" Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. "
Mahatma Gandhi

 

A Martial Art can be referred to as Internal, External or both.  This classification or characteristic is defined by what the Martial Art develops and cultivates in the Martial Artist. 

If regular practice in the Martial Art develops the physical attributes of the practitioner, such as speed, strength, agility, and stamina, then this Martial Art is referred to as an External Martial Art.

By contrast, with regular practice a Martial Art may improve the mental, intuitive, and Spiritual aspects of the Martial Artist.  The Martial Artist may become more sensitive to the flow of their own energy and may be able to overcome brute force and aggression with efficiency and calm. This Martial Art is thus classified as an Internal Martial Art.

 

Shaolin Kung Fu
Chángquán
Shuai Jiao
Adithada
External
Boxing
External
Hap Ki Do
External
Muay Thai
External
Jūjutsu
External
Judo
External
Jeet Kune Do
External
Karate Do
External
Taekwondo
External
Kickboxing
External
Wrestling
External
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
External
Krav Maga
External
Arnis (Kali/ Eskrima)
External
Silat
External
Sanda
External
Sambo
External
Wing Chun Kuen
External
Ying Quan
External
Ninjutsu
External
Silambam
External
Pehlwani
External
Gatka
External
Nguni Stick Fighting
External
Fānziquán
External
Dambe
External
Piguaquan
External
Tahtib
External
Nuba Fighting
External
Luta Livre
External
Vale Tudo
External
Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu
External
Bafaquan
External
Bajiquan
External
Bak Mei
External
Aikido
Internal
Capoeira
Internal
Kendo
Internal
Taijiquan
Internal
Baguazhang
Internal
Engolo
Internal
Istunka
Internal
Kalaripayattu
Internal, External
Moraingy
Internal, External
Huka-Huka
Internal, External
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