25 Most Lethal Martial Arts Ever Created

Posted by , Updated on September 10, 2018


Are you looking for the most effective martial art in a real fight? Well look no further; these are the deadliest martial arts and fighting techniques. What began with sticks and stones developed into extremely intricate and deadly types of martial arts self defense. Are you ready to learn about the 25 Most Lethal Martial Arts Ever Created?

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An ancient Cambodian martial art having its origins on the battlefield, its name literally translates to “pounding a lion.” By using a diverse array of strikes and weapons it may not be surprising to know that Bokator has been responsible for numerous deaths.



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Although technically it is no longer practiced, Combato was an extremely lethal martial art style used in World War II by the Canadian Armed Forces. First developed by Bill Underwood in 1910, after the war, several law enforcement agencies requested him to teach their officers. Bill refused, however, on the grounds that Combato was too violent and thus developed Defendo as a more civilian-friendly successor.


Jeet Kun Do

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Developed by Bruce Lee, this hybrid martial art style was his response to the “flowery” techniques used in other systems. Bruce felt that although these stylistic forms certainly had aesthetic appeal, their practical usefulness was nearly zero.


Shippalgi (Sib Pal Gi)

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Practiced by the Korean military for hundreds of years, this martial art is split into three categories – thrust, strike, and slice. Unlike many of its Korean counterparts, however, its focus is much more on practical fighting techniques than artsy philosophies.




Although today it is more of a display of finesse and skill than anything else, this martial art was born in the slave ghettos of Brazil hundreds of years ago. Originally, it was a technique by which slaves could free or defend themselves against attackers. Powerful kicks and clever movements were disguised as dance, giving slaves opportunity to discreetly practice. Due to its dangerous nature and history, there have been periods of time where it’s been outlawed in Brazil and is even frowned upon in certain Brazilian social groups today.

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