

There are professional MMA competitions everywhere as I am sure you have seen on TV or heard about.

This is a martial art that definitely involves more freedom and many different techniques.

Make sure that if this is the one you choose, you put the time and energy in to fully be successful.

You want to work on getting stronger and faster to be your best when practicing MMA.

Try to do running or working out to increase your endurance before and while learning different MMA styles and techniques.

Having a strong core is a big part of most MMA techniques so you can also work on things to strengthen your core as well.

Simple things like push-ups, sit-ups, planks, leg raise, and jump roping can go a long way in helping you prepare your body for martial arts.

This martial art needs a lot of warming up and preparation of the body in order for success. For the best outcome, you could look up several different videos including drills and actual techniques.

Elbow strikes that are used in Muay Thai and MMA training/fighting.


Overall there are many different martial arts that you can try to learn, and there are even several that are ones you can learn from home.

It is just very important that you put in the time, energy, and effort to succeed.

Giving yourself two hours a week is not going to cut it. If you are going to take time out of your life to learn something, you might as well do it right and give it your all.

You want to take the time to research different martial arts that way you pick the one that best suits you and what you want to get out of it.

Check out our training gear section for the equipment you may need.

You can also train for free with our training videos and then move to a school once you figure out what you like.

If you want to know what self-defense classes are like check out our article.

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