What is the most physically-demanding martial art?
The physical demands of a martial art are defendant upon the practitioner, not the specific style. A karate kata can be done slowly and quietly, or it can be done at a more rapid pace with tension and power. The effort put into the practice of any martial art will be well worth it.
Harder arts that are more suited for the young and strong would include Krav Magna, Mauy Thai, and Brazilian JuJitsu. But anyone with the motivation and desire can become quite proficient at them.
I am training muay thai and it is extremely hard work.... but as mentioned it depends on the trainer and also on you how much enthusiasm you put into the tranining.
Southern Praying Mantis style Kung Fu. You don't know the meaning of hard until you try this.
There are martial arts which demand nearly acrobatic skills, this is the case of Brazilian Capoeira. (Like Christie and Eddy from tekken!)
Tae Kwon Do is heavily dependent on kicking and leg work. As the legs use the largest muscle groups a Tae Kwon Do workout will always leave you sweating.
Sip Pal Gi, Korean Kung Fu, is a very physically challenging martial arts. Very low positions and 180 degree rising spins are part of the style.
The most recent "established" martial art would have to be mixed martial arts or MMA. Unfortunately there is some debate to whether or not this an original martial art because it's just an amalgamation of several techniques from other martial arts. It combines everything from Judo to Greco-Roman Wrestling.
Any martial art would good. They all provide physical activity, teach martial skills and, probably most important, teach patience and focus. The question to ask is why a martial art? Competition? Physical activity? Self Defense? Is this something thy want to do for a few years, or for the rest of their life?
Yes, many martial arts include the use of weapons. Many people have a misconception as to what a martial art is. Most have the idea that martial art means only the weaponless arts that originated in Asia. This is too limited a definition. A martial art is the study of the art of fighting. It includes all skills that are of value in combat. Archery, sword fighting, shooting, running, equestrian, swimming and dozens of others…
In general terms it would be Taekwondo, as it is practiced by the largest number of individuals. There are many different styles of Taekwondo ( ITF and WTF). The most wide spread is probably the Korean version of Tae Kwon Do. 1) International Taekwondo Federation: Martial Art. Stong emphasis on Self defence and Discipline. 2) World Taekwondo Federation: Full Contact/Point Sparring/ Olympic Sport/Martial Art. Stong emphasis on Health Fitness, Self defence, Discipline, and Martial Art.
The Seikuuken is a martial art movement that appears on the anime show "The Mightiest Disciple", however this movement itself looks really similar with the "360 Defense" movement. The 360 Defense is a technique that comes from the martial art Krav Maga. The Martial art by itself is a deadly Martial Art, and it is from Slovakia. However, the Martial art is more famous in Israel.
Kendo is the japanese martial art of the sword. Iaido is the art of drawing the sword. Kyudo is the art of archery, Yabusame, the art of horseback archery. These were all practiced by samurai. In England knights also trained in ways of the sword, shield, mace, longbow, catapult and other weaponry. Although they had no exotic names, these disciplines are martial arts in the most literal sense.
It might be difficult to determine what is the most popular world wide, but several stand-outs include Taekwondo (gaining full Olympic status in 2000), Judo (already an Olympic event), various forms of Karate, jujutsu (and various forms including Brazilian, Kung fu, and capoeira. Some people consider Boxing and Wrestling to be in the Martial Art category, but certainly not by the widely accepted philosophy of combat warrior training combined with mental and spiritual development with…
Most martial arts are based around either self defense or attacking, but one of the least aggressive, most self defense related martial art that I have encountered has been the Japanese art of Aikido. Aikido is based around walking stances and using an attacker's energy against them. Taekwondo is also a very effective form of self defense. Virtually all systems of Martial Art are potentially good for self defense if they are taught correctly by…