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What Style of Martial Arts Classes are Right for Me?

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Choosing the right martial art to study can be a transformative decision, impacting your fitness, self-defence skills and, most importantly, your overall well-being.

With so many popular styles available in Leeds, it's crucial to understand the unique benefits each system offers in order to make an informed choice. Martial arts are not just about combat; they promote discipline, confidence and a healthy lifestyle.

So in this post, we’ll explore five popular martial arts disciplines and compare them to our own AEGIS system, looking at their pros and cons and hopefully helping you determine the best fit for your own needs and goals, or those of your children.

Popular Martial Arts Classes and What Makes Them Unique


Originating from Okinawa, Japan, Karate is renowned for its powerful strikes and disciplined approach. It focuses on punches, kicks and open-hand techniques, fostering physical strength and mental resilience. Karate involves kata (forms), kumite (sparring) and kihon (basics), providing a comprehensive training regime.

Well suited for those seeking a traditional discipline that emphasises respect, perseverance, and self-improvement. Karate is excellent for improving physical fitness, coordination and self-discipline. It's a versatile martial art suitable for all ages and fitness levels.


Kickboxing combines elements of traditional boxing with kicking techniques from martial arts such as Karate and Muay Thai. It offers an intense cardiovascular workout, making it ideal for fitness enthusiasts. Kickboxing improves agility, coordination and endurance through dynamic punching and kicking drills. This martial art is perfect for individuals who enjoy high-energy, full-body workouts and wish to enhance their athletic abilities while learning effective self-defence techniques.

Kickboxing classes are often fast-paced and can be a fun way to stay in shape.


Jiu-Jitsu, particularly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), focuses on ground fighting and submission holds. It’s highly effective for self-defence, teaching practitioners how to control and neutralise opponents regardless of their size. BJJ promotes the use of leverage and technique over brute strength, making it accessible to people of all body types. This martial art is suitable for those interested in grappling, strategic thinking, and mastering control-based combat techniques, promoting problem-solving skills and patience.

It’s also great for building endurance, flexibility and mental toughness.

Tae Kwon Do

Originating from Korea, Tae Kwon Do is known for its emphasis on high, fast kicks and jumping or spinning attacks. This martial art not only enhances physical fitness and flexibility but also installs a strong sense of discipline and respect.

Tae Kwon Do is particularly popular among children due to its dynamic and exciting techniques, which are frequently seen in action movies.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

MMA is a hybrid sport that incorporates techniques from various martial arts, including boxing, wrestling, Muay Thai and even BJJ. It’s popular for its comprehensive approach to fighting, covering striking and grappling both standing and on the ground. MMA training provides a rigorous and versatile workout, enhancing overall fitness and combat readiness. It is ideal for individuals seeking a challenging and physically demanding martial art that prepares them for a variety of combat scenarios.

MMA is a hugely popular spectator event, making it a top choice for kids. But consideration should be given to the lack of ‘foundational focus’ found in other martial arts.

The AEGIS System

The Aegis System offers a unique blend of Karate, Kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu unlike any other martial art. This thoroughly modern self-defence discipline combines the best elements of different traditional martial arts to provide a well-rounded training experience.

AEGIS focuses on practical self-defence techniques, fitness and personal development, making it accessible and beneficial for all ages and skill levels. It’s especially effective for beginners and younger students. Our training programs are designed to improve physical fitness, enhance self-defence capabilities and foster a strong sense of community among practitioners.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Martial Art for Your Children

For parents, selecting the right martial art for their children is crucial. Martial arts can provide numerous benefits for kids, including improved fitness, discipline and confidence.

At AEGIS Leeds East, we understand the importance of these benefits and cater significantly to younger students. Our programs, most notably our Ninja Tykes, Ninja Tots and children’s martial arts classes are designed to emphasise self-discipline and self-defence, rather than encouraging aggression.

This focused approach ensures that your children not only learn valuable life skills and self defence mechanisms, but also develop a respectful and non-violent attitude towards others.

Why Choose AEGIS?

The AEGIS system stands out for its holistic approach, balancing striking and grappling techniques with a strong emphasis on personal growth. Our certified black belt instructors are dedicated to providing high-quality training in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Whether you’re looking to improve your fitness, learn self-defence or build confidence, AEGIS offers the perfect balance. Our Leeds East academy is committed to helping each student achieve their own personal goals while developing key life skills such as discipline, respect and perseverance.

Come Along and Try One of Our Martial Arts Classes for Yourself

We invite you or your children to join us at AEGIS Leeds East for a free taster lesson and experience firsthand the benefits of our unique martial arts system. Discover how AEGIS can help you achieve your personal goals and enhance your overall well-being.

Martial arts can be a life-changing pursuit and with AEGIS, you can embark on this journey with confidence and support.

Common questions about our martial arts classes

To help you choose the right martial art, here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at our Leeds East Academy;

What age can my child start martial arts classes?

Many martial arts schools accept children as young as 4 years old, but it varies by school and discipline. Here at AEGIS Leeds East, we’ve developed bespoke martial arts classes for children as young as 2. Check out our Ninja Tykes page for more information.

How do I choose the right martial arts classes for my child?

Look for classes led by qualified instructors, a safe environment and lots of positive reviews. Visiting the dojo or academy and observing a class can also help.

Are your martial arts classes safe for kids?

Yes, taught by qualified instructors, our martial arts classes are very safe and we place great emphasis on discipline and control.

What are the benefits of martial arts for children?

Martial arts improve physical fitness, discipline, self-confidence and social skills.

Can AEGIS help my child with bullying?

Most martial arts teach children self-defence skills and build confidence, which will help them handle bullying situations more effectively. At AEGIS we focus on developing the confidence and techniques to avoid bullying situations and defend themselves when confronted.

Do your martial arts classes encourage aggression?

Absolutely not! At AEGIS we teach self-control, respect and discipline, helping all practitioners to manage their emotions and avoid aggression.

What should I look for in a good martial arts instructor?

Look for instructors with proper certification, experience and a positive teaching style that encourages and supports students.

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