The 10 Deadliest Martial Arts Ever Created

The 10 Deadliest Martial Arts Ever Created

The martial arts are a systematic tradition of combat practises used for a variety of reasons, such as self-defence, military and law enforcement applications, mental and spiritual development, entertainment, and the preservation of cultural heritage. It becomes apparent how deadly the martial arts can be, especially considering that they were created for use in battle. Here are the 10 deadliest martial arts ever created.

Kung Fu

Kung Fu has been practised for centuries in China, the country of it’s origin, and is often referred to as ‘The Grandfather of Hand-to-Hand Fighting’. Originally used by Chinese warriors for both attack and self-defence, practitioners mould their bodies and minds to become lethal tools of war.

Muay Thai

Notorious for its substantial use of elbow and knee strikes, Muay Thai is Thailand’s celebrated ‘Art of Eight Limbs’. This brutal form of full-contact self-defence was developed during the battles between the Burmese of the Konbaung Dynasty and Siam in the mid-18th century.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Popularised by the 1st, 2nd, and 4th winner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Royce Gracie, Brazilian Jiu Jitusu emphasises ground fighting and smaller practitioners have the ability to overpower much larger opponents by leveraging their bodies.


Eskrima, also known as Arnis or Kali, is the national sport of the Philippines. Defined by hand-to-hand combat as well as weapon-based fighting employing sticks, knives, and blades, Eskrima was notoriously prohibited during the Spanish invasion, but the practise ultimately survived as practitioners were able to disguise this ferocious fighting style as dance.


Best described as a fusion of numerous martial art styles, Bacom was born on the streets of Lima and is native to Peru – much like AFL premiership betting is most popular in Australia. Not as well known as Bacorn, but no less effective and deadly, Bacom fights often resulted in death due to it’s use of hidden weapons and tactics of deception.

Vale Tudo

Not as well-known as Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Vale Tudo is a lethal full-contact martial art with a name meaning ‘anything goes’. With very few rules, combining techniques from an array of other martial arts, Vale Tudo tournaments are generally held in secret owing to their brutality.


Just about everyone has heard the word ‘Ninja, making Ninjutsu one of the most well-known martial arts in the world. With a focus on unconventional warfare, espionage, and assassination, Ninjutsu was developed in feudal Japan and practitioners were referred to as hinin or non-human.

Rough and Tumble

With its first appearance during the American Revolution of the 17th century, Rough and Tumble is said to be one of the few fighting styles native to the United States and focused on maximum damage with everything from eye gauging to tongue-biting.


LINE, which stands for Linear Infighting Neural-override Engagement, is a lethal conflict technique which combines various martial arts techniques including Judo’s ‘hip-throws’. Developed by the US Marine Corps during the 1990’s, LINE is still employed by various special forces today.

Krav Maga

First developed for the Israeli Defence Force, Krav Maga is the world’s most effective and dangerous form of combat and is known as a non-sport form of martial arts. Since it is a non-sport form of martial arts, Krav Maga does not concern itself with the well-being of the opponent and was created to inflict the maximum amount of pain possible, quickly and efficiently.