Wanna Kick Some Butt? Unique Martial Arts That'll Teach You How

Sunaina posted on 11 February

The city has quite a bit of martial arts forms from all over the world you can learn to defend yourself from pretty much everything, and here’s a lowdown.


This form originated in Kerala and is one of the oldest in the world. It combines the art of attack and defence and is a complete form of physical training. In case you’re looking to make your body more flexible, it might just be everything you might be looking for in a physical activity!

Kalari Kendram in Delhi offers some excellent courses. Find out more here.

Classes & Workshops

1037, Arun Vihar, Sector 37, Noida

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Silat is a collective form of martial arts from South-East Asia, mostly in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam , Singapore, Thailand and Southern Philippines. Pencak Silat, a derivative of Silat, originates from Indonesia and usually involves full-body fighting with strikes, grappling and throwing, as opposed to weapons.

Delhi Pencak Silat Association holds classes in Delhi. Get in touch with them here.

Wing Chun

Wing Chun is one of the youngest forms of Kung Fu and heavily dependent on concept-based methods of self-defence. It is an short-range combat system that can be exploited by one and all, irrespective of gender or age, to overcome stronger and bigger opponents.

Get in touch with Sasanka Deka {+91 9873062709}, who is a certified trainer at India Wing Chun Academy. Find out more here.

Classes & Workshops

Lower Ground Floor, E Block Market, Hauz Khas, New Delhi

Jiu Jitsu

This Brazilian form mostly focuses on on-the-ground fighting, using natural body strength to obtain control over the opponent.

Find out more here

Classes & Workshops

B-36, 2nd Floor, Shivalik, Above D-Pauls, Aurobindo College Road, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi

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Jeet Kune Do

This form of martial art follows Bruce Lee’s philosophy {who also founded it}, fcussing on attacking just when the opponent is about to attack. It’s all about minimum body movement with maximum effect.

Jeet Kune Do, Athletic Club India holds classes all over Delhi. Check them out here.

Community Groups

B-36, 2nd Floor, Above D-Pauls, Aurobindo College Road, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi


Kali, a Filipino martial arts, teaches one how to fight with/against sharp or blunt weapons like knives, iron rods, sticks, bats, swords, knuckle dusters and the like. They even teach you how to use your phones, keys, pen {or anything else sharp or solid around you} to use as weapons for some self defence.

Find out more here.


A Brazilian form of martial arts that beautifully synchronises dance with music and acrobatics. Don’t be fooled by how elegant this may sound; it’s known for its quick and complex moves, using a lot of power, speed and agility.

Delhi Rock holds a lot of classes and they’re not too expensive to take, either. Check out more info here.


Premises Gurudwara Nanaksar, Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi